Blackdog substation plans 
are rejected

Controversial plans for an electricity substation at a small Aberdeenshire village have been thrown out by councillors.

Formartine Area Committee turned down the scheme at Blackdog, near Balmedie, which is a key part of the Aberdeen Bay windfarm project.

Blackdog residents Edna Booth and Nicola Brown who led the campaign against the electricity substation planned for the village.

Blackdog residents Edna Booth and Nicola Brown who led the campaign against the electricity substation planned for the village.

The decision was greeted with delight by residents who had campaigned fiercely against the substation link to the wind turbine plans by the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).

And tycoon Donald Trump, who has mounted a legal challenge to the offshore scheme, described it as a “great victory” for the Blackdog villagers.

Planning officials had recommended approval in principle of the substation, which was earmarked for a former landfill site south of Hareburn Terrace.

But on Tuesday the area committee voted 9-1 against it.

The application was deferred at a meeting of the committee in March for a site visit and public hearing, and delayed further the following month for more information.

Blackdog resident Edna Booth, who spearheaded the opposition along with neighbour Nicola Brown, said she was “euphoric” at the outcome.

She told the Times: “We didn’t expect that but to say we are delighted is an understatement.

“It is the best possible outcome. The village has been right behind us.”

Mrs Booth, 80, praised councillors for listening to their case, which highlighted environmental concerns.

She said: “They gave very balanced arguments about it and they mentioned our concerns over asbestos.

“This has been with us for a year but all the hard work has been worthwhile.”

Mid-Formartine Councillor Allan Hendry, who put forward the motion against the developoment, said the decision was the right outcome.

He added: I’m not against a substation, but not on this site.

“My worry is for the people of Blackdog. They are surrounded by landfill sites and it does not seem fair to me that they should suffer the disturbance of another site.”

EOWDC spokesman Iain Todd said: “We are extremely disappointed at the decision. We believe this a missed opportunity for the region and that we could have worked with Aberdeenshire Council to agree further conditions to progress the scheme.”

He added: “We will give careful consideration to the formal reasons for the decision before we decide our next steps.”