Decision on controversial Mintlaw wind turbine postponed

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Buchan councillors have postponed making a decision on an application for a controversial wind turbine in Mintlaw by opting for a site visit.

The application for the turbine at Nether Hythie Farm, which has received a large number of objections, was in front of the Buchan Area Committee today.

However a motion by Councillor Pirie to postpone a decision in favour of a site visit was passed by the committee.

Councillor Ingram was also believed a site visit would help give a better understanding of the cumulative impact of the turbine, a factor cited by many of the objectors.

A total of 24 complaints had been made to the council from 16 different households regarding the wind turbine.

The Ministry of Defence had also objected to the erection of the turbine due to concerns that it would “cause unacceptable interference to the AD radar at RAF Buchan.”

However the committee accepted that the MoD’s objection could be overcome with mitigation.

The application was originally refused in 2013 due to the number of wind turbines proposed for the area but this figure is believed to have decreased in the years in since.