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Villagers hit out at plans for more turbines  

Residents have hit out at plans for more wind turbines in their area.

And concerned villagers in Barthol Chapel, near Ellon, claim “piecemeal” development will lead to one large, poorly-designed windfarm covering a vast swathe of countryside.

The two new applications cover land to the north of the village, near Methlick.

Farmers in the hilly area around the River Ythan hope to diversify their businesses and cut energy costs.

Robert Barker helped form the community association windfarm group following an earlier application, lodged under the name Methlick Farmers.

The proposals detail six turbines, as high as 295ft (90m), which would be constructed around the village if planning consent is granted.

Of the latest application, he said: “The impact on Aberdeenshire will be that we’re going to be covered by one huge windfarm.”

The new application for land at Hill of Balquhindachy brings the total of proposed turbines at the same farm to three.

Applicant Grant Mackie could not be reached for comment.

Evening Express

15 September 2007

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