Councillors to visit wind turbine site

AN application for two wind turbines at Greenmoss, Castle Fraser, which was recommended for refusal by Aberdeenshire Council’s Planning and Environmental Service was deferred to allow members of the Garioch Area Committee to visit the site, on Tuesday (August 23).

Historic Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland and the Council’s Infrastructure Services (Environmental) all object to the visual impact of the two 225 kW ACSA-A27 wind turbines, which would be 45.5m high and approximately 1.7 km from the edge of the designated landscape of Castle Fraser itself, that have been applied for by Muirden Energy, Muirden Farm, Turriff. The Planning Service states that it is in “no doubt that the turbines will severely detract from the character and setting of the listed building and designated landscape.”

The application was brought before the committee at the request of Westhill and District Councillors Gurudeo Saluja and Ron McKail for wider discussion to determine whether it complied with Council Policy regarding Renewable Energy Facilities.

Twelve letters in support of the application were received, although three were from people involved in the application.