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Windfarm application mobilises campaigners

A planned turbine development in Donside could provide power for 8,500 homes, according to the firm building it.

Edinburgh-based Infinis Energy claims the proposed six-turbine site near Alford would generate power for between 8,000 and 8,500 homes.

The company lodged a planning application for Tibberchindy Wind Farm that will comprise six 115 metre turbines, electrical control buildings, 70 meter anemometry mast, onsite tracks, upgrade of 1.9km’s of forestry road and a construction compound to Aberdeenshire Council.

However local residents have set up the No to Tibberchindy Windfarm group say the development would “industrialise” the unspoilt landscape.

Group member Charles McGeachie of Glenkindie said: “This is an industrial scale development that will have a life span of at least 25 years and is just a few miles from the site of Kildrummy Wind Farm currently under construction. While the nearby wind farm sites at Pressendye and Blackhills, Cushnie have finally been rejected as having a serious adverse impact on the Cairngorms National Park, we cannot presume that this will automatically be the case with this site, despite this recent precedent.”

Group member Vicky Dawson from Breda, Alford said: “There is no doubt that this enormous wind farm development will be visible for many, many miles around – from Tillyfourie to Tullynessle to Towie and beyond… The proposed development will be shared between two Scottish estates Breda and Brux and these landowners plus developer Infinis stand to take huge amounts of money in subsidies from these sites-subsidies that come from the pockets of ordinary householders across Aberdeenshire.”

Charles McGeachie added: “There is already a negative cumulative impact from turbines in Donside. Aberdeenshire carries too heavy a burden in the UK quest for green energy. Whatever your view on our future energy needs, Coiliochbhar Hill, framing the Howe of Alford is NOT an appropriate site for development”.

Objections to the development must be recieved by Aberdeenshire council by November 15 to be considered.