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Wind farm developers make turbines look smaller than they actually are when applying for planning permission in order to 'trick' councils into giving them the go-ahead, a leading architect has warned.
Alan MacDonald, from Inverness, says turbines can be made to look four times smaller than they really are. Developers use wide-angle lenses to make objects in the pictures look smaller, Mr MacDonald says. Scottish National Heritage intends to revise its guidance to developers.
"Alex Salmond must have a death wish. Other countries throughout the world are abandoning wind turbine projects and not building previously approved structures because the economics just don't work. Without subsidies from England, Scotland would not be able to sustain his folly."
Prehistoric sites have been given no protection from planners to stop turbines being built close to them. From north to south, there are as many as 1,800 turbines in place and hundreds more planned. Seven planning applications a day are lodged with councils by developers cashing in on millions in subsidies.
Wind Farm developers have been accused of deceiving local councils and the public by using computer-generated images in planning applications that make the turbines seem smaller than they are in reality. The claim is contained in a new book, Windfarm Visualisation: Perspective or Perception, by the architect Alan Macdonald, whose company, Architech, specialises in computer- generated images.
Ruling on wind farm says the countryside is as important as climate change targets. The Coalition's renewable energy targets do not outweigh value of the beauty of the English countryside, a High Court judge said yesterday as she rejected planning permission for a wind farm.
Heritage sites around the country will be ruined by wind farms, the National Trust has warned after 300ft turbines got the go ahead near Lyveden New Bield, one of England's most important historic ruins.
Mr Trump has written to First Minister Alex Salmond accusing him of being ''hellbent on destroying Scotland's coastline''. He ...warned he would abandon his proposals for a hotel and houses on the Menie Estate if the development is approved.
Work on the development in Menie, Aberdeenshire, has been put on hold until a decision is made on an offshore wind farm proposal near the site. The postponement was announced last week and the Trump Organisation said any future work, including the building of a hotel, would now depend on the decision made by the Scottish Government regarding the application for the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).
In a statement issued from his New York headquarters, Trump said: "All further plans for future development, including the hotel, are now on hold until the Scottish government makes a decision on the application for the European offshore wind deployment centre submitted by Vattenfall and Areg [Aberdeen renewable energy group].
Highland councillors have voted nine to three to oppose RWE Npower Renewables' plan to construct 31 turbines in the Monadhliath Mountains. Earlier, the councillors had taken the UK's highest railway journey to help them assess the potential visual impact of the Allt Duine project.
A senior local politician has warned the need for renewable energy cannot be at the expense of the heritage of Yorkshire's most popular seaside resort after a controversial wind turbine scheme earmarked for a 19th century hotel was thrown out.
A wind farm is to be built at the site of one of the most important battles ever fought on English soil, despite officials admitting that the scheme will "harm the setting" of the historic location. Proposals for an array of 415ft turbines overlooking the site of the Battle of Naseby, the decisive clash of the English Civil War, have been opposed by heritage groups.
They believe that harnessing the power of the park's many rivers and burns will help Scotland meet its green energy targets while avoiding or restricting the construction of unsightly wind farms in the vicinity. Gordon Watson, the director of planning and rural development for the Park Authority, said: "If there is something that Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National park is not short of, it's water.
The plan to build five 115-metre turbines between the village of Woodland and Hamsterley Forest - close to the home of TV botanist David Bellamy - is facing significant planning problems that could lead to delays of up to a year - or outright rejection.
Last year, members of Daventry District Council blocked plans to build turbines to the north of Haselbech, near Naseby, because of the impact the development would have on the area. But this week, national planning inspector, Paul Griffiths, overturned that decision, meaning six turbines up to 415ft tall can be built.
The Government's own environmental advisory body has warned that the magnificent views from Flamborough Head on the east Yorkshire coast will be "impacted" on by the huge Westernmost Rough offshore wind farm, due to be constructed some 20 miles down the coast near Withernsea.
"While the National Trust fully supports UK renewable energy initiatives, it has serious reservations about current plans for developing offshore wind energy so close to shore in the Bristol Channel, with the potential for serious impacts on sensitive coastal landscapes and seascapes."
A group set up to oppose plans for more wind turbines on Anglesey says the island could be 'blighted' as a result of a huge increase in applications. They say more than 40 new sites are being considered by developers.
"It is bad enough having the possibility of 14 turbines up to 145 metres high on South Dale, but with all these farm turbines we are already starting to create a wind farm by default. "It is absolute madness."