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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.

April 14, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Another wind farm planned as campaign group says we are at ‘saturation’ point

German-owned firm Energiekontor has applied for Dumfries and Galloway Council for planning permission to build a new wind at Garcrogo. The new development, which would be situated two miles north-west of the village of Corsock, would see the erection of nine wind turbines up to 200m in height and would be operational for 35 years. The renewable energy development company, which has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Leeds has built eight wind farms to date in the UK and is . . . Complete story »

April 14, 2021 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Communities need wind farm voice

The Greens want to upgrade existing wind farms and relax planning restrictions to make it easier to install wind farms. Have they asked rural communities for their opinion? Insensitively-sited wind farms are objected to in droves by local people and councils as well as statutory consultees such as RSPB and Nature Scot, but the Scottish Government ploughs ahead, overturning these democratically-made decisions, and there is no right of appeal for third parties other than through judicial review which is financially . . . Complete story »

April 10, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Golticlay would have been ‘binned’ under fairer planning system, says wind farm pressure group

A pressure group says the decision to approve Golticlay Wind Farm in Caithness underlines the need for reform of Scotland’s planning system to take greater account of local opinion. Scotland Against Spin (SAS) has submitted a public petition to the Scottish Parliament calling for power to be given to local authorities and communities so they can make their own decisions on wind farm applications “and not have them overridden by Scottish ministers”. SAS believes its case has been strengthened by . . . Complete story »

April 9, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Caithness wind farm campaigner challenges First Minister to listen to views of local people

A Caithness wind farm campaigner has challenged Nicola Sturgeon to “put her money where her mouth is” when it comes to listening to the views of local people. Brenda Herrick says communities in the far north and elsewhere in the country “are being ignored and their voices not heard” when it comes to decisions on wind farms. “It is like living in a dictatorship rather than a democracy,” she said. Mrs Herrick, who stays in Castletown, pointed out that last . . . Complete story »

April 9, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scottish Government won’t look again at onshore wind impact on tourism, Caithness councillor is told

A Caithness councillor has been told that the Scottish Government has no plans to look again at whether onshore wind farms are having a negative impact on tourism. At the same time, the government has reiterated that wind energy can have a positive effect on communities through skilled employment and community benefit funding. Councillor Matthew Reiss, who has been calling for further research into the consequences of multiple wind farms, said the response smacked of “complacency and arrogance”. He has . . . Complete story »

April 9, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Bid for North Lowther windfarm scheme in Dumfries and Galloway could be subject of judicial review

A legal challenge is set to be the fresh twist in a controversial windfarm saga stretching back to 2017. The company behind the North Lowther scheme is mounting a court bid for judicial review of Scottish Ministers’ reasoning in refusing the proposal in January. Original plans tabled in 2017 earmarked the site north-west of Wanlockhead and close to the northern ridge of the scenic Mennock Pass for 35 wind turbines towering up to 149 metres in height. But the bid, . . . Complete story »

April 8, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Landowner’s pledge over Kintradwell Wind Farm: ‘If it goes ahead, then I will apply for one too’

A Sutherland landowner has given notice that if the controversial Kintradwell Wind Farm gets the go-ahead, then he too will be seeking consent for a similar development nearby. Michael Dudgeon of Crakaig Farm, was speaking at a extraordinary general meeting of Brora Community Council, held on Tuesday to gauge local feeling towards the 15-turbine turbine wind farm to be located just under five miles to the north west of the village. Mr Dudgeon, whose land at Crakaig neighbours Kintradwell Estate, . . . Complete story »

April 8, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Protest grows over Kintradwell Wind Farm

Planners have received a deluge of objections to the planned 15-turbine Kintradwell Wind Farm. A check of the authority’s e-planning site today shows that 104 public representations have been made. All of the comments lodged are against the proposed development which would be sited in close proximity to Brora on Kintradwell Estate, owned by John Billett. Many regular visitors to Brora have written in. Objector Valerie Parson wrote that she was “horrified and shocked” at the plan. “The impact on . . . Complete story »

April 8, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scotland Against Spin campaign

Campaign group Scotland against Spin (SAS) has submitted a petition to the Scottish Parliament, calling for greater powers for local communities faced with increasing numbers of industrial scale wind farms. Founded in 2013, SAS is an independent, non political alliance which campaigns for the reform of the Scottish Government’s wind energy policies. Run by volunteers from across Scotland, it is funded entirely by voluntary donations. Its large and growing membership includes people from all over Europe. Due to the rapid . . . Complete story »

April 8, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Skelmorlie windfarm firm ‘to consider next move’ after council rejects proposal

The firm behind a failed plan to erect 150m-tall wind turbines in the countryside have branded the rebuff a ‘missed opportunity’ to create jobs and tackle climate change. Councillors unanimously rejected the development at Rigghill, south east of Skelmorlie, after it was found to be in breach of 10 policies within a local development plan. There were also concerns raised about the impact on tourism, land around Clyde Muirshiel Park and archaeological issues. All of the community councils in the . . . Complete story »

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