PLANNING officers say an extension to the Mid Hill Wind Farm will bring an unacceptable impact on the landscape – and they are recommending our area committee object to the proposals.
Fetteresso Wind Ltd want to build an additional 10 turbines of up to 200m in height at the existing Mid Hill site.
Scottish Ministers are responsible for approving applications to build, operate or modify onshore electricity generating stations with capacities exceeding 50 megawatts.
So Aberdeenshire Council’s role is limited to a consultee to the process.
Impact on environment too great
Planning officers have compiled a lengthy report examing the proposed development and its impacts on wildlife, the landscape and visual amenity.
And in its conclusion, the report states: ” It is consideread that the significant environmental effects highlighted, in terms of landscape and visual amenity, are sufficient to outweigh the benefits of the scheme to contribute towards meeting Scotland’s renewable energy production.
”The proposal cannot be supported and as such it is recommended that Aberdeenshire raise an objection regarding the application to the Scottish Government.”
If councillors agree, the application will be referred to the Infrastructure Services Committee with a recommendation to object to the proposed development.
The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee will meet by Skype. The full report to the committee is available online.