Renewables/Energy Transition

Councillors asked to relax wind farm restrictions

Councillors are being asked to relax a planning restriction surrounding a massive 186-turbine offshore windfarm. Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd (MORL) won planning permission from the Scottish Government to construct 186 turbines 14 miles from the Caithness coast last year. Members of Aberdeenshire Council then approved two electricity substations near New Deer to support the scheme. Approval was granted on the condition that MORL provided council officers with information on how 20 miles of underground cabling would impact on roads and the environment.