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Fresh bid to erect windfarm on hilltop

A windfarm rejected following fears it could throw aircraft off course is back on the agenda.

Plans for the four 256ft turbines on agricultural land at Clochnahill, four miles south of Stonehaven, were thrown out by Kincardine and Mearns area committee in March.

Proposals were rejected amid safety concerns that turbines could interfere with aircraft heading for Aberdeen Airport.

But the applicant, Clochnahil-based farmer Hugh Gordon, is to challenge the decision and the case will now pass to a Scottish Executive hearing.

Councillors agreed in principle with the proposed turbines, which would produce enough energy to power almost 3,000 homes.

However, the committee voted in line with the recommendations of planners and refused the application, stating public safety had to be the first priority.

A hearing, for which a date has not yet been fixed, will consider arguments from all sides.

The Press and Journal

10 July 2007