MOD objects to harbour turbines

Wind turbine project: This picture illustates what the proposed turbine project will look like from the North Pier.
Wind turbine project: This picture illustates what the proposed turbine project will look like from the North Pier.

The Ministry of Defence has objected to two wind turbines at Fraserburgh Harbour, it has been revealed.

The news follows on from Fraserburgh’s Community Council’s decision to decline writing a letter of support for the proposal earlier this month.

The MOD said in their correspondence to Aberdeenshire Council planning officer Katherine Donnachie that the turbines “will cause unacceptable interference to the AD radar at Buchan.”

The MOD added: “Trials carried out in 2005 concluded that wind turbines can have detrimental effects on the operation of radar which include the desensitisation of radar in the vicinity of the turbines, and the creation of ‘false’ aircraft returns. The probability of the radar detecting aircraft flying over or in the vicinity of the turbines would be reducer, and the RAF would be unable to provide a full air surveillance service in the area of the proposed wind farm.”

NATS have also objected to the proposal, saying that “the proposed development does conflict with our safeguarding criteria.”

Harbour Master Andrew Ironside had told the Fraserburgh Herald previously that the turbines would provide a community fund to distribute monies to local projects and groups via an independent panel.