A planning application for Scotland's first mainland wind farm has been turned down on the grounds of noise. Grampian Windpower, a consortium of local businessmen who have remained anonymous throughout the planning process, planned to erect seven Vestas wind turbines at Wardhill, Whitecairns near Aberdeen. However, Gordon District Council said that while they might have said yes to a wind farm in the district, Wardhill was not the right site. Some of the turbines were deemed to be too close to nearby properties which would be affected by noise. According to Bruce Smith of Aberdeen based lawyers Paul and Williamsons acting for the consortium, Grampian Windpower has not yet decided whether to appeal against the decision or to resubmit a revised application.
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