Controversial plans for a Mearns wind turbine development were unanimously approved by councillors yesterday.
Montrose-based East Coast Viners got the go-ahead for three turbines, each nearly 330ft, at Jacksbank Hill near Drumlithie.
The application attracted 64 letters of support and 24 against.
Kincardine and Mearns area committee heard that the firm, which produces frozen peas and broad beans, would reduce operating costs and secure 50 jobs at its nearby feed mill.
The turbines, about six miles from Stonehaven, would directly supply the mill near Drumlithie and meet nearly all of its annual electricity requirements.
Objectors were concerned about shadow flicker and noise pollution.
They also claimed the turbines would have an impact on local wildlife.
A protest group called JackWag warned that there were already enough turbines planned for the area.
Aberdeenshire Provost and Mearns councillor Bill Howatson said there was public concern about the proliferation of wind- farms.
He added that while they had to be mindful of the impact on the landscape, it was important to safeguard the rural economy and allow a local business to thrive and expand.
Council planners recommended approval of the project with 25 conditions attached.
The developers say a community fund of about £12,000 a year will be set up once the turbines have been built.
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