Controversial plans by a north-east energy firm to build wind turbines on the edge of a village have prompted more than 340 objections from nearby residents.
St Fergus Energy Limited hopes to build two 119 metre high turbines on land between the village and the gas terminal, owned by North Sea Midstream Partners on the nearby coast line.
However the proposals, submitted by Midlothian firm Green Cat Renewables, have prompted outcry from the community.
They are also at odds with the current local development plan, meaning they must go before a special meeting of local councillors.
Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s Buchan area committee will meet on Tuesday to discuss them and have their say.
Planning officers have recommended they throw out the plans.
In his report to councillors, planning officer James Hewitt, writes: The proposed development is contrary to Aberdeenshire local development plan policy E2 on landscape, as the proposal would have an unacceptable visual impact in and around the settlement of St Fergus.
“The scale and siting of the proposed development would compete with St Fergus Gas Terminal for visual dominance and would create a sense of industrial development encroaching upon an otherwise natural and open landscape.”
The development would includes two turbines with hub heights of 78m and blade to tip measurements of 119m, as well as a 5MWp Solar Photovoltaic Farm, battery storage units and associated infrastructure.
A total of 364 letters of representation have been received by the planning department, and of those just 23 are supportive of the turbines.  https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/north-east/2685787/fate-of-wind-turbines-planned-for-site-near-north-east-village-to-be-decided-by-councillors-after-hundreds-of-objections/

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