Plan­ners against tur­bines close to cas­tle

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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.

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