[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Get weekly updates

when your community is targeted


RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Paypal

Donate via Stripe

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

No halt in sight yet for Fife’s windfarm deluge 

Credit:  Aileen Robertson | The Courier | 11 August 2012 ~~

The leader of Fife Council says he is disappointed the Scottish Government rejected his call for a moratorium on wind turbines.

Fife is being hit by a deluge of planning applications for turbines as the Scottish Government aims to meet renewable energy targets.

Councillor Alex Rowley wrote to planning minister Derek Mackay in the hope the council could be given some breathing space from turbine applications until the worries of Fife communities were considered.

He said: “I am disappointed that the Scottish Government has not supported Fife’s request for a temporary moratorium on determining major onshore wind planning applications.

“I believe our request was reasonable to allow us to review our policies without the short-term pressure of having to determine complex applications during the review period.

“Moray Council made a similar request and I understand this has also been turned down.

“Fife will now proceed with its consultation on a review of our onshore wind planning policies.

“This reinforces our commitment to protecting Fife communities from the impact of excessive onshore windfarm development.”

He added: “In response to my letter, the planning minister Derek Mackay has offered a meeting between Scottish Government and Fife Council officials to discuss what further support the Scottish Government might provide.

“I believe this is a helpful route to continue dialogue on this matter.”

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “Scotland has massive green energy potential, with one of the best resources in Europe.

“The industry is already delivering thousands of new jobs and securing billions of pounds of investment in our economy in communities across Scotland, including Fife.

“We are considering further ways of supporting planning authorities in dealing with their renewables workloads.

“We do not believe a moratorium on wind turbine applications is appropriate.

“It would simply cause undue delay and uncertainty for everyone involved in applications.

“Development proposals should be accompanied by appropriate levels of supporting information and appraisals and unsuitable developments should be refused.”

Source:  Aileen Robertson | The Courier | 11 August 2012

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
   Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)
Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)


e-mail X FB LI TG TG Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook

Wind Watch on Linked In Wind Watch on Mastodon