Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Councillor in turbine row seeks permission for new home

Aberdeenshire councillor Sandy Duncan.
Aberdeenshire councillor Sandy Duncan.

A councillor in the midst of a row after he lobbied colleagues to support his controversial wind turbine will today seek consent to build a home on the same bit of land.

Turriff councillor Sandy Duncan has referred himself to the Standards Commission for sending e-mails to his SNP colleagues on the Banff and Buchan area committee, asking them to support his turbine plans.

He sent the e-mails from his work account, rather than his personal one.

The turbine – which had been opposed by locals and the council’s planning service – was approved, prompting claims from the Tories of “blatant cronyism” after it emerged each of the committee’s SNP members had backed the proposal.

The application will now be reconsidered at the council’s infrastructure services committee at a later later.

But today, Mr Duncan will face a fresh battle to convince colleagues to support his plan to build a home on the same patch of land at Forglen.

Stephen Archer, the council’s director of infrastructure services, has warned that approval would “destroy” the local amenity.

He tells councillors in his report that the house would not “respect the setting of the site”.

“The proposal would have a significant adverse impact on the existing small area of woodland and would destroy the amenity value of this site,” Mr Archer states.

The Marnoch and Deveron Valley Protection Group has also opposed the scheme.

In a letter to the planning service, campaigner Jacky Player said a new settlement within the Deveron Valley would adversely affect the landscape’s character.

“At present the site is wooded and a substantial number of trees may have to be felled to allow for a house and access drive,” she added.

Banff and Buchan area committee will discuss the application at their meeting today.

Already a subscriber? Sign in