Wind turbine recommended for approval

Councillors have been recommended to approve plans for the erection of a 45.5m high wind turbine at Glenkindie, near Alford.

James Duncan, of Langgadlie, Upper Minmore, Glenkindie, through his agent 1Stop Renewables Ltd, of Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, is seeking full planning permission from Aberdeenshire Council for the erection of the 225kW turbine on agricultural land to the North-east of Langgadlie.

A report by planners states that the turbine would be sited on the south-western slopes of Langgadlie Hill, to the north-east of the existing farm house and associated buildings. The development of the turbine would be associated with the current farming enterprise at Langgadlie and would provide an additional level of income to the farm and provide a clean energy source which can be fed back into the national grid.

Planners have recommended that members of the Marr Area Committee grant permission at their meeting in Huntly next Tuesday (March 27), with conditions attached.

The application was put the committee after 12 representations were received in relation to it.

According to a planners’ report, 10 valid letters of representation have been received in objection to the proposed development, including: Unacceptable cumulative impact; detrimental impact to the character of the surrounding landscape; damage to cultural heritage, ecology and biodiversity; detrimental to local tourism; too close to the Cairngorms National Park; potential hazard to low flying military aircraft; detrimental noise impact; road safety concerns over increased traffic utilising the site and loss of amenity to surrounding property and impact on surrounding leisure activity.

In relation to renewable energy, the planners’ report adds: “Planning authorities should support the development of wind farms in locations where the technology can operate efficiently and environmental and cumulative impacts can be satisfactorily addressed.”

“The design and location of any wind farm development should reflect the scale and character of the landscape. The location of turbines should be considered carefully to ensure that the landscape and visual impact is minimised.”

In conclusion, the report states: “The supporting information submitted by the agent has demonstrated compliance with current policy requirements and public concerns relating to biodiversity, cultural heritage issues and various health and safety issues.

“Having weighed up all the responses from consultees, there are no outstanding objections, and any further requested details or issues to be addressed can be done so by way of condition. The agent has also conclusively demonstrated that the turbine can be installed at the Langgaldie site without presenting an adverse visual impact on the character of the surrounding area.”

The Marr Area Committee will consider the application at its meeting on Tuesday (March 27).