Planners against turbines close to castle
PROPOSALS to put a pair of wind turbines next to a North-east castle should be refused, according to council planners. Muirden Energy wants to put two of the structures on a site at Greenmoss, near Castle Fraser in Kemnay. The 148ft (45m) turbines would be a mile from category A-listed Castle Fraser itself. Aberdeenshire Council planning chief Robert Gray said the plans were unsuitable. He said: “The site is in close proximity to extremely valuable built and natural heritage assets, which must be protected from unnecessary development that will impact upon their setting.” Mr Gray said the developer’s arguments supporting the development were not strong enough and focused too much on the benefits of wind energy. The head of planning was backed by colleagues in the council’s environment section. Environment officers made landscape and visual assessments showing the turbines would be visible from Castle Fraser. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds objected on the grounds they would disturb bird life. The RSPB claimed the turbines would be in the flightpath of migrating geese and swans.