Opposition to Glendye Wind Farm

Clan Strachan Opposed to Glendye Wind Farm

Published: 22 October 2018, updated 1 December 2018

Coriolis Energy and Irish utility firm ESB are looking to develop a wind farm project and plan to place 26 wind turbines on the Fasque and Glendye estate, north of the village of Fettercairn and on the approach to the Cairn O'Mount and Clachnaben.

The Society considers this area of paramount importance to our family's history, culture and heritage.  We have therefore submitted an objection to the proposed development, and consider the impact of the twenty-six 149.9m high turbines and associated infrastructure inappropriate for several reasons:

•  Clachnaben and the Forest of Birse region has been designated a Special Landscape Area (i.e., a conservation area) by the Aberdeen Local Development Plan

•  The turbines will have a detrimental visual impact on the Cairngorm National Park and the surrounding area

•  The turbines and supporting infrastructure will cause irreparable damage to ancient peat lands that benefit the environment

•  Turbines will have a devastating impact on endangered and rare bird species, including the local raptor population

The landscape of the Lower Deeside and the Cairn O'Mount is uniquely beautiful, spectacular, and unspoiled; and is priceless to many of the local inhabitants and to the thousands of tourist that visit this area every year. It is therefore not surprising that its development is strongly opposed by local councilmembers, especially since the development violates numerous sections of the Aberdeen Local Development Plan (LDP).

The Society is joined in our protest by several conservation and other organisations including the Clan Strachan Charitable Trust in Scotland, the Aberdeen Branch of the Scottish Green Party, Save Clachnaben Opposition Group, North East Raptor Study Group, and several mountaineering, hiking, and other organizations.

Additionally, the Society has received emails from both Mike Rumbles (MSP for North East Scotland) and Alexander Burnett (MSP for Aberdeenshire West) who have expressed their opposition to the Glendye Wind Farm.

In a relatively new development, the Society has learned that on (or before) 13 November 2018, the  John Muir Trust , a conservation charity in Scotland, has filed it's opposition to the Glendye Wind Farm.

At the present time we are waiting for the Scottish government to make their determination.  Please return to this page in the future for updates.


Aberdeen Local Development Plan (LDP), Part 1

Aberdeen LDP, Special Landscape Area, 9c, page 70

Aberdeen LDP, Settlement of Marr

Aberdeen LDP, Links to documents

Download the Society Flier

Outside Weblinks:

Save Clacknaben Opposition Group

Save Clachnaben Facebook Page


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