Strichen wind turbine plan looks set for refusal

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A Strichen man is seeking planning consent for the erection of a 50kw wind turbine at Moss Side, Bogensourie.

An application for the turbine, from Jim Anderson of Moss Side, will go before members of the Buchan area committee when they meet in Peterhead on Tuesday.

Full planning consent is being sought for the turbine on rural land to the north of the village.

The proposed turbine hasa blade diameter of 19.2 m and a hub height of 36.6 m. The total height to tip of this turbine is 46.3 m.

The proposal comprises additional associatedinfrastruct re including a new 45m long access track.

A total of 13 representations have been submitted to the council, with 11 in support of the application and two against it.

In a report to go before Tuesday’s meeting, planning director Stephen Archer says the proposal has been considered in relation to all relevant planning matters including the key policy for development in the countryside.

“In relation to local and wider areas, the proposed turbine, in conjunction with the significant number of other large scale turbines already operational and consented within the surrounding area, would further increase the adverse cumulative impact to the detriment of the landscape across this area of Buchan and Banff and Buchan.

“This is due to the scale of the proposed wind turbine, the scale of the approved turbines in the surrounding area and the

proximity of the developments to one another.

“The proposed turbine is likely to have an adverse impact upon the operation of the NATS radar system in relation to Aberdeen International Airport Air Traffic Control.”

Members will be asked to decide whether or not to give the application the go-ahead.