Bennachie Forum > Whitecross Windfarm Near Bennachie

There is a planning application for two 90ft (27m) wind turbines on Hill of Whitecross, between Chapel of Garioch and the Bennachie visitor centre (within a mile of the visitor centre) directly opposite Mither Tap. The application can be viewed on the council website under APP/2012/2337. The deadline for comments is 16th August 2012. The turbines march ever closer to Bennachie.

July 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConcerned Person

A quick glance at the plans shows the turbines to be very close to 2 wells. A recent article in the P&J about Lord Steven's wind turbine application pointed out that developments are not allowed within 250m of wells or springs.
Link to article about wells
If this is correct then that adds some strength to the case against a development here.
Although these are smaller than the monster at Balquhain allowing this development will just open the flood gates for hundreds more in the Bennachie Area of Landscape Significance. Until recently when the Balquhain turbine got passed by our local council committee the ALS status was a pretty good reason for rejecting turbine plans near Bennachie. If anyone wants to keep Bennachie as nature intended then please lodge a complaint on the council website and if you have time a letter to the local council committee may also prove useful.

July 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllan Morrison

Many in Chapel of Garioch area do not agree with the rant of Alan Morrison and support the installation of wind turbines - in our move to a more sustainable environment.

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterconcerned of chapel

Thanks to the anonymous author of the previous post. There are a few things I would like to say in response.

For a very small community there are an almost unprecedented 52 letters of objection to these 2 small turbines already lodged with Aberdeenshire Planning so you seem to be in the minority with your support for them.

May I ask why you support them? I am all in favour of preserving the finite resources we have such as coal, oil & gas but this is not the way to do it. No conventional power stations will ever be closed because of wind turbines. On days when the wind doesn't blow what happens? In reality the coal, oil and gas power stations are always running, wastefully, but ready to fill in the gaps. If you really want to save the planet then energy conservation is far more effective and doesn't spoil the countryside or tourism.

As local entrepreneur and wind power supporter Maitland Mackie so eloquently put it wind turbines are "a license to print money" because of their large subsidies, paid for by us consumers. Many of our European neighbours and our American cousins have drastically cut the subsidies to wind turbines as they have realised that the logic simply doesn't add up.

Wind turbines are noisy, obtrusive, inefficient, expensive and possibly worst of all they cause hostility in previously happy communities.

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllan Morrison

It seems that this application has now been withdrawn.

September 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllan Morrison

Im quite disgusted this turbine has been approved - not only can i see it from my house but it's spoilt the view of Bennachie

I fully expect more of them to now start appearing as the governments - councils etc are unfit for purpose and only see the gains to themselves - they are nothing but an Eyesore on a gorgeous part of the country
Shame on these people for ruining the landscapes
seems our voices count for little these days
Such a shame

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSTOUGH

I think the one you are referring to is the Balquhain Turbine which went up last week. Planning permission for it was passed without any neighbourhood notifications being given, very few people knew about it until it was too late.

In order to prevent this happening again, another affected Chapel of Garioch resident has started a petition with the aim of forcing councils to alert households of wind turbine applications in their area.

You can sign the petition here

This should allow a much fairer democratic process which we can all take part in.

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAllan Morrison