Last chance to have a say on wind farm pro­pos­als

En­ergy: Lo­cals fear tur­bines may be too close to walk­ers’ hill Clachn­aben

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY KIERAN BEAT­TIE

Com­mu­ni­ties have un­til the end of the day to make their voices heard on the pro­posed 26-tur­bine Glendye wind farm.

De­vel­oper Co­ri­o­lis En­ergy last month sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment for per­mis­sion to work on the ex­pan­sive wind en­ergy project.

Con­cerns have been raised that the on­shore wind farm, which has been ear­marked for con­struc­tion north of Fet­ter­cairn, will have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and goes against

“It’s sim­ply not an ap­pro­pri­ate place for a wind farm”

Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil’s lo­cal de­vel­op­ment plan .

But Co­ri­o­lis and part­ner de­vel­oper ESB, an Ir­ish com­pany, be­lieve the lo­ca­tion would be suit­able for gen­er­at­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly elec­tric­ity.

They have also high­lighted the ben­e­fits that would be made avail­able to the lo­cal com­mu­nity through cash grants.

The de­vel­op­ers be­lieve that by of­fer­ing cash for com­mu­nity causes at the rate of £5,000 per megawatt, per year, over the 30 years the wind farm could be in op­er­a­tion, some £15.6 mil­lion could be made avail­able for lo­cal projects.

Sam Wylde, spokes­woman for the Save Clachn­aben, Stop the Glendye Wind­farm group and mem­ber of the Feughdee West Com­mu­nity Coun­cil (FWCC) , said some lo­cal res­i­dents fear the tur­bines could be too close to the pop­u­lar walk­ers’ hill of Clachn­aben.

She said: “We have had a lot of sup­port over the past few weeks as a lot of peo­ple be­lieve this is against the Aberdeen­shire Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment Plan.

“An­other con­cern is the peat that will be dis­turbed, which could re­sult in flash flood­ing in the River Feugh.

“There are also golden ea­gles and hen har­ri­ers that nest within just a few miles of the pro­posed site. It’s sim­ply not an ap­pro­pri­ate place for a wind farm.”

James Baird, de­vel­op­ment man­ager for Co­ri­o­lis said: “It is vi­tal that lo­cal res­i­dents and all those with an in­ter­est in the wind farm have all the in­for­ma­tion at hand to make an in­formed de­ci­sion.

“It is im­por­tant to note that no tur­bines would be lo­cated on Clachn­aben. The clos­est tur­bine is 4.7 kilo­me­tres (2.9 miles) from Clachn­aben.”

A Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment spokesman said: “A widerang­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion is now un­der­way.

“Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil, as plan­ning author­ity, is a statu­tory con­sul­tee in this process.

“It is for the plan­ning author­ity to con­sider the pro­posal against its lo­cal de­vel­op­ment plan, and re­spond to Scot­tish Min­is­ters’ con­sul­ta­tion on the ap­pli­ca­tion.”

Com­mu­nity opin­ions on the de­vel­op­ment can be emailed to rep­re­sen­ta­tions@gov.scot.

A lo­cal author­ity spokesman said: “We are cur­rently as­sess­ing the pro­pos­als and will be sub­mit­ting our com­ments in due course.

“All pub­lic com­ments must be sent di­rectly to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s En­ergy Con­sents Unit for con­sid­er­a­tion.”

HIGH ANX­I­ETY: Some lo­cals are con­cerned the pro­posed tur­bines could be sited too close to the pop­u­lar walk­ers’ hill of Clachn­aben

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