by Morag Ledingham
Plans for the erection of an 80m high wind turbine at North Redbog, Strichen, will go before members of the Buchan area committee later today (Tuesday).
An application from Mr P. Chapman of Greenhill, Lonmay, will be considered by councillors when they meet in Peterhead.
Mr Chapman wants full planning consent for the erection of the wind turbine as well as for the erection of metering and protection equipment building, drainage system and widening of a field access.
Four letters of representation – three against and one for – have been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council. Objectors express their concern over the visual impact of the proposal and resultant loss of rural amenity; lack of public consultation and debate; doubts over energy benefits and contribution towards the reduction of greenhouse emissions, and the level of economic benefit to the community of such a development.
The letter of support outlines that the development would make a positive contribution to the environment.
In a report to go before today’s meeting, planning officer Chris Ormiston says that while it is inevitable that the introduction of a turbine of 80m in height will be visible from a number of key points, the scale of the structure is such that it will fit with the scale of the landform in the locality of the proposal.
“The site lies within an area which is predominantly agricultural with regular small settlements, featuring infrastructure such as pylons and communications equipment. Under the circumstances, it is considered that the landscape has the capacity for this development,” he says.
“In conclusion, the application is recommended for approval subject to appropriate conditions and a legally-binding agreement covering planning gain, reinstatement bond and television reception and the conclusion of delegated matters.
“The proposed wind turbine development is considered to be in compliance with national and local policy subject to compliance with the recommended conditions.
“Local environment and amenity issues can be satisfactorily addressed at the proposed site and it is considered to represent an opportunity for development to make a contribution to the Scottish Renewables Obligation,” he adds.
‘Local environment and amenity issues can be satisfactorily addressed’
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