Crimond wind turbine plans get the go-ahead

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Planning permission was granted on Tuesday (September 13) for the erection of four 2.3mw wind turbines on land at Overside and Greenwellheads Farms at Crimond.

The application, from Greenside Wind Energy Ltd of Ednie House, St. Fergus, went before members of the Buchan area committee when they met in Peterhead.

The proposal was approved subject to three legal requirements.

Councillors were told that the firm wanted to erect four, 99.5m turbines on the site along with associated substation, hardstandings, foundations and service track on a site located to the west of the A90 and the former Strathbeg House Hotel/Keyhead area.

Buchan councillors heard that 51 representations were received for the proposal - 27 in support and 24 against.

The council’s infrastructure services concluded in relation to landscape and visual impact that this application should not be supported.

However, speaking at the meeting, Councillor Albert Howie told members: “Here in Aberdeenshire we have a wonderful wind resource and we should use it.

“I can’t think of a better place for the turbines to be located.”

Councillor Robert Thomas added: “I think having these four decent-sized windmills is much more responsible than having 12 small ones.

“I think we should go with this one, however I do feel at some point we will have to say when we have reached saturation point.”

Councillor Smith moved that the recommendation be approved and asked: “Do we really want Buchan to become a windfarm?”

With six votes to motion the recommendation and five agreeing to the amendment, Councillor Smith’s call was defeated and the application was approved subject to the three legal requirements.

These are that the environmental health assess the proposal, in particular the noise and shadow flicker issue, that the applicant needs to have discussions with the RSPB and SNH regarding the cessation of shooting at the site and the planning service needs to assess that the application will have no adverse impact on the Loch of Strathbeg’s specially protected area, and should it, it will be required to go back in front of members.