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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.

November 15, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Giant windfarm plan for outskirts of Largs sparks Roman road row

Plans to construct giant wind turbines in the hills between Largs and Skelmorlie have been revealed. Concerned community councillors discovered the proposal for the string of 150m structures between Outerwards Farm and the south east of Skelmorlie while look into the apparent disappearance of what they say is a historic Roman road from the plans. Chairperson Helen Boyle says they have now called on North Ayrshire Council to step in and investigate. She said: “It has come to our attention . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Approval for development near Carsphairn that community council claims is “ill-considered, inconsiderate and entirely inappropriate”

Plans for a development near Carsphairn described as “ill-considered, inconsiderate and entirely inappropriate” have been approved. Windy Rig Wind Farm Ltd has been given permission to create a “layover” area to the south of the village to help transfer material to the windfarm site nearby. Councillors approved the proposal at the planning applications committee on Thursday, despite Dee and Glenkens Councillor Pauline Drysdale calling for a site visit. A report by case officer Andrew Robison revealed the proposed site near . . . Complete story »

November 14, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

End of the road for Helmsdale mini windfarm plan

A last-ditch attempt by a Helmsdale landowner to erect five 125m high turbines on his land, has failed. Highland Council in March rejected a planning application from Navidale Estate owner Phil Davidson to install the turbines on an elevated site 3290 metres to the north east of the Church of Scotland at West Helmsdale. Among councillors who objected was East Sutherland and Edderton representative Richard Gale. Mr Davidson appealed the decision but now Scottish Government reporter Keith Bray has turned . . . Complete story »

November 13, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Protest planned against seven additional wind turbines at Limekiln

Plans for an extra seven turbines at Limekiln – the wind farm development close to Reay which has already been the subject of two public inquiries – have met with widespread opposition. Campaigners are organising a protest next week aimed to coincide with the first of two open days being held in the village by developers Infinergy and Boralex. Brenda Herrick, of Caithness Windfarm Information Forum, said: “Local people are absolutely furious. We knew they were proposing two consultation meetings . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Trump firm settles legal bill over Scottish windfarm dispute

The Trump Organization has settled a £225,000 legal bill with the Scottish government after it lost a long court battle against a windfarm near its Aberdeenshire golf course. The Scottish government said Donald Trump’s family firm had agreed to pay its legal fees before a dispute over those costs went to adjudication by a court-appointed auditor. The Guardian revealed last month that the government had accused the Trump Organization of refusing to pay its legal costs despite a court order . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Expansion plans for Moray wind farm scaled back following local feedback

A wind farm developer has scaled back plans for a turbine extension in Moray following community feedback. Statkraft had initially intended to build 10 additional towers at their Berry Burn project south of Forres. However, now the developer has revised the plans to nine turbines – which will remain up to 490ft tall to the blade tip. Yesterday the firm announced the reduction following “extensive site studies” and feedback from locals. Project manager Mícheál Ó Broin said: “Since our last . . . Complete story »

November 11, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm developers plan more turbines even before construction on controversial site begins

Wind farm developers have sparked fury after revealing plans to extend a controversial Highland development – which has gone through two public inquiries – before construction even begins. Infinergy and Boralex are preparing to erect 21 turbines on a forested area just south of Reay in Caithness after securing planning consent from Scottish ministers at the second time of asking. But the joint venture partners have also been finalising a proposal to build up to seven more turbines on an . . . Complete story »

November 11, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Contractor in hot water for ‘mistakenly’ underpaying workers at giant Scottish wind project

An asset integrity firm with bases in Aberdeen has come under fire for claiming it “unintentionally” underpaid workers at a giant Scottish wind farm project. Dutch firm Fugro Marine was contracted for survey work by SSE Renewables at the site of its 114-turbine Seagreen wind project planned off the coast of Montrose. Contracts seen by Energy Voice show a number of non-EU workers hired on Fugro vessels were paid less than the National Minimum Wage while working in UK waters. . . . Complete story »

November 8, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Go-ahead given for 11 giant turbines at Gordonbush

The operator of an existing East Sutherland windfarm has been granted consent to extend it by 11 much taller turbines than the 35 already on site. Gordonbush windfarm, located some 12km north west of Brora, came on stream in 2012 with its turbines measuring 110m to blade tip. In 2017 operators SSE Renwables successfully applied for planning consent for a 15-turbine extension. Planners were told that 12 of these turbines would have a maximum tip height of 130m, whilst the . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Mochrum Fell Wind Farm developers seek backing for taller turbines

Developers behind a controversial Glenkens windfarm want to build taller turbines. Mochrum Fell Wind Farm was given approval by the Scottish Government in 2016 – despite councillors rejecting the plans after more than 600 people objected. The move meant Falck Renewables had permission to build eight turbines at 126.5m tall at the site near Parton. However, they now want to amend the scheme to build seven, 150m tall turbines and are putting their revised proposals on public display over the next . . . Complete story »

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