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Windfarm proposal: ‘It’s the wrong development in the wrong location’  

Credit:  By Kirstie Topp, Local Democracy Reporter | Mearns Leader | Tuesday, 6th October | www.mearnsleader.co.uk ~~

Local councillors have refused to support plans for a new windfarm near Stonehaven.

The proposal by Natural Power Consultants could see 10 wind turbines and associated infrastructure installed as an extension to the existing Mid Hill Wind Farm.

While the proposed windfarm would not be located in the Marr area it was brought to committee for comment as it sits near the boundary with Kincardine and Mearns and may have a visual impact on the area.

The application will go before the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee at a later date for comment and a final decision on the matter is expected to be made by the Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC) later this year.

Comments from all three meetings will form the Aberdeenshire Council consultation response to the Scottish Government.

Feughdee West Community Council has supported the proposal. However, Finzean Community Council raised concerns regarding landscape and visual impact.

The Ministry of Defence also objected to the application stating that the development would have “unacceptable interference” on the Air Defence radar at RRH Buchan.

Councillors were recommended to agree that the application be referred to the ISC with a recommendation to object to the proposal.

Aberdeenshire Council’s planning service recommended refusal on the grounds that the application is contrary to its Local Development Plan Policy and added that it would have a visual impact and could have an impact on aircraft and aviation.

Councillor Ann Ross said: “I think that the scale of the additional turbines would almost make it an industrial site and the sense of encroachment. I think it’s the wrong development in the wrong location and I have to agree with the recommendation.”

Committee members agreed to refer the application to ISC with a recommendation to object the plan.

Source:  By Kirstie Topp, Local Democracy Reporter | Mearns Leader | Tuesday, 6th October | www.mearnsleader.co.uk

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