Decision on turbine deferred for site visit

Councillors have delayed a decision on the erection of a wind turbine at Stonewells, Gamrie.

The decision to allow a site visit was taken by members of Banff and Buchan Area Committee at a meeting recently.

The applicant for the project, Mr Alexander Summers, was seeking full planning permission for a single wind turbine at the site. The main recommendation for the application was to refuse planning permission.

However, councillors instead opted for a site visit before coming to a final decision.

In total, 14 consultations and three representations were made in relation to the application. All three of the representations were objections.

The proposed three-blade turbine would measure 45.5m from base to tip. Noise and shadow flicker were measured by Environmental Health.

Mr Summers spoke at the committee meeting and said the proposed turbine would be a great asset to his farm.

Cllr Mark Findlater moved a motion to allow a site visit, which was supported by four councillors. An amendment which accepted the planning department’s recommendation to refuse planning permission also received the backing of four councillors.

Councillor Brian Topping, who was chairing the meeting, cast the deciding vote to allow a site visit, which is due to take place on April 9.