Harbour turbines decision nears

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A decision on a wind turbines project at Fraserburgh Harbour is to be made in the New Year.

At a recent meeting of the Banff and Buchan Area Committee, councillors decided unanimously to attend a site visit at Fraserburgh Harbour on January 15 2013 before making a final decision on the scheme.

The application for the project was submitted by Green Cat Renewables, Old Meldrum Business Centre, on behalf of Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners.

The applicant is seeking full planning permission for two 0.9MW wind turbines. The hub height of the proposed wind mills is 55 metres, with a total height of 77 metres. In addition, two control buildings and hard-standing areas are also included in the proposal.

The proposed site of ‘Turbine 1’ is near the north-eastern tip of the South Breakwater, while ‘Turbine 2’ would be situated south of the harbour, north of Sudan Lane.

The decision to undertake a site visit came despite the council planning department’s main recommendation to refuse planning permission. In total, six representations were made in relation to the planning application: one in support of the project and five against.

SEPA and Scottish Water raised no objections to the wind turbines. However, consultees including BAA, NATS and the MoD objected to the project.

After the site visit on January 15, a decision is expected at the following meeting of the Banff and Buchan Area Committee, in Fraserburgh, on January 29.