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‘The last thing Scottish ministers want to know is how many turbines have been imposed on the country. If they did, they would have to tell the Scottish people and they couldn’t blame Westminster as planning is fully devolved. ‘They would also have to stop dodging key policy questions like how many turbines do we need, how many can we afford and how many can our landscape and communities take.
Project manager Sebastian Riss said: “Following objections on, among others, ecological grounds, which would require in-depth and long-term assessments, we decided to withdraw the application and are not intending to pursue a wind turbine development further at this location.”
Wild land charity the John Muir Trust has written to Energy Minister Fergus Ewing asking him to refuse consent to three large wind farms in designated Wild Land Areas.
"We believe the community has made a wise decision, looking to the long-term future of the Black Isle. It is also a good decision for the sensible use of public funds."
The company will now drill through two sections of the sea defences, as Centrica did for the Lincs Wind Farm, but residents have demanded assurances they will be safe from the risk of flooding and the sea defences will be fully reinstated and properly monitored.
Plans to replace one of Britain’s oldest wind farms with new turbines almost three times as tall will have a “devastating” effect on the Lake District, campaigners have warned. The 12 turbines of the existing Kirkby Moor wind farm, which was built in 1993, are each 139 feet tall and stand less than a mile outside the southern boundary of the National Park.
Wind turbines can now be seen from almost half of all places in Scotland, according to the latest figures from the government’s nature agency. A new Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) report shows the scale of areas affected has more than doubled in the past five years, from 19.9 per cent in 2008 to 45.9 per cent in 2013. ...“How much longer will SNH help Scottish ministers to hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil when it comes to industrial wind turbines?”
Campaigners against a wind farm outside of Montrose are urging people to object to another plan for turbines. A planning application for two wind turbines was lodged in January. The 2013 application by the same developers, for three turbines, was withdrawn having attracted more than 90 objections.
Mountaineers, local people and others are urging Highland councillors to refuse consent for a six turbine wind farm on the edge of the "world-famous landscape" of Glen Affric. The structures would be almost 400ft to blade tip, twice the height of Edinburgh's Scott Monument.
“The Scottish Government wants to see the right developments in the right places, and Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale and character of the landscape and should be considered environmentally acceptable.”
Energy minister Fergus Ewing agreed with Scottish Natural Heritage, which had raised concerns over the 30-turbine project’s cumulative impact and adverse landscape and visual issues in Upper Nithsdale.
Lawyers acting for a wildlife charity have asked a judge to stop a wind farm development at a beauty spot in the Highlands. The John Muir Trust claim the Scottish Government should never have given the go ahead to the 67-turbine Stronelairg development near Fort Augustus.
A controversial giant windfarm which has finally been given approval will not be built unless a 200 mile sub-sea connection links Shetland to the mainland, according to the industry.
“Eric Pickles MP concluded that there was significant harm to the setting of St Mary’s Church, Rushall and harm to other heritage assets and this harm outweighed the benefits of the renewal energy proposal.
Anti-wind farm activists have said that a new set of turbines close to the Cairngorms National Park would “despoil one of the most beautiful and accessible wild areas” in Scotland.
"This news is a great success for the local protest movement – people whose lives have been blighted by the black cloud of destruction that has hung over their heads for years. The stress, fear and division will be lifted from Dyfnant area.
Scottish Power are ditching proposals for a wind farm at Dyfnant Forest, at Lake Vyrnwy, Powys, after working on the proposals for six years. Company chiefs said the reasons were the length of time for the planning process and a need to modernise the grid.
Retrospective planning permission for two wind turbines at a farm in Cornwall has been blocked by communities secretary Eric Pickles, who cited concern about harm to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), listed buildings and a castle.
Nearly 25,000 objections were lodged against proposals to build wind turbines the “size of skyscrapers” across Scotland. Official figures have revealed the extent of public disquiet over plans for 50-megawatt developments considered by the Scottish Government between 2010-14.
A giant 67 turbine wind farm planned for the mountains overlooking Loch Ness will be an environmental disaster thanks to the sheer quantity of stone which will need to be quarried to construct it, according to the John Muir Trust.