Landscape Matters

Potential threat from Wind Farm to Angus Glens, Cairngorms National Park and Lochnagar

Tuesday 12th February 2013


Wind Farm threat to Angus Glens, Cairngorms National Park and Lochnagar

The MCofS has responded today to a Scoping Opinion request from Eneco Wind UK Ltd, a Warwick-based company, which could see 18 turbines erected at Backwater Dam in north west Angus.

The proposal is for 18 turbines 127.5m high to blade tip at base heights of between approximately 310 to 470m above sea level on land owned by Scottish Water. Turbines of this size and at this altitude would have a vast visual reach. The perimeter of the proposed development would be approximately one kilometre from the boundary of the Cairngorms National Park.

The southern boundary of the Cairngorms National Park runs just to the north and east of the wind farm site, within one kilometre at its closest point, with the nearest proposed turbines a further kilometre from the site boundary. The Deeside and Lochnagar National Scenic Area (NSA) lies approximately 6.5 kilometres north of the site. This is within the 10 kilometre buffer zone of a National Scenic Area. 

The proposal has yet to proceed to the planning process. However, should it do so, based on the proposal as currently presented, visual impact would be considerable. The wind farm would be visible from:

  • Ten Munros in the National Park:- Driesh (14kms), Mayar (14kms), Creag Leacach (18kms), Glas Maol (19kms), Cairn of Claise (20kms), Carn a’Gheoidh (23kms), Glas Tulaichean (27kms), Beinn Iuthairn Mor (29kms), Beinn a’Ghlo – Carn nan Gabhar (32kms) and Carn Liath (34kms).
  • Four Corbetts in the National Park would have visibility of this wind farm:- Monamenach (14kms), Ben Tirran (18kms), Ben Gulabin (20kms) and Ben Vuirich (29kms) and one Graham, Duchray Hill (13kms).
  • Outwith the Park it will be visible from the Corbett, Ben Vrackie (13kms) and five Grahams, Cat Law (6kms), Corwharn (6kms), Mount Blair (10kms), Badandun Hill (10kms) and Blath Bhalg (25kms).

We will keep our members informed concerning the developer's reaction to responses to the Scoping Request and advise any intention of the developer to proceed to planning.