Turbine bid well on track says Peterhead port chief

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Peterhead Port Authority’s bid to erect two giant wind turbines on land at Keith Inch and Green Hill is well on track.

Port chief executive, John Wallace, confirmed last week that the application, originally submitted in 2011, was progressing well and would hopefully come before the Buchan area committee later this year.

Plans for the turbines - each 99.5m tall - had faced opposition from locals as well as from Scottish Natural Heritage and the Ministry of Defence.

However, Mr Wallace says that the authority has listened to their concerns and was working with these bodies to find a solution.

He told the Buchanie: “We have responsed to all of the statutory concerns from SNH and the MoD.

“A noise study has been carried out and has been accepted and now we’re just really sitting waiting on Aberdeenshire Council coming back to us to see whether it will receive the support of its environmental health officer.

“The planning application has been with the council for some time now and we are pressing them for an answer on this sooner rather than later,” he said.

“As soon as they come back to us we are hoping the application will then go to the next Buchan area committee for consideration.”

SNH had initially raised concerns over the welfare of seagulls in the area, should the turbines be granted. The body said that evidence had suggested that gulls were particularly poor at avoiding turbines.

However, they have suggested that if the turbines are shut down at times of highest risk and scaring and netting of roofs be carried out on buildings near to them, it my prove less of a risk and says it they are happy to discuss the matter further with the port authority.

Mr Wallace added: “We have taken our time with the application and ensured that we have listened to all the concerns raised and dealt with them in due course.”