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Plans put forward for 16 wind turbines in the north-east  

Credit:  By Stephen Christie, The Press and Journal, www.pressandjournal.co.uk 6 January 2011 ~~

The latest crop of planning applications for wind turbines in the north-east could see 16 masts built across the region.

Ten separate proposals for turbines have been lodged with Aberdeenshire Council in the past month, including projects at Fraserburgh, Turriff, Banff and New Pitsligo.

Five masts, ranging in height from 60ft to 260ft, could be built in the Strichen area under three separate applications.

These include one proposal by central Buchan councillor Peter Chapman who wants to erect two turbines on land at Redbog.

Other projects near Strichen are earmarked for Oldmill Farm and Denend.

Two 330ft structures could also be built at Bonnykelly, New Pitsligo, with another bid tabled for one 90ft mast at nearby East Brownhill.

Plans have also been unveiled for two 90ft masts at Backmill, Turriff, and two 150ft structures at Everton of Auchry, Cuminestown.

Elsewhere, a 70ft turbine could be built at Torlundy House, Fraserburgh, another of similar height at King Edward, Banff, and a further two at Crimonmogate, Lonmay.

All 10 applications are being considered by the local authority with decisions expected in the coming months.

Council chiefs have recently suggested that some parts of the north-east countryside are becoming too crowded and cannot cope with more wind turbines. New Pitsligo and Turriff are among the areas identified.

Concerns were initially raised when potato farmer Alan Twatt tabled plans for a 320ft mast at Greenhill Croft, Bonnykelly.

Local authority planners claimed the turbine would “detrimentally change” the landscape due to the high number of already approved or built structures nearby. A planning spokesman revealed there were seven other wind turbine projects within 10 miles of the site of Mr Twatt’s proposal.

His project was eventually backed by councillors after it was referred to the local authority’s infrastructure services committee.

A windfarm plan for Cairnhill, near Turriff, also attracted concerns about overcrowding in the countryside. Farmer James Norrie wanted to double the size of his existing wind turbine cluster by installing three 260ft masts.

A planning official said cumulative impact was becoming an “increasingly important issue” given the level of interest in wind energy in the region.

Mr Norrie’s bid was blocked by councillors.

Source:  By Stephen Christie, The Press and Journal, www.pressandjournal.co.uk 6 January 2011

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