Following an open meeting held at Glass Village Hall on 18 November 2004 it was suggested that a web site be set up to make available information relating to the application by AMEC Wind to construct a windfarm in the Clashindarroch Forest. This information would then be available to be downloaded by interested parties.

The purpose of this web site was originally to enable this and also to provide links to other sources of information. Items of news and announcements which may be of interest to residents of Glass and others are also presented.

Following the Public Inquiry and subsequent refusal of the application by the Scottish Executive the site became redundant and ceased to be updated. However, following recent events, it is now felt that the site should be brought back into active management. Previous news and announcements have been archived and the rest of the information pertaining to the original application will also be archived shortly.

As feared by many, AMEC are continuing to pursue the approval for a windfarm and we understand have opened discussions with Aberdeenshire Council to establish how their application can be amended to make it acceptable.

Latest news items and announcements can be viewed below.

Should you wish to comment, enquire on any matter pertaining to the wind farm project or suggest items for inclusion, we have provided some points of contact and a feedback form.

Any questions regarding the development can be sent to the web site using the feedback form. and these will be passed to the relevant person. Together with any response, the information can then be made available to other members of the community.

Public Inquiry

Dated 12 September 2007.

The following information appears on the Scottish Office website:

In July 2003, Amec applied for consent to construct a wind farm at Clashindarroch near Huntly. The proposal was for 47 turbines (later reduced to 40) with a generating capacity of 129MW

A public local inquiry was held in May 2006

Ministers accept the Reporter's findings of fact, recommendations and conclusions and have refused consent on the grounds of potentially harmful landscape, visual and residential amenity effects in the Deveron Valley

The full text of the report can be downloaded from the Scottish Executive website.

NEWS

13 June 2008
AMEC presentations

Details of the new AMEC proposal will be presented to the public at a series of meetings.

More details here.


15 February 2008
Feedback from AMEC Meeting

It seems that Amec are at the pre-planning stage exploring the possibility of submitting a new planning application, which would address the concerns of the Reporter which led her to recommend refusal of the original proposal.

More details here.


11 February 2008
AMEC to meet Aberdeenshire Council

A meeting, which was thought to be open to the public, on Wednesday 13 February afternoon at Aberdeenshire Council's Woodhill House in Aberdeen is between the developer, their agent and the consultees and is by invitation only. It was apparently called by AMEC for a pre-submission discussion round a table to explore issues that may be raised. Malcolm Hay has been invited as a consultee on behalf of the Deveron and Bogie Rivers Board and Trust.


1 February 2008
A letter to Huntly Express

A letter from Richard Hammock is printed in the Huntly Express dated 1 February 2008. He notes a conversation with the Forestry Commission District Manager to the effect that AMEC are continuing their plans for a windfarm.

The full text of the letter can be viewed on the 'News' page

More details here.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

19 February 2008
SNH Wildcat Survey

A new Scottish Wildcat Survey has been launched. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is calling on visitors and workers in the outdoors to be alert for any sightings of our most elusive predator, the Scottish Wildcat (Felis silvestris).

Full details from SNH website.

Any sightings in the Clash should be reported.


Earlier news items have been transferred to an archive file. These can be viewed from the 'News' page.