‘New Feature’ Craigneil Wind Farm Proposals Considered Tomorrow

By Jane Cruickshank / December 7, 2020
windfarm with access track

AN APPLICATION for full planning permission for 11 wind turbines and associated infrastructure at the Craigneil Windfarm, Rickarton, will be considered at tomorrow’s meeting of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee.

At a recent meeting of Stonehaven and District Community Council, member Jim Stephen made an impassioned plea to support the project. He said the associated community fund would bring a much needed boost to groups in the town.

Our councillors meanwhile, have had a 60-page report to read and digest. It covers all aspects of the wind farm that could generate enough electricity to power 20% of the Shire’s households.

The wind turbines would be located on a series of hills lying immediately to the north and west of the A947 Slug Road, south of Cairn Mon Earn and 1km away from the Meikle Carewe wind farm.

A series of photo-montages have been prepared showing the impact of the turbines from various viewpoints. The report does highlight planners’ concerns in relation to the scale of visual impacts from Stonehaven War Memorial.

The report states: ”The wind farm would, albeit within the existing context of wind energy developments, be a prominent and new feature in the landscape.”

Planners have recommended the proposals get the go-ahead subject to a series of conditions.

The full report is available online, where there is also a link that will allow you to listen to tomorrow’s meeting.

The feature image used is of Meikle Carewe wind farm