The deadline is approaching for representations to a proposed windfarm
project in Aberdeenshire.
Developers Coriolis Energy and Irish utility ESB have lodged an application
for 26 turbines at Glendye, maintaining the project could deliver
significant new additional onshore wind capacity.
The proposals, for an area around seven miles south west of Strachan and
about a mile west of Fettercairn, have attracted opposition from local groups.
Among concerns, residents fear the impact the windfarm will have on local
tourism, pointing to Clachnaben as one of the iconic hills of Aberdeenshire
visited by more than 20,000 walkers every year.
The Save Clachnaben Group has highlighted that over 18 miles of track will
need to be cut out of grade 1 peatland.
Group members claim it will release stored carbon into the atmosphere and
destroy an ecosystem which supports golden eagles, water voles, salmon and
pearl mussels.
There are also concerns that the drainage of the upland plateau could
worsen the flash flooding already prevalent in the Feugh valley.
In its online consultation, the developers claim the project will bring
clean, green renewable energy, community benefit and an offer of community
shared ownership.
All representations should be made to the Scottish Government’s Consents
Unit at representations@gov.scot or www.energyconsents.scot/register.aspx
before the November 11 closing date.

 

 


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