Controversial plans to build the UK’s tallest wind farm on Royal Deeside have received more than 1,100 objections from the public, it has been revealed.

The proposals would see 16 massive turbines, measuring up to 656ft and twice the height of Big Ben, erected at Hill of Fare near Banchory in Aberdeenshire. The site is just 33 miles from the Royal Family’s estate at Balmoral, overlooking the region’s world-famous countryside.

But new figures obtained by the Scottish Tories following a freedom of information request show 1,124 objections have been received by the Scottish Government‘s Energy Consents Unit since the application was lodged in November.

Among objections from residents include fears that 45,000 people living within 15km of the proposed site, in more than 20 community council areas, would suffer from “visual impact, shadow flicker, noise, infrasound and the loss of landscape”.

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