Controversial Mintlaw wind turbine goes to committee

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Buchan councillors will decide on the erection of a controversial wind turbine on a farm in Mintlaw at next weeks area committee.

The application to build the turbine at Nether Hythie Farm has received a large number of complaints including one from the Ministry of Defence.

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

The application by Oosterhof & Co in Lonmay was refused by the Buchan Area Committee in 2013 but is back in front of them at the upcoming committee on February 2.

The application is currently recommended for approval by the Council’s Infrastructure Services.

Concerns raised about the erection of the 80 meter turbine include noise, environmental impact, health issues and visual impact.

The Ministry of Defence has objected to the turbine on the grounds that it will “cause unacceptable interference to the AD radar at RAF Buchan.”

Eric Taylor, another objector, said: “I feel that there are already enough wind turbines in the surrounding area already, and there is no need for one to be built at Nether Hythie, as this will set a president for others to be built in this area.”

Alison Chalmers, of Silverburn, Hythie, said: “I do not believe anything has changed since the last time this application was submitted and refused in 2013.”

She continued: “The area is already saturated with wind turbines. There were no turbines when I first moved here 10 years ago and now they dominate the area”