A planning application for wind turbines in Tornaveen, as reported in last week’s Piper, has upset members of the local community.
They believe that the applicant, who needed support from a community group in line with Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) guidelines, secured community partnership unfairly.
However, the King George V Community Project - the Banchory-based group who have got on board with applicant Frank Smart - said: “The organisation needs revenue funding to support the local community and the CARES scheme is benefitting other communities throughout Aberdeenshire.
‘‘If no local group had come forward to work with the developer, a national charity could have administered the funds. If the application is successful, locals will benefit from revenue funding for the next 25 years.”
A CARES spokesperson said: “The community benefit fund will be administered by the Banchory-based group but be open to funding projects in Tornaveen and other settlements in the surrounding area.”