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SNP Government criticised for overturning council wind farm decisions

The Scottish Government has been accused of a “clear contempt for democracy” after it was revealed it is overturning the majority of windfarm plans rejected by councils. Almost two thirds of wind farm applications which were vetoed by local authorities were subsequently given the green light when an appeal was submitted to the government.
3 Aug 2017

Contractors beware: Robin Rigg ruling has wide-ranging ramifications

"This judgment will come as a shock to many.  The Supreme Court determined that the contractor, MT Højgaard, was under an obligation to ensure that the offshore windfarm's foundations would have a minimum lifetime of 20 years.  This effectively placed on the contractor the consequences of an error in the international standard to which they were working. 
3 Aug 2017

Big wind farm appeal rejected by government

17-07-26_dl_ir_creddacott_farm_conrwall_3014917_thumb The Secretary of State said he agreed with the conclusion of the Planning Inspector that “there would be harm caused to the significance of a number of designated heritage assets” and that the size and layout of the 11 wind turbines would be “an incongruous presence of significant scale” which would harm the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Heritage Coast.
27 Jul 2017

Tourists shun areas hit by wind turbine ‘blight’

A survey carried out on behalf of the John Muir Trust (JMT) found that 55% of respondents were “less likely” to venture into areas of the countryside industrialised by giant turbines, electricity pylons and super-quarries. ...The poll has rekindled calls for Scottish ministers to increase protection for wild and scenic areas that, it is argued, will protect rural tourism businesses.
16 Jul 2017

Plans refused for England's largest onshore wind farm on Scout Moor

17-07-06_final_dl_scout_moor_wind_farm_thumb Mr Javid agreed with the planning inspector that the area which fell under application A, on land in Rossendale, was valued for its "openness and tranquillity". The 115m wind turbines would have had a "significant adverse effect" on the landscape and views, he ruled. The final ruling can be accessed by clicking the document icon appearing on this page.
8 Jul 2017

Nesting birds halt work on giant north substation

Two feisty birds have caused work on a giant substation at a new Highland wind farm to grind to a halt. Even bird-scarers did not deter the ground-nesting pair of golden plovers ...Work on the foundations of the substation has ceased since three eggs were laid and two chicks hatched.
26 Jun 2017

Bird charity mulls appeal of wind farm decision

RSPB Scotland argued that the threat posed to birds and wildlife habitats from the turbines was significant and it sought judicial review of the decision in 2014 to grant planning permissions for the projects. A ruling by Lord Stewart last July found in the charity’s favour but that decision was overturned ...RSPB Scotland has now sought leave to appeal that ruling.
14 Jun 2017

Offshore Wind Contract Conundrum Heads to Supreme Court

The English Supreme Court is due to hear an appeal on the long-running dispute in connection with the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm. ...At issue is whether E.ON (the employer) or Højgaard (the contractor) must bear the approximate €26 million cost of remedying failed grouted connections between monopiles and transition pieces at Robin Rigg.
1 Jun 2017

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