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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

May 27, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Deal struck to allow cabling from Scotland’s biggest windfarm under world-famous Carnoustie links

A deal has been struck to allow part of Carnoustie’s world-famous golf links to be used for cabling from what will become Scotland’s largest offshore windfarm. Angus Council and Carnoustie Golf Links have dropped their objections to a compulsory purchase order made by Seagreen for its £6billion, 120-turbine development around 15 miles off the county’s coast. The objections had been due for consideration in a three-day Scottish Government hearing scheduled for next month. They centred around concern over the project’s . . . Complete story »

May 25, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

East Renfrewshire doesn’t need any more wind turbines, says Scotland Against Spin

A campaign group has spoken out against plans for more wind turbines in East Renfrewshire. Scotland Against Spin – an independent alliance campaigning for the reform of what it says is the Scottish Government’s unsustainable wind energy policy – says East Renfrewshire already has way more than its fair share of wind turbines. Plans were submitted last month by Moorshield Wind Farm Ltd for the erection of three 81m high wind turbines, together with sub-station/control building and access tracks, on . . . Complete story »

May 25, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Developers answer safety concerns over huge windfarm proposal

The developers of a massive new wind farm between Largs and Skelmorlie says there is no risk to communities after concerns were raised over low level infrasound noise. Formal plans have now been unveiled with 150m high turbines between Largs and Skelmorlie – sparking concern from Skelmorlie Community Council and Cllr. Ian Murdoch. Skelmorlie Community Council have put in an objection to planners citing up-to-date evidence from the World Health Organisation. The proposed development of 10 wind turbines could power . . . Complete story »

May 21, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Concern over planning system as extension is sought to 21-turbine Limekiln wind farm

Caithness councillor Matthew Reiss is worried about a “profoundly undemocratic” aspect of the planning system that apparently allows energy firms to plan a new wind farm but call it an extension of an existing one. He fears it could lead to wind farm planning decisions being taken out of the hands of Highland Council and other local authorities, as developments above 50 megawatts are determined by Scottish Government ministers under Section 36 of the Electricity Act. Councillor Reiss, who represents . . . Complete story »

May 21, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Inquiry date into major wind farm in Badenoch wilds is set

A Public Local Inquiry into a major wind farm in the wilds of Badenoch is due to be held towards the end of this year. Highland Council raised an objection to SIMEC’s proposed development at Glenshero in the Monadhliath hills in October, last year. The inquiry has been set for November, it is revealed in an update on major projects to the local authority’s South Planning Applications committee ahead of its meeting on Tuesday. The report states: “The DPEA (Planning . . . Complete story »

May 20, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Forestry firm defends land clearance for ‘controversial’ Caithness onshore wind farm

A Perthshire forestry firm has defended its decision to start clearing land to make way for a controversial Caithness wind farm. It follows concern raised by a local community councillor that the felling on the outskirts of Reay is breaching Scottish Government coronavirus guidelines. A dozen-strong squad from Crieff-based RTS Ltd has begun felling trees at Limekiln where Infinergy has planning consent to erect 15 turbines. Caithness West Community Councillor David Craig sounded the alarm after he saw the work . . . Complete story »

May 20, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Online public inquiry to consider Carnoustie golf links compulsory purchase battle

A three-day online public inquiry will take place over the planned compulsory purchase of land, which includes part of Carnoustie’s famous golf links, for work associated with what will become Scotland’s biggest offshore windfarm. Cables from the near-£6billion Seagreen development off the Angus coast are due to make land at the Angus town and be run underground to a substation near Tealing. Landowner Angus Council and Carnoustie Golf Links are continuing to fight energy giant SSE’s use of compulsory purchase . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm suffers blade damage

Damage has been identified on the blades of two turbines at the Minsca windfarm near Waterbeck. And operators Ventient Energy this week confirmed replacement blades will be needed. It comes after surveyors were spotted near the village looking at road routes to the windfarm. Ventient explained their transport surveyors are currently exploring alternatives routes to transport the new blades to site. A spokeswoman said: “The periodic maintenance of the fleet had identified the need for blades replacements on two turbines . . . Complete story »

May 11, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Moray Tories voice fears over planning scrutiny

Moray Conservatives have raised fears that contentious planning proposals could be approved without proper scrutiny while councils operate under emergency powers. Councillor Claire Feaver (Forres), a member of Moray Council’s planning committee, has voiced concerns over changes in the way communities are consulted for large-scale proposals, such as windfarms. She is concerned that important planning decisions may not face the usual scrutiny as the whole process is currently being undertaken online and committee meetings are on hold. Cllr Feaver said: . . . Complete story »

May 9, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

New plans for wind turbines in East Renfrewshire as applicant tries again

Plans have been drawn up for three wind turbines on land to the south west of Eaglesham by an applicant who had a previous bid to create a wind farm turned down. Moorshield Wind Farm Ltd has submitted an application to East Renfrewshire Council for the erection of three 81m high wind turbines, together with sub-station/control building and access tracks, on land to the east of Shieldhill Farm, off Ayr Road, Loganswell. The applicant previously sought permission to create Soame . . . Complete story »

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