Impact on Economy and UK
‘A victory for common sense and local democracy’ — that was the description of a planning inquiry decision that ruled against building three wind turbines within striking distance of Dartmoor.
Opponents, who have fought the scheme to build the 81m turbines for the last 18 months, were in jubilant mood following the announcement last Thursday.
Inspector Keith Smith dismissed an appeal by developers West Coast Energy following a public inquiry held in Okehampton in June.
Ray Quirke, chairman of opposition group ODAT, said: ‘We are overjoyed and extremely relieved at the news. These turbines would have blighted our lives.
The firm must apply to the Scottish Government rather than the local authority because of the scale of the plan.
But Moray Council must be consulted and, if it objects, a public inquiry will be held.
The government is due to make a decision on September 29.
There's been mixed news for tourism in Berwickshire this week - while one plan looks set to boost the economy another development is threatening to do the exact opposite............Things aren't looking as promising for the residents of Coldingham Moor. As reported in last week's Berwickshire News, they are becoming increasingly worried about what repercussions the proposed windfarm for Drone Hill could have for them.
The development is the brainchild of PM Renewables and if their application is given the green light by Scottish Borders Council's Planning Department later this summer, 22 76 metre high turbines could soon be standing on either side of the A1107 across the cliff tops.
Both Coldingham Community Council and Coldingham STAG have voiced their concerns over negative side effects for the local tourism industry and a recent survey by Visit Scotland has confirmed their suspicions. Results pointed to the fact that 26 per cent of people questioned wouldn't visit a place with a windfarm in its vicinity.
A proposed 20MW on-shore wind farm will increase the price of electricity for island customers.
That's according to the Green Power Manx Group (GPMG) ...Instead it believes the money saved by not building a wind farm could be used to save considerably more CO2 in the short and long term.