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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

June 22, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Councillor embroiled in turbine “cronyism” row suspended for six months

An Aberdeenshire councillor has been suspended for six months after lobbying colleagues about a proposal to build a controversial wind turbine on his farm. Turriff member Sandy Duncan first submitted plans to build a 150ft turbine at his Beechwood farm, near Forglen, three years ago. But, after a protracted planning and court row, the scheme was finally rejected in February Cllr Duncan, who was accused of “cronyism” by political opponents, appeared before a Standards Commission hearing in Aberdeen yesterday, facing . . .

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June 22, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial plans for three giant wind turbines in Hapton have been branded as ‘vandalism of the countryside’

Controversial plans for three giant wind turbines have been branded as ‘vandalism of the countryside’. FAB Energy Solutions wants to erect the turbines measuring up to 100 metres in height on land south of New Barn Billington Road in Hapton. The proposed development lies on land to the south and south east of the existing Hameldon Hill Wind Farm, which has six wind turbines. Despite letters of objections from community leaders and households living nearby, planners will recommend the application . . .

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June 22, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Ramblers win High Court permission to challenge decision to approve construction of wind farm in Antrim Hills

A ramblers body has won High Court permission to challenge the decision to approve construction of a wind farm in the Antrim Hills. The Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs was granted leave to seek a judicial review of planning permission for installation in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Under the scheme seven 100m-high turbines will be built at Ballykeel, near Larne. A company behind the project was given the green-light following a meeting of Mid and East Antrim Council’s . . .

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June 20, 2017 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Dr James Fenton: Nature is paying the price of development

We have only one planet and, as the ­American poet Gary Snyder says, “this living, flowing world is all we have – forever”. Why, then, do we not stand up for it more, instead of allowing developers to trash it, or, to use more measured language, cause continual attrition of its wildness? Why are we reducing the richness of the planet by forcing the animals and plants with which we share it into smaller and smaller corners, until they have . . .

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June 20, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Judges order turbine Builth Wells review over church impact

A farmer may have to take down his wind turbine after judges ruled it impacted on a nearby listed church. The 41.8m-high (137ft) turbine at Upper Pengarth, near Builth Wells, was built last year following approval by Powys council. But London’s Court of Appeal said the council needs to reconsider the move. It was found to have failed to give “special regard” to preserving the setting of the Grade II-listed Llanbedr Church. The church is about one mile (1.5km) from . . .

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June 20, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Moray MSP reaffirms pledge to block “web of pylons” blight

Moray’s MSP has reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring the region does not become blighted by a “web of pylons”. Once complete, the Blackhillock electricity substation near Keith will be the largest of its kind in the UK – and the second biggest in northern Europe. The area is already home to multiple power cable routes converging on the one point from locations across the north of Scotland. Last night MSP Richard Lochhead criticised SSEN for not exhausting all avenues in . . .

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June 20, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm extension supported with mitigation on biodiversity

The Scottish government accepted a recommendation from a reporter than 16 additional turbines up to 125 metres high to blade tip should be added to an operational wind farm, boosting the generating capacity to 96MW. The site lay within the river Spey special area of conservation (SAC) designated for Atlantic salmon, otter, sea lamprey and freshwater mussels. Scottish Natural Heritage had confirmed that the integrity of the SAC would not be adversely affected provided suitable mitigation was undertaken. The applicant . . .

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June 20, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Court of Appeal overturns Welsh wind turbine approval

The Court of Appeal has overturned a planning permission for a single wind turbine on a farm in Wales, after ruling that its impact on a nearby listed church had been ignored. Farmer Colin Bagley erected the 41.8-metre high turbine at Upper Pengarth, Llandeilo Graban, near Builth Wells, last year. Powys County Council had granted planning consent for the turbine in May 2015. But now its future is in doubt after Appeal Court judges in London overturned the permission and . . .

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June 20, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners outraged power line plan that will dwarf local landmark is approved

The Scottish Government has approved a controversial power line project – prompting fury from campaigners who wanted to protect the countryside. Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSEN) have been given the go-ahead to hook the Dorenell windfarm near Dufftown to the national grid with a 14-mile stretch of poles. But outraged locals called for the cables to be put underground to preserve the natural beauty of Speyside’s moorland. Last night they were dismayed at the Scottish Government’s decision to back . . .

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June 17, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm plans for seven new turbines near New Cumnock

Members of the community are invited to a public event in New Cumnock updating them on the Ashmark Hill windfarm development. As well as the latest outline plans, turbine locations and environmental studies, computer-generated images will depict how the proposed site may look. This will show initial layout designs, outline access and transport plans for the windfarm. And staff from developers innogy will be on hand at the event. It takes place at New Cumnock Town Hall on Wednesday, June . . .

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