Marr area councillors have echoed the views of their Kincardine and Mearns
counterparts and recommended a formal objection to plans for a 26-turbine
windfarm near the Cairngorms National Park.
The unanimous decision paves the way for Aberdeenshire Council’s
infrastructure services committee to lodge a formal objection with the
Scottish Government.
Coriolis Energy is behind the application to the government for the 104
mega-watt network of turbines on the Fasque and Glendye Estates, north of
Edzell.
Councillors were in full agreement with a council report which considered
that the “significant environmental effects” in terms of landscape and
visual amenity, were sufficient to outweigh the benefits of the scheme to
contribute towards meeting Scotland’s renewable energy production.
Demonstrating that the windfarm would be contrary to a number of
Aberdeenshire local development plan policies, the report states: “The
proposal cannot be supported and as such it is recommended that
Aberdeenshire raise an objection regarding the application to the Scottish
Government.”
Committee chair Councillor Moira Ingleby added: “I’ve never seen such a
strongly-worded decision note in any planning report – and I agree with that.”
Under the scheme, which was first unveiled back in 2016, 26 three-bladed
turbines would be installed across 1,500 hectares – each with a maximum
height of 149.9m to blade tip – and having an electrical capacity of around
4MW.
However, the development is facing objections including those from the
Ministry of Defence, SEPA, RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage and the John
Muir Trust who have all raised concerns along with three local community
councils.

 

 


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