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.

SNP accused of playing politics with controversial turbine

Mains of Carnousie Steading
Mains of Carnousie Steading

The new Aberdeenshire Council administration-in-waiting was embroiled in a bitter row over a wind turbine plan last night.

On the day the SNP struck a deal to seize control of the local authority, Nationalist councillors voted along party lines to back proposals for a 150ft device tabled by one of their colleagues.

Turriff and District member Sandy Duncan’s scheme had been recommended for rejection by local authority officials amid fears it would threaten the redevelopment of a historic steading.

But SNP members of the council’s Banff and Buchan area committee approved the controversial project.

And last night, other members of the committee launched a scathing attack on them.

Independent councillor Mark Findlater said: “I am saddened for the folk of the Deveron Valley and Forglen about the further desecration of their beautiful valley by the Banff and Buchan area committee.

“This turbine has the potential to sterilise the area for future development. All of the committee’s SNP councillors voted against the council planners’ recommendation to refuse the application submitted by a fellow Aberdeenshire councillor.”

Mr Findlater was angry only four of the committee’s 10 members attended a crucial site visit and revealed the trip cost the taxpayer several hundred pounds.

“Myself, John Cox, Michael Roy and Ian Gray attended. This did not stop the councillors who did not attend from voting.

“I am ashamed to be part of the Banff and Buchan area committee. This will probably be the death knell of the historic steading and goes against common decency.”

And Conservative councillor Michael Roy said: “I’m extremely disappointed that the Banff and Buchan area committee has awarded planning permission to a local SNP councillor against officers’ recommendations.”

But committee chairman and senior SNP member John Cox rejected the criticism.

He said: “It was up to each individual councillor to vote how they saw fit. It was a democratic process at work.

“One could say the same about them – they don’t treat every wind turbine on merit, every one they refuse. One would question why we have planning committees if their view is to refuse every one?”

The nearby architecturally-unique Mains of Carnousie Steading, built in the 18th century by General Patrick Duff of Carnousie Castle, has been granted enabling planning permission.

The agreement means a buyer can develop 15 houses on nearby land as long as they invest in restoring the steading to its original grandeur, but it is understand the project will now be reconsidered.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]