Fetteresso Forest windfarm proposals rejected by council

Aberdeenshire Council has objected to plans for a new windfarm near Stonehaven.

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 10:31 am

The application for the proposed development at Fetteresso Forest was discussed by the Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC) last Thursday.

Natural Power Consultants had submitted plans for ten wind turbines and associated infrastructure to be installed as an extension to the existing Mid Hill Wind Farm.

The application previously went before the Marr Area Committee and Kincardine & Mearns Area Committee for comment. Both recommended that the council object to the plan.Comments from all three meetings will form the Aberdeenshire Council consultation response to the Scottish Government.

Feughdee West Community Council had supported the proposal however, Finzean Community Council raised concerns regarding landscape and visual impact. The Ministry of Defence also objected to the application stating that the development would have “unacceptable interference” on the Air Defence radar at RRH Buchan.

Aberdeenshire Council’s planning service recommended refusal on the grounds that the application is contrary to its Local Development Plan Policy and added that it would have a visual impact and could have an impact on aircraft and aviation.

ISC chair Councillor Peter Argyle said: “There is no capacity in this very sensitive landscape for a development of this scale and the cumulative impact needs to be taken into account.” Cllr Argyle added that he recognised the importance of green energy but noted that this proposed development was not “in the right place”.

The decision to submit an objection was unanimously agreed by the committee.