Councillors at Kincardine and Mearns Area committee have approved the building of a single wind turbine at land to North West of Logie, Stonehaven and the erection of a Meteorological Mast at Greenheads Farm, Muchalls.
The building of the turbine, which will be a 225kW Height to Hub 25m and 38.5m to Blade Tip Turbine, went before the committee following an objection which was lodged by the Stonehaven and District Community Council.
The Community Council objected to the turbine on two grounds; on the grounds of a lack of public consultation on the plan and the belief that the site is within 2.2 miles of the town of Stonehaven which contravenes current planning guidelines around wind farm developments.
Two further representations were received relating to the turbine and these expressed concerns for a number of reasons including cumulative impact and impact on tourism.
Councillors on the committee were told that both of SDCC objections were invalid and were not reasons to reject the proposal.
As for cumulative impact, a report to the Committee stated: “Within Aberdeenshire there are a large number of wind turbine applications which are either operational, approved or being considered.
“However, in relation to this specific site there are a very limited number of turbines which can be viewed within the wider landscape.”
Councillors agreed to grant the turbine subject to a number of conditions including that should any badger setts be discovered during the construction period
then all work must stop immediately and the Planning Authority and Scottish
Natural Heritage consulted. There were a total of twenty conditions placed on giving permission to the erection of the Turbine.
Councillors also granted permission to erect a 50m Meteorological Mast at Greenheads Farm, Muchalls. This application was put before the committee because more than five objections were received.
A total of seven valid objections were received which raised the following concerns; Visual intrusion and cumulative landscape impact, Loss of amenity, including noise and recreation, impact on environment and lack of community engagement.
A report to the Committee said: “In terms of the letters of representation, it is considered that there would be no amenity concerns as there are no noise issues associated with these structures. Infrastructure Services (Environmental Health) have no comments.
“In terms of access, there are no implications for existing traffic levels in the area, and there are no environmental impacts envisaged, in relation to biodiversity or other natural heritage concerns.
“In terms of community engagement, other than the standard neighbour notification/advert procedures, there is no requirement for further community consultation.” Councillors granted the application subject to a number of conditions.