Call to halt turbines over MoD fears

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SENIOR planners are calling for a moratorium on the development of wind turbines in rural Buchan because of Ministry of Defence concerns that renewable energy schemes are interfering with vital defence surveillance systems.

Members of the Buchan area committee of Aberdeenshire Council are today expected to reject plans for three single turbine schemes because of the threat they could pose to operations at RAF Buchan.

RAF Buchan, near Peterhead, ceased operations as a key part of Britain’s strategic defences eight years ago but is still in use as an RAF radar station on nearby Stirling Hill.

The area committee will today discuss planning applications for the erection of two 150ft masts at nearby Monyruy, near Longside, and a single 260ft mast at Gallows Hill, also near Longside.

All three applications are being recommended for refusal.