March 24, 2012

Turbine plan sparks outrage 24 March 2012

Furious householders are in a spin amid fears planning bosses will approve a monster 50 metre wind turbine on green belt land.

Incensed householders in Uplawmoor are up in arms that councillors will recommended approval even though the gigantic structure will dominate the landscape for miles around.

This week’s planning meeting will also see council officials ready to grant the green light to two other 20 metre tall turbines at East Uplaw farm, despite receiving 33 objections.

But it’s the bid by developer ER Renewables to build the towering turbine at South Uplaw Farm which is driving residents round the bend.

Uplawmoor Council members told the Barrhead News it’s “madness” to place a huge turbine on top of a hill overlooking the village.

And they say – when added to three smaller turbines nearby, with the possibility of more from the proposed Neilston Wind Farm – the area’s rural character will be destroyed.

The Uplawmoor Wind Farm Protest Group says councillors are being fed bogus information in an environmental report which claims the mast site is “a working farm”.

They say it’s nothing of the sort, and that a “yes” decision will simply turn farmland into an industrial plant, and argue “the community will gain nothing from the granting of this application”.

A spokeswoman said: “It’s against current policy, because in allowing turbines they’re supposed to ensure ‘the viability of important agricultural land is not prejudiced’.”

Scottish Natural Heritage has voiced concern that the entire south side of Glasgow will be soon be encircled with wind turbine developments, “giving rise to a catastrophic visual and environmental impact”.

The objectors also claim no details have appeared to explain how the structure will be connected to the national grid – which must involve further industrial work – and that the racket from turbines in the area will soon become unbearable.

With 17 turbines already approved objectors say the 50-metre monster is a mast too far – and want to see a freeze on new turbine developments.

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