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.

Fate of wind turbines planned for site near north-east village to be decided by councillors after hundreds of objections

The gas terminal at St Fergus, near Peterhead.
The gas terminal at St Fergus, near Peterhead.

Controversial plans by a north-east energy firm to build wind turbines on the edge of a village have prompted more than 340 objections from nearby residents.

St Fergus Energy Limited hopes to build two 119 metre high turbines on land between the village and the gas terminal, owned by North Sea Midstream Partners on the nearby coast line.

However the proposals, submitted by Midlothian firm Green Cat Renewables, have prompted outcry from the community.

They are also at odds with the current local development plan, meaning they must go before a special meeting of local councillors.

Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s Buchan area committee will meet on Tuesday to discuss them and have their say.

Planning officers have recommended they throw out the plans.

In his report to councillors, planning officer James Hewitt, writes: The proposed development is contrary to Aberdeenshire local development plan policy E2 on landscape, as the proposal would have an unacceptable visual impact in and around the settlement of St Fergus.

“The scale and siting of the proposed development would compete with St Fergus Gas Terminal for visual dominance and would create a sense of industrial development encroaching upon an otherwise natural and open landscape.”

The development would includes two turbines with hub heights of 78m and blade to tip measurements of 119m, as well as a 5MWp Solar Photovoltaic Farm, battery storage units and associated infrastructure.

A total of 364 letters of representation have been received by the planning department, and of those just 23 are supportive of the turbines.

Objectors claim the structures would pose a safety risk and the operators of St Fergus Gas Terminal have also highlighted concerns – in particular over the proximity of the turbines to high-pressure gas lines.

Worries over the impact on the landscape, noise, road safety and the encroachment of the development towards the village have also been shared.

Supporters, however, argue it would be a welcome move towards a low-carbon economy, that the turbines would have a limited visual impact compared to the existing gas plant and that they would create much-needed jobs during construction.

The development site covers an area of 11.8 hectares, of which the majority already contains solar arrays and battery storage, though it is currently primarily used for agricultural purposes.

Its fate will be decided by councillors at a special meeting of Buchan area committee to be held online from 2pm on Tuesday, December 2.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]