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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.

August 22, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Argyll wind farm plan fails to gain backing

Plans for a 17-turbine wind farm in Argyll failed to gain the support of local councillors yesterday who feared it would have a detrimental impact on peat resources in the area. Argyll and Bute Council was asked to respond to a Scottish Government consultation on the proposal by Coriolis Energy. Blarghour Wind Farm is proposed to be situated between Loch Awe and Loch Fyne, just under five miles north west of Inveraray. The turbines would be visible from the villages . . . Complete story »

August 21, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Council U-turn gives go-ahead to Aviva wind turbine becoming one of Perth’s most visible features

Overturning a bid to block a 77-metre wind turbine in Perth is a step towards prioritising the planet, councillors have said. Perth and Kinross Council’s planning and development management committee rejected proposals for the towering turbine at Aviva headquarters earlier this year. With a 25-year lifespan, the £3 million turbine, which would power half of the Cherrybank complex’s energy needs, was refused on the grounds that it would spoil residents’ living conditions 350m away, as well as causing noise and . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Argyll planning officials raise concerns over planned new wind farm

Councillors are being recommended to object to a proposed 17-turbine wind farm near Inveraray in Argyll when its planning committee meets tomorrow. Argyll and Bute Council is being asked to respond to a Scottish Government consultation on behalf of Coriolis Energy. The site of Blarghour Wind Farm is 4.35 miles north west of Inveraray and the turbines would be visible from the villages of Dalavich and Inverinan. Turbines would be a maximum ground-to-tip height of 447ft and there would be . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for Bonhill windfarm hit snag after developer pulls out

Plans for a council-run windfarm in Bonhill have hit a snag after a developer pulled out. West Dunbartonshire Council has ambitions to build its own wind farm at Pappert Community Woodland, with a private developer building another on land adjacent to the council owned site. Lomond Energy was set to create the development but the firm has now pulled out. Council chiefs are now in discussions with a new developer who is considering a similar but “potentially greater scale scheme . . . Complete story »

August 12, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Caithness farmers claim noise from surrounding wind farms is making them ill

A couple who farm within sight of two Caithness windfarms say their health is being compromised by the constant noise of turbines. Hamish and Lesley Ritchie keep around 170 sheep on rough grazing at Achaguie Farm, Scotscalder. They are within earshot of 42 wind turbines – 21 at Causeymire and 21 at Baillie, near Reay. A further 21 turbines have been approved in the same area, for a site at Limekiln. The couple say that the “whooshing” sound of the . . . Complete story »

August 9, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Hearing held over Barrel Law wind farm plans

A hearing has been held by Scottish Government officials to discuss the proposed new wind farm at Barrel Law, near Hawick. In September, plans for an £8m wind farm were rejected by Scottish Borders councillors. The proposal would have seen seven turbines, of up to 132m in height, erected on land to the north-west of Roberton, near Hawick. The company behind the plans, Germany-based ABO Wind, then submitted an appeal to the Scottish Government’s planning and environmental appeals division (DPEA). . . . Complete story »

August 8, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm rejection must put pylon plans on hold, say campaigners

Power giant SSE must put pylon plans for Dalmally on hold, say campaigners, now that Scottish ministers have turned down a new windfarm just 10 miles away on grounds it would spoil the view. No More Pylons in Dalmally say the ministers’ decision that the 18 wind turbines would have significantly impacted North Argyll’s natural beauty and panoramic quality must now alter Scottish and Southern Energy’s position on wanting to put a new power line through Dalmally to Stronmilchan sub-station. . . . Complete story »

August 1, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Councillor expresses lack of faith over ‘scandal’ approval of wind farm development in Caithness

A Highland councillor yesterday expressed his lack of faith in Scottish Government planners over their decision to grant planning permission to a controversial wind farm development in Caithness. Councillor Donnie Mackay, vice chairman of the North Planning Applications Committee, delivered the scathing view after the committee was delivered the findings of the public inquiries held into the developments at Limekiln and Drum Hollistan, near to the village of Reay. Mr Mackay made the remarks as the committee meeting drew to . . . Complete story »

July 30, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns raised over impact of proposed Yell wind farm

Plansfor a 29-turbine wind farm in Yell have received objections from a number of organisations, including the island’s community council and Shetland Amenity Trust. Yell Community Council said it objected to current plans for the Energy Isles wind farm, which would be located west of Cullivoe, on the grounds of noise level and environmental and visual impact, as well as the height and number of turbines. The consortium behind the proposals for the Energy Isles development submitted a planning application . . . Complete story »

July 30, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Union hits out as SSE’s £2.5bn wind farm opens

Perth-based SSE Renewables yesterday said its landmark Beatrice wind farm development has “paved the way” for more renewables developments in Scotland. The Duke of Rothesay officially opened Beatrice, Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm, in Wick yesterday. The 84 turbine scheme, situated in the North Sea, was constructed at a cost of £2.5 billion – the largest ever single private investment in Scotland. SSE Renewables managing director Jim Smith said the project will save millions of tonnes of carbon emissions over . . . Complete story »

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