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.

Turbines approved despite RAF Buchan radar warning

Nick Orpwood: Concerned
Nick Orpwood: Concerned

Windfarm campaigners have condemned councillors for backing a series of rural Buchan turbine projects despite warnings they may affect RAF radar equipment.

The Ministry of Defence is calling for a moratorium on green energy schemes in parts of the north-east.

It argues that too many masts can interfere with radars at the RAF Buchan surveillance base at Stirlinghill, south of Peterhead.

The MoD’s property arm, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, is objecting to all new applications for turbines in the surrounding area, arguing that they can create false aircraft readings.

Earlier this month, members of the Buchan area committee approved three small-scale developments near Longside, despite strongly-worded MoD objections.

Councillors went against planners recommendations to reject the scheme and argued that it had not been proved that the device could interfere with the air defence set-up.

On Tuesday, three new applications will go before the committee. In each case, planning officers have called for rejection, based solely on the MoD’s objections.

Now, the Aberdeenshire-based Concerned About Wind Turbines campaign group has questioned the councillors’ decision.

In its latest newsletter, published online today, spokesman Nick Orpwood said: “Buchan residents may wish to ask their councillors – and indeed Aberdeenshire Council – what qualifies them to over-ride NATS, CAA and Ministry of Defence radar experts.

“I would suggest that by approving wind turbine plans despite the objections of air traffic experts, Buchan councillors are demonstrably not acting in the public interest.”

In recent years there have been 144 planning application for 240 turbines in Buchan. A total of 58 bids have been approved, with 56 still pending. Only seven have been refused.

The MoD has also objected to plans for a 12-turbine development at Mormond Hill, near Strichen.

The scheme, which has attracted more than 400 letters and e-mails as part of a public consultation, will come before councillors at a later date.

More from Energy Voice

Latest Posts