Next steps

The proposals are currently being considered by Aberdeenshire Council.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee decided in December 2020 to hold a site visit for the Craigneil Wind Farm proposal.

The wind farm has been recommended for approval by Aberdeenshire Council’s planning officers and has received no objections from any statutory consultees, including no objections from key statutory consultees such as NatureScot (formerly SNH), SEPA, the MOD and Historic Environment Scotland.  The project is supported by Stonehaven & District Community Council, the host community council for the proposal.

If consented, ESB is committed to holding Meet the Developer events in Stonehaven to outline to local businesses the opportunities connected to the project. Contracts for the construction, development, operation and maintenance of the Craigneil Wind Farm over its lifetime could be worth up to £41.4 million pounds.  Once operational, up to 9 full-time jobs will be supported by the wind farm, together with further opportunities for companies supplying goods and services.

ESB is also committed to providing a community benefit fund of £5,000 per MW per annum, index linked, for the lifetime of the project, meaning that the wind farm will provide £176,000 every year to the local area.  The community benefit will be administered independently of ESB.

ESB Renewables Project Director Brian Hegarty said: “We thank councillors for their time at the Area Committee and we are confident that a site visit, when able to take place, will demonstrate that Craigneil Wind Farm has been designed to sit comfortably within the local landscape.  We hope that the site visit can take place as soon as possible, in line with Covid-19 restrictions, so a decision can be made on the project.  We have worked extremely hard to bring forward a policy compliant proposal and we would like to thank the local community and consultees for their time and input into the project to date.”

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