Sites within the report (Strategic Environmental Assessment of New Allocated Sites and Alternative Bids – Formartine.), there is a clear omission of information with regards to biodiversity. Other sites within the village refer to the negative impacts of Biodiversity as: “Ythan Estuary, Sands of Forvie and Meikle Loch SPA and Sands of Forvie SAC are set to the north. This site is at a very close proximity to the qualifying sites and likely to have an impact on the qualifying species.”
The proximity to these areas of biodiversity is noted throughout the report for proposed sites around Potterton, but has been omitted for sites OP1 and OP2. Both OP1 and OP2 are within the same close proximity to “qualifying sites” and “qualifying species”. The Local Authority can not choose to use information for one proposed site but omit it for another, when the sites are all within the same close proximity.
As an example, it could be argued that Milton of Potterton neighbouring OP1 is in fact closer to Sands of Forvie than FR121 at Gourdiepark. (Milton of Potterton, the border of OP1 site is 13.3miles from Forvie Sands, whilst Gourdiepark is 14.1 miles away from Forvie Sands.)
This is an inaccuracy of reporting by omission. This should have been included when discussing biodiversity on OP1 and OP2.
http://publications.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/…/sea-er-assessmen… (Potterton begins on page 119)