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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.

September 20, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Crofting Commission rules out townships’ wind aspirations

Crofters in Lewis have had development applications for wind farms on their common grazings rejected this week by the Crofting Commission. The news was revealed in a statement by the Stornoway Trust, who welcomed the long awaited decision from the Crofting Commission, not to consent the Section 50B application submitted by the Grazing Committees of Melbost and Branahuie, Sandwick East Street, and Sandwick North Street. In the judgment issued to each applicant, who had sought consent to establish wind turbines . . . Complete story »

September 18, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Caithness villagers say no to ‘circle of steel’ wind farms

Protesters from the far north coast of Scotland have travelled to Edinburgh to deliver a petition against plans to build two giant wind farms in a region known for its dramatic scenery. Locals fear the schemes, which between them will consist of almost 40 turbines standing up to 140m tall, will have a “devastating” impact on the picturesque village of Reay and the surrounding countryside in Caithness. There are also concerns over the potential threat to important native wildlife, including . . . Complete story »

September 18, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Overwhelming’ Eskdale valley turbine appeal planned

An appeal is to be lodged against the refusal of a wind farm described as “overly prominent and overwhelming” by planning officials. Dumfries and Galloway Council rejected the 12-turbine Hopsrig project near Langholm. Buccleuch Energy director Alan Wilson said that decision was “disappointing” and the company hoped to address concerns in the appeal process. The appeal will be lodged in the coming months. Buccleuch has teamed up with wind farm developer Muirhall Energy to take the scheme forward. Mr Wilson . . . Complete story »

September 6, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Councillor who lobbied against wind farms under investigation by standards watchdog

A Fife councillor who founded an anti-wind farm lobby group is under investigation by the standards commissioner. Councillor Linda Holt was accused of breaching the councillors’ code of conduct by failing to register her involvement with Scotland Against Spin. She was also alleged to have failed to declare it as an interest when taking part in determination of a planning application for a wind turbine. Ms Holt denied she had breached the code which sets out the standards for behaviour . . . Complete story »

September 4, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Borders councillors reject plans for £8m wind farm near Roberton

Plans for an £8m wind farm at Barrel Law, north west of Roberton, have been rejected by councillors. The proposals would have seen seven turbines up to 132m in height erected on land next to the existing Langhope Rig wind farm. The company behind the plans, ABO Wind UK, has faced opposition from residents, community councils and Scottish Borders councillors ever since it first announced its intention to develop the site in 2012. The council’s initial rejection of those plans . . . Complete story »

September 4, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

No plain sailing for Mossy Hill wind farm

Plans for the Mossy Hill wind farm on the outskirts of Lerwick were noted by the town’s community council on Monday night, with no firm motion either for or against the development. Manchester based Peel Energy wants to build 12 turbines with a maximum tip height of 145m on the outskirts of the town after scaling their plans down from 21. Although the turbines would not sit within its ward boundaries, the company’s planning application was raised at Lerwick Community . . . Complete story »

September 4, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Sustainable Shetland objects to Mossy Hill plan

Sustainable Shetland are raising objections to the planned Mossy Hill windfarm. The group alleges “exaggerated claims” have been made to justify the proposed 12 turbines. The proposals came up for discussion during a Lerwick Community Council meeting, with members clashing over the benefits of windfarm installations. A detailed planning statement submitted on behalf of the windfarm went before members at the Monday night meeting. • See this Friday’s Shetland Times for full story. Complete story »

September 3, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Barrel Law wind farm project voted down

Revised plans for a wind farm previously rejected amid fears it would interfere with RAF radar systems have been refused. Scottish Borders Council turned down a bid by ABO Wind for eight turbines at Barrel Law near Roberton in 2013. The local authority had been advised by officials to approve revised plans for seven turbines on the site. However, the council’s planning committee decided to refuse the proposals again by five votes to two. Complete story »

September 3, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Rejected plans for wind farm near Roberton now recommended for approval

A revised bid for an £8m wind farm development originally rejected because of fears it could interfere with Royal Air Force radar systems is now set for approval. Scottish Borders Council threw out a bid by ABO Wind to site eight turbines at Barrel Law, north west of Roberton, in 2013, and an appeal was dismissed the year after. That rejection followed concerns voiced by the Ministry of Defence over possible interference with radar at RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria and . . . Complete story »

August 31, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Costa Head windfarm proposal rejected

An application for a wind farm at Costa Head in the West Mainland has been refused by Orkney Islands Council following a meeting of the Planning Committee, today, Friday. This came after a vote of six votes to two from councillors against the proposal by Hoolan Energy. Councillors Owen Tierney, Kevin Woodbridge, David Dawson, Rob Crichton, Barbara Foulkes and Sandy Cowie voted against the officers’ recommendations to accept the application for Costa Head. Voting or the planning to go ahead . . . Complete story »

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