NATS and BAA move to object turbine

WIND POWER: Several wind turbines have been proposed in Strichen.
WIND POWER: Several wind turbines have been proposed in Strichen.

A Strichen turbine proposal hit a stumbling block last week as consultations were published by Aberdeenshire Council’s planning department.

Aberdeen Airport Limited (BAA) responded to the proposal with an objection, saying: “The proposed turbine will have a detrimental effect for Air Traffic Control at the airport, as a significant number of visible turbines in this area already have planning approval and the introduction of further turbines would create unacceptable clutter on the radar screens.

“We therefore object to this proposal.”

NATS (En Route) Plc also objected to the proposal, replying: “The proposed development has been examined by our technical and operational safeguarding teams and conflicts with our safeguarding criteria. Accordingly, NATS (En Route) Plc (“NERL”) objects to the proposal.”

ATKINS and Historic Scotland, meanwhile, have told Aberdeenshire Council that they have no objections to the
build.

Members of the public have until August 20 to comment of the proposals that would see a 59.5 metre tall wind turbine erected at Hawkhill, Strichen.