Blow for wind farm protesters
WIND FARM protesters have been dealt a potentially devastating blow after an influential watchdog backed developers’ pleas for compulsory purchase powers.
January 21, 2006
by Alan Richardson
in The Courier
CRE Energy Ltd, an offshoot of ScottishPower and the company behind the controversial Greenknowes plan for the Ochil Hills, has demanded the right of compulsory purchase where their plans for wind farms are blocked by landowners.
Energy industry regulator Ofgem have indicated they should be given the powers, although any final decisions would be left with Scottish Ministers. The powers would cover access roads and ancillary sites as well as the actual wind farm sites.
However, the move has been branded “the end of democracy” by one local objector.
Although Ofgem intends undertaking a full review of the issue, an... [continue via Web link]