September 10, 2013

Wind turbine plans rejected by council

Banffshire Journal | 10/09/2013 |

Proposals to build two 80-metre wind turbines at Alvah – which attracted more than 200 objections – have been refused by Aberdeenshire Council.

John McRobert of The Energy Workshop, Huddersfield, wanted to build the structures at Govel Hill, Stonieley, but the local authority refused planning permission as the application breached its strict planning policies.

In a report, a planning officer said: “The scale and siting of the proposed development would have a significant and detrimental visual impact on the Deveron and Upper Ythan valleys, and the surrounding area, and an adverse impact on the overall quality of the landscape character area, which is currently largely unspoiled by obtrusive or discordant features.

“The proposed turbines, in conjunction with the significant number of other large scale turbines already operational, would further increase the adverse cumulative impact to the detriment of the landscape across this area of Banff and Buchan.

The report added: “It has not been demonstrated that the proposed wind turbines will not have a significant adverse effect on the amenity of dwellinghouses in relation to noise or a significant overbearing impact and adverse affect on the amenity of these properties.”

The letters of objection raised issues of the visual impact, the prominence, position and scale of the site, the sensitive rural landscape, loss of amenity and industrialisation of the countryside.

The application received two letters of support.

Meanwhile, a planning appeal over an application to build a 27 metre high wind turbine at The Bungalow, Kemplemyres, Alvah, has been dismissed by the Scottish Government.

Colin Paterson’s application had earlier been refused by Aberdeenshire Council.

Scottish Government reporter, Janet McNair, said: “The turbine would give rise to significant and adverse cumulative impacts.

“While these impacts would be relatively localised, this is an area of very attractive countryside that I consider merits careful protection.

“I have considered all the matters raised, but find none that outweighs those that have led me to this conclusion.”

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