Residents in a north-east village fear a planned trio of 252ft wind turbines would prove a turn-off for tourists.
Farming firm Inicio-Fresco Ltd wants to erect the structures on land east of Cairnandrew near King Edward, but is facing opposition from locals.
Seventy-eight letters of objection to the scheme have been lodged with the council, and the local authority’s own planning team has urged councillors to reject the proposals.
Members of the Banff and Buchan area committee will be asked to rule on the plans on Tuesday.
They have already carried out a site visit.
Locals are worried about the impact the devices would have on local tourism and wildlife, while planners are concerned about the turbines’ cumulative impact on the landscape.
In his report on the plans, Stephen Archer, the council’s director of infrastructure services, says: “The proposal is considered to be inappropriate in this location due to its size and position as it is likely to impact on the character or appearance of an open landscape in conjunction with other approved turbines in the vicinity.”
But 1 Stop Renewables, the agent acting for the farming firm, has claimed the project would boost the local jobs market if approved.
In its design statement submitted along with the planning application, it said: “The project would enable the farm business to be more environmentally-conscious and to do its part to safeguard the natural environment and help mitigate climate change.
“The income generated from the wind turbines will also be reinvested in further agricultural and environmental work, which will create further employment opportunities.”