St Fergus Moss turbines rejected

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Planning permission for the erection of two turbines at St Fergus Moss has been rejected by councillors.

The decision was made at last week’s meeting of the Buchan Area Committee.

Applicants Greenspan Electric St Fergus, of The Greenspan Agency, Edinburgh, proposed a development comprising two wind turbines, each measuring 100m in height.

In total, 17 representations were made in relation to the turbines, with 15 in support of the plans and two against.

Aberdeenshire Council’s planning department recommended that planning permission be rejected due to concerns raised by the MoD and due to the cumulative impact of the turbines on the landscape.

The MoD raised concerns due to what they described as the unacceptable clutter on radar equipment.

Councillor Fiona McRae expressed her frustration with the MoD and its response. In a unanimous decision, the committee rejected planning permission for the development.

A number of residents who live near to the St Fergus Moss site spoke out against the project earlier this summer.