By Calum Petrie
An environmental charity has submitted an objection to a proposed
26-turbine wind farm in Aberdeenshire.
Developer Coriolis Energy wants to build the wind farm at Glendye, near
Fettercairn, and has lodged plans with the Scottish Government.
The firm believes the spot would be ideal for generating
environmentally-friendly electricity, but objectors have argued it will
have a negative impact on the natural environment and goes against
Aberdeenshire Council’s local development plan.
The Save Clachnaben – Stop the Glendye Windfarm group say some local
residents fear the turbines could be too close to the popular walkers’ hill
And now the John Muir Trust, a charity which aims to conserve and protect
wild places for the benefit of people and wildlife, has lodged its
opposition to the plans.
In its objection, the trust states: “We consider that the impact of the
149.9-metre (491ft) high turbines and associated infrastructure is
inappropriate to the landscape of the area, will have a detrimental visual
impact on the Cairngorm National Park, will have a detrimental impact on
the peat on site and may have a negative socio-economic impact on tourism.”
It goes on to stress it is “committed” to supporting efforts to reduce
emissions, but adds: “However, the trust does not support the construction
of industrial-scale wind energy developments on wild land or developments
that would impact adversely on wild land.”