Wind turbines standing more than 400ft-high could be built at an Aberdeenshire beauty spot, it has emerged.
The seven windmills are planned for Pressendye, a hill near Tarland visible from the Cairngorms National Park.
The park authority has already raised concern with Aberdeenshire Council over the “significant” impact the turbines could have on the area.
Cushnie Wind Energy, the company behind the plans, has set up two exhibitions in the area next week to outline the development’s impact.
The proposed site is a prominent feature of the Howe of Cromar landscape between Alford and Aboyne.
The windfarm exhibitions come after an anemometer, used to test conditions, was built at the site.
Concerned resident Simon Welfare, of Easter Davoch, near Tarland, called for the community to take notice of the plans he said could alter the landscape for ever.
He said: “It’s a beautiful part of Aberdeenshire. There’s nothing manmade in the landscape there, except a few discreet telephone poles.
“This is a small community so I hope people get involved with this.”
The developers, a joint venture between Falck Renewables and RDC Scotland with Wales-based West Coast Energy, will hold exhibitions next week.
Representatives will be at Cushnie Hall, Leochel Cushnie, near Alford, from 3pm-8pm on Wednesday. A second exhibition will be held at MacRobert Memorial Hall, Tarland, from 4pm-8pm on Thursday.
Visitors are encouraged to discuss the plans, including transport issues and impact to the landscape, with the developers at the exhibitions. A formal planning application is expected to be lodged with the council later this year.
17 August 2007
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