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Windfarm plan for Fetteresso Forest met with objection  

Credit:  By Dawn Renton | Mearns Leader | Tuesday, 3rd November 2020 | www.mearnsleader.co.uk ~~

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

The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee discussed the application for the development at Fetteresso Forest last week.

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

The application previously went before the Marr Area Committee for comment in September and members agreed to recommend refusal.

A final decision on the proposal 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.

Kincardine and Mearns Committee members unanimously agreed to refer the application to ISC with a recommendation that Aberdeenshire Council objects the plan.

Source:  By Dawn Renton | Mearns Leader | Tuesday, 3rd November 2020 | www.mearnsleader.co.uk

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