Endangered birds and local opposition had threatened to derail the move to the new site at Strathallan Castle, but the local council gave the organisers the nod on Tuesday.
Following an uncertain few weeks, T In The Park has been given the go-ahead for its new site at Strathallan Castle.
The BBC reported that a 90 minute meeting of the Perth and Kinross Council on Tuesday resulted in unanimous support for the application submitted by DF Concerts, which lasts for three years and is subject to a handful of conditions.
Calvin Harris is one of the big names at this year's T In The Park
T In The Park was forced to leave its traditional site near Balado after last year’s festival, as a result of safety concerns because of its proximity to a new oil pipeline. However, the proposition to move to the grounds of Strathallan Castle attracted opposition from residents because of noise and traffic, and from environmental campaigners because endangered birds had been discovered nesting on the site.
The meeting heard representations from the festival’s organisers and from various oppositions, but DF got its way in the end, possibly swung by financial considerations - T is estimated to be worth around £16 million to the Scottish economy.
Geoff Ellis, head of DF Concerts, gave a statement shortly afterwards reacting to the decision. “Massive thanks go to the local communities surrounding Strathallan, who spent a huge amount of their own precious time to show the country that they warmly welcome T In The Park. We will deliver a festival to make them proud and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship, just like the one we had in Kinross and Milnathort for the last 18 years.”
“We do also understand that not everyone wanted the event at Strathallan but we would hope that these people now accept the decision following what has undoubtedly been the most rigorous and intensive process for staging an event in Scotland's history.”