A REPORTER will shortly be allocated to determine EBS’s recent appeal for planning permission for the erection and operation of an 11 turbine wind farm at land at Rickarton, close to the existing Meikle Carewe development.
It is rapidly heading for four years since Ireland’s part state-owned electricity company applied for permission for the Craigneil Windfarm in May 2018.
The proposals first came before the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee in December 2020 when councillors asked for a site visit. They had concerns about the visual impacts of the 135m turbines – the view from Stonehaven’s War Memorial was highlighted as being affected.
Community fund benefits
The site visit was then delayed due to Covid restrictions.
Meanwhile, Stonehaven and District Community voiced its support of the scheme with Jim Stephen highlighting the community benefit fund associated with the proposed development.
Mr Stephen, who is also chairman of the Stonehaven Town Partnership, said the project would bring £5.28 million over its 30-year life time. This money would be shared with two other community council areas – North Kincardine Rural and Crathes, Drumoak and Durris.
Fund not a consideration
The site visit was eventually made on June 22 last year, with the application coming before the Area Committee shortly after. During discussions, our councillors were advised the wind farm should be considered on its planning merits and its physical appearance in the landscape – the community benefit fund should not be a consideration.
Four members of the committee were absent, leaving eight to determine the application. And, with those members of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee split on the proposals, it was down to the casting vote of chairman Cllr Wendy Agnew to determine the applicaton. Permission was refused.
Appeal lodged last month
EBS lodged their appeal with the Scottish Government’s Planning and Environmental Appeals Division last month. According to the case notes, interested members of the public are entitled to make representation – details are available by following the above link.
The feature image is of the Meikle Carewe wind farm