[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Hatton turbine plan ‘step too far’ 

Credit:  Jamie Buchan, The Press and Journal, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 ~~

Residents in rural Buchan are preparing to battle plans for the area’s biggest windfarm.

Green energy firm PNE Wind UK wants to install 12 turbines near Hatton, south of Peterhead.

The towers, which will generate enough electricity to power tens of thousands of homes, are earmarked for acres of farming land at Hill of Braco.

An application for planning permission is being drawn up and is likely to be lodged before the end of the year, but the scheme has already drawn a backlash from residents living on the edge of the site.

Locals have formed an “awareness group” to raise concerns about the project. A spokeswoman said: “We stress that we do not in any way oppose renewable energy. Some of our members have invested in their own renewable projects, but this is not a proper site for such a large-scale development.”

She said: “We as a group would like to see better planning regulations brought into force, with the emphasis being on more suitable minimum distance between homes and industrial turbines.”

Mintlaw resident Steve Quinn, 53, added: “I have no issues at all with any sensibly and properly planned windfarm projects, but I do when a project like this will blight so many peoples’ lives.”

He believes the shadow flicker caused by the spinning blades would be “nothing short of a nightmare”.

“Quite simply, Aberdeenshire Council needs to look long and hard at this colossal development and turn it down.”

Another opponent, Yvonne Glover, said the turbines could have a “devastating impact” on her home and Kinkockie.

“This is simply going a step too far in the wrong direction,” she said.

Concerns were first raised in 2009 when PNE lodged plans for a 210ft wind-measuring mast at Moss Side of Braco, on the outskirts of Hatton.

The scheme was approved by councillors despite about 40 objections from locals.

Last night, a spokeswoman for PNE said: “The Hill of Braco project is at an early phase of development and our plans are still very much in draft form.

“Over the coming months we will gather more information.”

She said following consultation with locals, it was agreed to host a series of public exhibitions in the coming weeks.

Source:  Jamie Buchan, The Press and Journal, Wednesday, May 2, 2012

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky