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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.

February 14, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for Strathaven wind farm get go-ahead thanks to state-of-the-art radar

Innovative plans for Kype Muir Wind Farm have been given the green light following the installation of a state-of-the-art radar system at Glasgow Airport. Along with air traffic services company NATS, and Banks Renewables, Glasgow Airport has introduced a new radar that can mitigate the impact of the wind farm near Strathaven. The development will generate 88.4MW of renewable energy from its 26 turbines. NATS will manage the dual Terma SCANTER 4002 radar system which is capable of supporting air . . . Complete story »

February 8, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Gilston Hill wind farm near Heriot approved on appeal

An appeal against a council’s refusal of a wind farm in the Scottish Borders has been successful. The local authority turned down seven turbines on land north west of Gilston Farm near Heriot due to landscape impact concerns. Forsa Energy appealed against that decision and it has now been ruled the project can proceed. A Scottish government reporter said the cumulative impact with the nearby Dun Law wind farm would be “acceptable”. “Any wind farm development, by virtue of the . . . Complete story »

February 7, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

More visual information demanded for determination of Caithness turbine appeal

Determination of an application to build 300ft wind turbine in Caithness has been deferred by Highland councillors for more visual information. Whirlwind Renewables has applied to place the turbine on rough grazing land immediately southeast of the Forss Business and Technology Park and the existing six-turbine Forss Wind Farm. Planners refused the application on the grounds that it was a different height from the Forss windfarm turbines and therefore would appear ‘incongruous’ and ‘visually confusing’, particularly when viewed from the . . . Complete story »

February 6, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Local democracy ignored in wind farm row

Overhill Wind Farm’s nearest neighbour has claimed that local democracy is being denied after the council gave developers the green light. East Ayrshire Council’s planning committee gave developers EnergieKontor permission for the 10-turbine wind farm between Dalmellington and New Cumnock on Friday, January 18. However, there were over 400 more objections than letters of support and Jerry Mulders – who stays less than 2km from the planned turbines – feels let down by the council. Jerry told the Chronicle: “It . . . Complete story »

February 3, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Growing opposition to windfarm

Marr area councillors have echoed the views of their Kincardine and Mearns counterparts and recommended a formal objection to plans for a 26-turbine windfarm near the Cairngorms National Park. The unanimous decision paves the way for Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee to lodge a formal objection with the Scottish Government. Coriolis Energy is behind the application to the government for the 104 mega-watt network of turbines on the Fasque and Glendye Estates, north of Edzell. Councillors were in full agreement . . . Complete story »

February 3, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Pressure on Scottish Ministers to release Cockenzie site report

Pressure is being piled on Scottish Ministers to release the findings of a report into controversial plans to build on a prime coastal site. The Scottish Government called in a planning application to build a substation on the former Cockenzie Power Station site last March after the land was bought by East Lothian Council. Now, Scottish Conservatives are demanding the findings of the investigation be made public after they were sent to Ministers in private. South of Scotland MSP Michelle . . . Complete story »

January 30, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm near Langholm approved on appeal

A council’s refusal of a wind farm described as “overly prominent and overwhelming” by officials has been overturned on appeal. A Scottish government reporter concluded the 12-turbine Hopsrig scheme near Langholm was “appropriate in scale and character to its setting”. Dumfries and Galloway Council rejected the project due to concerns about its impact on the Eskdale valley. However, it can now go ahead with a string of conditions attached. The companies behind the scheme – Buccleuch and renewable energy firm . . . Complete story »

January 29, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners band together in Moray to save natural wilderness from wind farm developments

Campaigners in Moray have teamed up to curb the amount of wind farm developments in the region. More than half of the major projects across the country currently with planning applications submitted to the Scottish Government are in the north and north-east. Now Mark Holdsworth, who runs a travel firm from his home in Dallas near Forres, has formed the Save Wild Moray action group with others to warn of the effects of over development from the renewable technology. More . . . Complete story »

January 29, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Councillors approve Overhill Wind Farm

A last-minute legal challenge failed to prevent councillors giving the green light to to the planned Overhill Wind Farm. The 10-turbine development between New Cumnock and Dalmellington had received over 800 objections but East Ayrshire Council’s planning committee was happy to see it go ahead with more than 40 conditions attached. Local resident Jerry Mulders challenged the competency of the application as a result of “salami slicing” the process with separate applications for the wind turbines and the connections to . . . Complete story »

January 25, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Perth Aviva wind turbine plan blocked by Perth and Kinross Council

A major Perth employer has said it is “disappointed” council staff have blocked its plan to use a 77-metre high wind turbine to part-power its headquarters. Bosses at insurance giants Aviva say they are now considering their “next steps” after an application filed last September was refused by planning officers. If it had been approved, the structure – which would have been the height of more than 17 double decker buses – would have dominated the Perth skyline. The company, . . . Complete story »

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