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A thousand wind turbines are on course to be built in the Scottish Borders thanks to the SNP's "backroom bullying" of the local council to ignore public opposition, it has been claimed. Campaigners said official figures showed wind farm developers have already built or have planning permission for 403 turbines in the picturesque tourist area.
She said there was no need for the "march of the turbines" to continue but SNP ministers were unwilling to review the situation or listen to "besieged" communities' concerns. Miss Davidson delivered the attack during a keynote speech marking her first anniversary as leader in which she argued that the state in Scotland has become so bloated it is harming society.
Almost 4,000 turbines are scheduled to be built across Britain over the next few years, to add to the 3,800 already in operation. Mr Hayes said that only a minority of these are likely to be given the go-ahead. "We can no longer have wind turbines imposed on communities. Enough is enough," said Mr Hayes, whose constituency is in Lincolnshire.
Television historian Neil Oliver has launched a blistering attack on the Scottish Government and its green energy plans. Oliver, best known for presenting the BBC's Coast series, spoke out against the increasing numbers of "intrusive and uglifying" wind farms, warning they could ruin every view in Scotland.
Almost 8,000 people signed the petition calling for a ban on wind turbines in Anglesey's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a 1.5km buffer zone between commercial turbines and homes on the island.
With many U.K. wind farms sited on hilltops in the countryside, the comments raise the prospect that wind-farm developers may find it harder to get planning permission. Almost a third of lawmakers in Hayes's Conservative Party wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron in January calling wind turbines "inefficient and intermittent."
Mountaineers were among campaigners opposed the six new turbines at Lochluichart wind farm as the famous Ben Wyvis peak would have views over the extension. Despite 124 objections - compared to nine in support - Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has granted consent.
Angry residents have slammed a Scottish Government decision to overrule councillors and a decision to refuse a wind turbine development in a Lothian beauty spot. A proposal to build two 70-metre high turbines at Ferneylea Farm was rejected by East Lothian Council in March over fears it would harm the landscape.
It is the map of the country which lays bare for the first time the full extent of the Scottish Government's drive to convert the nation to wind power. Scotland's familiar rugged outline is peppered with at least 535 huge wind farms - taking up an estimated three to five per cent of the total land mass of Scotland - many of them located in areas of outstanding natural beauty.
In a ruling, issued today, the ASA upheld complaints by Scottish Renewables that the advert gave a misleading impression of the possible consequences of the Scottish Government's wind-turbines plan and the type of turbines likely to be used in Scotland, as well as exaggerating the Scottish government's estimate for offshore wind-farm developments.
Infrastructure minister David Cretney has written to developers of a planned wind farm in the Irish Sea, outlining the Manx government's concerns about the impact it could have on the Island's economy.
As part of their lobbying against wind turbine farms in Scotland's mountains, MCofS's Chief Officer, David Gibson is attempting to mobilise travel and tourist businesses to voice their dissent against this 'industrialisation'.
The threat posed to Northumberland's landscape, heritage and rural communities by wind farm development is possibly the biggest planning challenge the county has faced in modern times, it has been claimed.
"The Rudston turbine could well be a test case, resulting in the near-destruction of the historical landscape." The plans were submitted to East Riding Council on July 4 but planning officers did not contact English Heritage about the proposals until last week.
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.
"My view is that there is now a case for a moratorium in the East Riding. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and we are getting to the stage now where the number of wind farms is coming close to desecrating it."
"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."
Concerned residents of two communities on the edge of the town are preparing to do battle over a proposal for two massive wind turbines near the A14. Pinewood and Belstead parish councils are working together to establish what is planned for land at Thorington Hall between the two villages.
"We are not against genuinely small-scale, well-sited wind turbines, which do not harm the local amenity and supply energy to a farm or premises. "What we are against is the inappropriate siting of large turbines where they adversely affect landscape and blight the lives of people who live nearby."