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Planners have recommended refusing bids to build five huge wind turbines in the North-east.

Applicants Ernie Lee and John Lind want to build the 295ft (90m) turbines at various sites in Methlick, Oldmeldrum and Inverurie.

The plans have received 147 letters of objection and 126 of support. Consultation has been carried out, and 24 groups were asked for their views.

Objections raised included potential damage to tourism, noise pollution, adverse impact on ecology and landscape and inappropriate sites for the turbines near to the settlements and groups of houses.

However, some of the letters of support described the turbines as “majestic and beautiful”.

Other points for the turbines included they were an attractive addition to the landscape and could become a tourist attraction

But, in a report by Aberdeenshire Council planners, each application is being recommended for refusal.

Reasons include the turbines having an adverse impact on the character of the area and causing interference to the radar and air traffic control systems at Aberdeen Airport.

The applications are due to go before the Formartine area committee on Tuesday.

The sites are at Balgove, Oldmeldrum; Courtstone, Methlick; Haddo, Methlick; Hattonslap, Oldmeldrum; and St Katherines, Inverurie.

The North-east is already home to several windfarms.

A £31 million windfarm opened in July 2005 in Glens of Foudland, near Huntly.

And plans for 23 turbines two miles off Aberdeen beach are expected to progress next year.

A Scottish-based consortium, led by oil firm Talisman and Scottish and Southern Energy, is behind a pilot scheme to create a 200-turbine wind farm 12 miles offshore.

By Kelly Wilson

thisisnorthscotland.co.uk

19 April 2007

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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