FOUR local farmers who had their wind turbine project knocked back by Aberdeenshire Council are set to appeal to the Scottish Government’s planning reporter.
The farmers - Allan Dent of Douglashead, Sandy and Roy Henderson of Little Ythsie, Neil Davidson of Milton Ardlethen and Stuart Davidson and family of Knockothie Farms at Upper Ardlethen - had originally made proposals for four turbines between Ellon and Tarves which were knocked back.
Councillors rejected the Yowlie Energy scheme on the grounds that the turbines would have an unacceptable impact on the Prop of Ythsie and surrounding area. There had also been objections from RAF Buchan.
Spokesman Alan Dent told the Times that the turbines were a necessary element of farm diversification in the area.
He said: “Farm diversification is even more important in these difficult economic times and these turbines would provide a regular income to us all. We don’t believe the impact on the setting of the Prop is significant.
“The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is also caught up in the RAF Buchan issue. Unless this is resolved, Aberdeen’s move from Oil Capital to Energy Capital will be at risk. We are therefore asking for a conditional approval so we can commit resources to being part of the solution.”
The turbines, on high ground west of Upper Ardlethen, had attracted vocal opposition from a number of residents who claimed that the development would dominate the surrounding countryside. Dozens of letters of objection were submitted at the planning application stage, citing the distraction the turbines would cause to drivers, their impact on neighbouring properties, and cumulative impact of similar developments.