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Wind turbines ‘ruin views in most of Scotland’

A map showing wind farms are visible from at least 60 per cent of Scotland is being released today by a leading environment campaign group. The purple areas on the map represent areas where 410ft high wind turbines are visible at a maximum distance of about 18 miles.

A map showing wind farms are visible from at least 60 per cent of Scotland is being released today by a leading environment campaign group.

The purple areas on the map represent areas where 410ft high wind turbines are visible at a maximum distance of about 18 miles.

The area coloured red is the site of the proposed Talladh-a-Bheithe wind farm, currently under consideration by Perth and Kinross Council.

The John Muir Trust commissioned the map as part of its objections to the proposed windfarm project near Kinloch Rannoch, which it describes as a “stab in the heart of Scotland’s wild land”.

The group described the area where the new 24-turbine windfarm could be situated, eight miles west of Kinloch Rannoch, as one of the last wild land areas of Scotland not to be “blighted” by wind farms.

It said as well as being visible for miles, the wind turbines would be seen from more than 30 Munros (mountains over 3,000ft) and Corbetts (those over 2,500ft but below 3,000ft).

Helen McDade, head of policy at the environment group, said: “The trust believes that this development would be a stab in the heart of Scotland’s wild land.

“Although our primary aim is to protect wild... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

A map showing wind farms are visible from at least 60 per cent of Scotland is being released today by a leading environment campaign group.

The purple areas on the map represent areas where 410ft high wind turbines are visible at a maximum distance of about 18 miles.

The area coloured red is the site of the proposed Talladh-a-Bheithe wind farm, currently under consideration by Perth and Kinross Council.

The John Muir Trust commissioned the map as part of its objections to the proposed windfarm project near Kinloch Rannoch, which it describes as a “stab in the heart of Scotland’s wild land”.

The group described the area where the new 24-turbine windfarm could be situated, eight miles west of Kinloch Rannoch, as one of the last wild land areas of Scotland not to be “blighted” by wind farms.

It said as well as being visible for miles, the wind turbines would be seen from more than 30 Munros (mountains over 3,000ft) and Corbetts (those over 2,500ft but below 3,000ft).

Helen McDade, head of policy at the environment group, said: “The trust believes that this development would be a stab in the heart of Scotland’s wild land.

“Although our primary aim is to protect wild land, this map as a whole concerns us enormously. Perhaps it is time that the Scottish Government had a rethink and at least saved the remaining visually unpolluted areas of the country.

“Some areas such as Caithness, the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway must be reaching saturation point. You only need to look at the map to be shocked by what has happened in the last few years.’

“The map is only based on what is currently built and operating. Thousands more turbines are in the planning system and they will impact on thousands more people and homes.”

Dr Steve Carver, director of the Wild Land Research Institute at Leeds University, who compiled the map, said: “Wind turbines are a good thing as long as they are situated in an appropriate place, and wild places are not good places for them.’’

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Government said it supported onshore wind power in the right places as part of a diverse energy mix.

“There continues to be strong public support for the development of wind power and the Scottish Government will continue to support the integration of wind farms into the most suitable places, with careful design and mitigation, to help ensure the wider benefits for Scotland and its communities continue to be delivered,” the spokeswoman said.

“The Talladh-a-Bheithe wind farm application is with ministers for consideration and it would be inappropriate to comment at this time on that proposal.”

  wolrds opinions changed over night and the uk is left with its posterior exposed
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eleanor223

12:47 PM on 13/09/2014

These windmills are beautiful! Scotland will soon be self-reliant of green energy of all kinds, and currently produces 25% of EU's.
Certainly beats disused factories, slag heaps and oal-fired plants.
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Uncle Monty

12:38 PM on 13/09/2014

Presumably all these wind-turbine are a concession to Pat Harvie's Green Party and his support for the SNP / Independence. But how does extracting every last ounce of oil and gas from the North Sea square with Pat's 'green' agenda? Or is it just a case of wanting power?
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RoyLinton

12:22 PM on 13/09/2014

Between the wind turbines and the thousands of electricity pylons marching across every hill in Scotland ( or so it seems )
We've been making a mess of the countryside for a long time now!
IT'S TIME TO STOP !
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Caleyman

12:16 PM on 13/09/2014

My life style means that I cross the border at least a dozen or so plus times a year usually on the M80/M73/M74.

In the last year on a few occasional having gone via Edinburgh, I have used the A702 via Biggar joining the M74 at Abington. Lovely route- no winds farms for miles but use the M74, its wind farm after wind farm
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Alastair

12:07 PM on 13/09/2014

I quite like seeing a group of about 15-20 elegant turbines OCCASIONALLY.

BUT. I am sick of seeing them dominating the horizon like some kind of War of the Worlds.

It's fine if they are a relatively discrete part of the mix - but not as a blunderbuss renewable 'quick fix'.

I also believe they also cause problems with the Grid - a tech person told me it's to do with harmonics.... Perhaps someone can explain this better.

Wave, Tidal and Hydro seem worth exploring but we'll all be bust anyway if independence happens.....

Vote No
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GenghisMcSchroot

11:38 AM on 13/09/2014

These monstrosities are a disaster from all sorts of perspectives. Even a coat of camouflage paint would help reduce their abominable visual impact on the Scottish landscape - one of the planet's most visually arresting. Once again political expediency triumphs over common sense.
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Bigally12

11:20 AM on 13/09/2014

With both the nuclear stations and the coal station due to shutdown by 2023, after that date Scotland will be an energy backwater with no adequate baseload capacity and no doubt power cuts unless the rUK will supply us with power. Looking at the grid output figures just now, windpower is supplying 890MW out of a possible capacity of 8403MW which is just above 10%. This is the export that is going to make us the Saudi Arabia of renewables. I CANT SEE THAT HAPPENING !!!

http://www.bmreports.com/bsp/bsp_home.htm
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Judith

10:35 AM on 13/09/2014

Any business can be abusive (energy corporations). Yes...wind power is a good thing but.. Are the Scottish getting most this energy and are taxes coming back to them?

BP doesn't pay many taxes for all the oil and destruction they have done to American shores and land. They lie about production, etc. US leaders let them off the hook. Don't do it Scotland.

Tourism brings money to Scotland. Ruining the beauty of Scotland should be considered.

Money isn't everything. I doubt the Scottish get what they deserve of the profits.

Nationalize your energy resources (oil) like Sweden and Norway...Venezuela. They have funds to do social programs.
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bullred26

10:34 AM on 13/09/2014

I'm a Londoner who loves to get away to the beautiful Scottish countryside. It is an oasis of peace and loveliness in an increasingly frantic world.
I hope Scotland doesn't go the same way as Cornwall where so much of the county is despoiled by these intrusive symbols of industrialisation. Luckily the Cornish coast remains stunning but inland it's a different story.
By the way, my brothers and sisters north of the border, please vote NO in the referendum.
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Dreams of Caledonia

10:15 AM on 13/09/2014

Salmond has said we will be the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy.
He could also, given some of his and Sillars' pronouncements, have added we will be the Saudi Arabia of free speech and human rights.
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