Fourth Cushnie turbines refusal to be appealed

Wind turbine
Wind turbine

An appeal has been lodged with the council after a planning application for two 326ft turbines near Blackhills, Cushnie, was rejected.

Planning permission was refused on May 16 owing to “impact of the development on the landscape.”

Green Cat Renewables, owned by former Deputy First Minister for Scotland, Lord Nicol Stephen, have lodged an appeal with Aberdeenshire Council’s Local Review Body.

Local activist group, Stop Turbines in Cushnie (STiC), have once again called residents to arms in the hope of stopping the application from going ahead.

On their website, STic said: “We urge you to write to the council reiterating your objection based on the reason for the council’s refusal. All other reasons for objecting have been discounted although you may wish to refute points the developers raise in their appeal statement.’’

The STiC Group believe that the erection of two large ( 100 m) turbines would have a significant impact on the landscape character, destroying the beauty and tranquillity of a wide area.

They feel that the views from the slopes of Pressendye, Pittenderich and surrounding hills would be ruined and the character of many popular walking destinations would be diminished owing to the introduction of large, moving, vertical man-made features.

They also point out that, as a tourist or recreational visitor to the area, the pleasure taken from the landscape would be lost by ‘‘the presence of such dominant, industrial structures in the landscape, to the extent that you would go elsewhere.’’

Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan supports the council’s view that the development would have a significant impact on the landscape.

Repeated attempts by the Piper to contact Green Cat Renewables and Lord Nicol Stephen have, so far, been unsuccessful.