By Jamie Ross
Local authority planners will next week urge councillors to block proposals
three massive wind turbines near a Banffshire village.
Farming company Inicio-Fresco Ltd wants to erect the devices on land east
of Cairnandrew at King Edward, but is facing opposition from residents.
Seventy-eight objections from members of public have been lodged with the
Members of the local authority’s Banff and Buchan area committee are due to
discuss plans for the trio of 252ft turbines on Tuesday.
Residents are concerned about the impact the devices would have on tourism
and local wildlife.
And council officials are worried about the cumulative impact the scheme
would have on the landscape.
The local authority’s director of infrastructure service, Stephen Archer,
said: “The proposal is considered to be inappropriate in this location due
to its size and position as it is likely to impact on the character or
appearance of an open landscape in conjunction with other approved turbines
in the vicinity.
“The recommendation must therefore be for refusal.”
But 1 Stop Renewables, the agent acting for the farming firm, claims the
project would ultimately boost the local jobs market.
In a design statement submitted along with the planning application, 1 Stop
says the scheme would also provide financial assistance to community groups
and feed power into the National Grid.
It added: “The project will provide financial assistance for the church,
church hall and primary school in King Edward, which all need financial
help to service the needs of the local community.
“The income generated from the wind turbines will also be reinvested in
further agricultural and environmental improvement work, which in turn will
create further employment opportunities for the local area.”