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Heritage agency hits out at attempt to extend windfarm

A bid to extend a controversial windfarm near a historic Banffshire castle has been criticised by Historic Scotland officials and council planning chiefs. ...Historic Scotland had raised concerns that the two turbines would have a "severe" visual impact on the unoccupied castle. ...The proposed turbine would be some 3,700ft from the castle, while the other two would be closer, around 2,600ft away.

Planned turbines would be too close to castle at Alvah, says Historic Scotland

A bid to extend a controversial windfarm near a historic Banffshire castle has been criticised by Historic Scotland officials and council planning chiefs.

Agricultural firm A.J. Duncan is hoping to build an extra 330ft turbine at Strath of Brydock, Alvah, near Banff.

Last year, the Turriff-based group won planning permission to build two similar turbines at the rural site, despite warnings that it was too close to A-listed Inchdrewer Castle.

Historic Scotland had raised concerns that the two turbines would have a "severe" visual impact on the unoccupied castle.

The heritage agency has raised similar concerns about A.J. Duncan's new proposal, which will be discussed by local councillors this week.

The proposed turbine would be some 3,700ft from the castle, while the other two would be closer, around 2,600ft away.

An Aberdeenshire Council planning spokesman said that Historic Scotland had described Inchdrewer Castle as a building of national importance.

"As such the highest weight should be given to the preservation of the building and its setting," he said.

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Planned turbines would be too close to castle at Alvah, says Historic Scotland

A bid to extend a controversial windfarm near a historic Banffshire castle has been criticised by Historic Scotland officials and council planning chiefs.

Agricultural firm A.J. Duncan is hoping to build an extra 330ft turbine at Strath of Brydock, Alvah, near Banff.

Last year, the Turriff-based group won planning permission to build two similar turbines at the rural site, despite warnings that it was too close to A-listed Inchdrewer Castle.

Historic Scotland had raised concerns that the two turbines would have a "severe" visual impact on the unoccupied castle.

The heritage agency has raised similar concerns about A.J. Duncan's new proposal, which will be discussed by local councillors this week.

The proposed turbine would be some 3,700ft from the castle, while the other two would be closer, around 2,600ft away.

An Aberdeenshire Council planning spokesman said that Historic Scotland had described Inchdrewer Castle as a building of national importance.

"As such the highest weight should be given to the preservation of the building and its setting," he said.

The third turbine would be clearly visible from the front of the castle. "While not formally objecting to this application, Historic Scotland concludes that the proposed addition of another turbine would have a significant impact on the castle's setting," the spokesman added.

Planners have called for Duncan's application for planning consent to be rejected by members of the Banff and Buchan area committee at their meeting at Banff tomorrow.

Inchdrewer is owned by Robin de la Lanne-Mirrlees, who is also laird of Great Bernera off the west coast of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. He carried out extensive renovation work to the building more than 30 years ago but it was never occupied. In 1713, the castle was the scene of the murder of George, Lord Banff, and it was damaged by fire at the same time.

Another windfarm at Boyndie is about three miles north-west of the earmarked site.


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NOV 24 2008
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