Turbine proposal under scrutiny

PLANS for the erection of two wind turbines at St. Fergus Moss look set to be refused by planners.

Members of the Buchan area committee will consider an application from Greenspan Electric for the 100m high turbines when they meet in Peterhead later today (Tuesday).

A total of 17 represenations have been lodged with the council concerning the application - 15 in favour and two against.

In a report to go before today’s meeting, planning officer David MacLennan says the key planning issues which require to be assessed for wind turbines are landscape and visual impact, cumulative impact, amenity, and impacts on communication installations, radar or air traffic control systems.

“The service is concerned about whether the landscape here can accommodate two more large scale turbines of this height.

“The turbines are higher than the majority of others approved within the wider area and there has been such pressure for turbines in this locality that the turbines which have been consented already will significantly dominate the landscape to the detriment of its character and appearance.

“The approval of further turbines will clutter the landscape with this type of development and given their size the effects will be visible from significant distance,” he says.

Members will be urged to refuse the application.