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Wind farm planned for beauty spot  

A wind farm application at a north-east beauty spot, which has raised the concerns of two campaign groups, is due to be formally submitted.

The application has been drawn up by Cushnie Wind Energy, a joint venture of Falck Renewables and RDC Scotland.

But locals are worried that the proposal for seven wind turbines and a sub-station in Cushnie, Aberdeenshire, will be a blot on the landscape.

It will be visible to residents in both Tarland and Alford.

Local residents, worried about the impact of the 410 ft turbines, have formed two pressure groups to voice their objections.

Tarland-based Stop On Pressendye (Stop) and Cushnie Wind Action Group (CWAG) have joined forces to encourage others to get involved in their campaign.

Ray King, CWAG chairman, said: “We have a lot of concerns. It’s not just about the visual impact, it’s about a lot more than that. Wind farms have got their place but not in that location.”

The groups will be studying the proposal next week to find out what will be done to reduce the potential impact on nearby water supplies and lower the aerodynamic noise produced.

Fraser MacKenzie, project manager for the agent, Atmos Consulting, said residents had the opportunity to view the proposals at public exhibitions last August.

He is confident that any concerns raised have been addressed in the new proposal.

Increased capacity

“We believe this is a good location for a wind farm as the area has excellent wind speed, straightforward connections to the national grid and is designated in the local authority strategy as suitable for this type of smaller-scale wind farm,” he added.

The manufacturers claim the turbines could provide power for 7,500 homes and displace more than 35,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.

Meanwhile, Scottish ministers have backed plans to increase the capacity of Mid Hill wind farm, near Cairn o’ Mount, Banchory.

However, last week it was revealed that the Scottish Government is “minded” to refuse the 181-turbine scheme on Lewis.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) has asked First Minister Alex Salmond to intervene over the plans for one of Europe’s largest wind farms.

BBC News

29 January 2008

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