‘A turbine too far’ - Barthol Chapel scheme turned down by councillors

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ANTI-WINDFARM objectors have claimed a victory over turbine developers in Aberdeenshire, after planners turned down a turbine development on the grounds of cumulative impact for the first time.

The proposed 66.7m turbine at Balgove was recommended for refusal by planners due to the fact that the area surrounding the village already hosts five of the generators. 83 letters had reached the council objecting to the project, with two in favour. Objectors addressed members with their concerns, with one speaker describing residents fears of being ‘encircled’ by turbines if planning was granted.

Councillors agreed with planning officials, and the scheme was unanimously refused.

Local member Cllr Jim Gifford said that the area was already over-developed for wind energy.

“We’re reaching the point where enough is enough - in fact, we’re past that point,” he said. ”The cumulative impact in barthol Chapel is there for all to see.”

His concerns were shared by Cllr Allan Hendry, who said: “I absolutely agree with refusing this one.”