Wind Power News: Scotland
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The Scottish government has approved 18 turbines in southern Scotland despite fears over their impact on the landscape around Loch Doon. E.On has been given consent – with conditions – for the development near Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway. Dumfries and Galloway Council, East Ayrshire Council and Scottish Natural Heritage all voiced concern about the effect on the nearby loch. The Scottish government said steps had been taken to mitigate the impact. The turbines of the Benbrack project will be . . .
Wind farm developers are hoping a fresh bid for a site near Ashkirk will fly beneath the radar this time. An initial application for Barrel Law was turned down by Scottish Borders Council due to fears the eight turbines would interfere with RAF detection systems. The Ministry of Defence’s objection on grounds of possible interference with radar at RAF Spadeadam and seismic monitoring at Eskdalemuir was upheld by planners. An appeal by ABO Wind UK was later turned down by . . .
A seminar on ‘Wind Turbine Noise’ is taking place at the Radisson Blu in Argyle Street, Glasgow on Friday September 22 at 7pm. World renowned researcher and doctor Professor Mariana Alves-Pereira is the main speaker and academics from Australia and other countries will be attending. The wind industry is also sending delegates. As appeared in last week’s ‘News’. the North Ayrshire planning committee opposed SSE’s two year extension for Hunterston’s turbine facility, due to it being ‘contrary to planning policy’ . . .
A renewed bid is being made to build a wind farm on a site previously rejected amid fears it would interfere with RAF radar systems. Scottish Borders Council turned down the plan for eight turbines at Barrel Law near Roberton in 2013. The Ministry of Defence had objected due to possible interference with radar at RAF Spadeadam and seismic monitoring at Eskdalemuir. A fresh application – for seven turbines – has now been lodged. The previous application by ABO Wind . . .
Romans who once bridged the Clyde have helped rural Clydesdale residents in their battle against a wind farm. Councillors have turned down plans for a wind farm at Little Gill, Abington, partly because it would affect the setting of a Roman fortlet at the foot of Wandel Hill, close to where its builders once controlled the crossing of the River Clyde. Detailed plans, by Priestgill Wind Farm, with Muirhall Energy as agent, attracted 70 letters of objection and 83 in . . .
An energy giant’s bid to pile more windmills into scenic South Ayrshire has been blown off course. Villagers in Dailly have scored a victory in their attempts to protect the village from another onslaught. Power firm SSE were refused plans for a 22-turbine windfarm at Hadyard Hill. Council planner John Esslemont said the 413-foot masts would unleash “wide visual impacts” if given the green light. The hills already house 52 turbines, erected in 2006, and power firms are keen to . . .
Highland councillors are being steered by their officials to “raise no objection” to a Caithness wind farm – despite a 500-plus signature petition against the scheme. That number objected to the latest Caithness proposal by Eon for the Golticlay site near Lybster. Members of the north planning committee will be consulted on Tuesday as part of a process that will ultimately be decided by Scottish Government ministers due to the scale of the scheme. “Up to 19” turbines, each up . . .
The reprimand follows a series of court cases in which those opposing controversial developments have been faced with massive legal costs. Last year John Muir Trust, which protects wild land, had to give up on appealing against a 67-turbine wind farm at Stronelairg near Fort Augustus to avoid legal bills of up to £500,000.
South Ayrshire Council have objected to plans to extend a wind farm near Dailly. And now the final decision will rest with the Scottish Government. The council opposed the building of 22 turbines at the existing Hadyard Hill wind farm, near Dailly and Barr. It became operational in 2006 and already contains 52 turbines. The original plan was for just 31. The proposed plan would be for the turbines to stand at a maximum height of 126.5m. At the Regulatory . . .
The owners of the UK’s last aluminium smelter plans to install up to 54 wind turbines at a site in the Highlands. The wind farm proposed for Glenshero, near Laggan, would supply electricity for GFG Alliance’s Lochaber Smelter near Fort William. The scheme would also provide power for Motherwell’s Dalzell steel mills run by Liberty, which with another company SIMEC forms GFG Alliance. If the farm goes ahead, steel for the turbines would be rolled in Motherwell. As well as . . .