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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.


April 9, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Bid for North Lowther windfarm scheme in Dumfries and Galloway could be subject of judicial review

A legal challenge is set to be the fresh twist in a controversial windfarm saga stretching back to 2017. The company behind the North Lowther scheme is mounting a court bid for judicial review of Scottish Ministers’ reasoning in refusing the proposal in January. Original plans tabled in 2017 earmarked the site north-west of Wanlockhead and close to the northern ridge of the scenic Mennock Pass for 35 wind turbines towering up to 149 metres in height. But the bid, . . . Complete story »


April 8, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Landowner’s pledge over Kintradwell Wind Farm: ‘If it goes ahead, then I will apply for one too’

A Sutherland landowner has given notice that if the controversial Kintradwell Wind Farm gets the go-ahead, then he too will be seeking consent for a similar development nearby. Michael Dudgeon of Crakaig Farm, was speaking at a extraordinary general meeting of Brora Community Council, held on Tuesday to gauge local feeling towards the 15-turbine turbine wind farm to be located just under five miles to the north west of the village. Mr Dudgeon, whose land at Crakaig neighbours Kintradwell Estate, . . . Complete story »


April 8, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Protest grows over Kintradwell Wind Farm

Planners have received a deluge of objections to the planned 15-turbine Kintradwell Wind Farm. A check of the authority’s e-planning site today shows that 104 public representations have been made. All of the comments lodged are against the proposed development which would be sited in close proximity to Brora on Kintradwell Estate, owned by John Billett. Many regular visitors to Brora have written in. Objector Valerie Parson wrote that she was “horrified and shocked” at the plan. “The impact on . . . Complete story »


April 8, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scotland Against Spin campaign

Campaign group Scotland against Spin (SAS) has submitted a petition to the Scottish Parliament, calling for greater powers for local communities faced with increasing numbers of industrial scale wind farms. Founded in 2013, SAS is an independent, non political alliance which campaigns for the reform of the Scottish Government’s wind energy policies. Run by volunteers from across Scotland, it is funded entirely by voluntary donations. Its large and growing membership includes people from all over Europe. Due to the rapid . . . Complete story »


April 8, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Skelmorlie windfarm firm ‘to consider next move’ after council rejects proposal

The firm behind a failed plan to erect 150m-tall wind turbines in the countryside have branded the rebuff a ‘missed opportunity’ to create jobs and tackle climate change. Councillors unanimously rejected the development at Rigghill, south east of Skelmorlie, after it was found to be in breach of 10 policies within a local development plan. There were also concerns raised about the impact on tourism, land around Clyde Muirshiel Park and archaeological issues. All of the community councils in the . . . Complete story »


April 7, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Growing risk of 21st-century Caithness clearances in wake of Golticlay decision, councillor claims

A Highland councillor has claimed there is a growing risk of a “21st-century Caithness clearances” following the Scottish Government’s decision to approve a wind farm that had generated widespread local opposition. Councillor Matthew Reiss accused government ministers of “riding roughshod” over the wishes of the community by giving consent for the 19-turbine Golticlay Wind Farm near Lybster and of “violating our unique and diverse landscape”. Highland Council objected to the Golticlay plan in September 2017, saying it would have “a . . . Complete story »


April 4, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Councillors add to concern over how community’s views on wind farm working hours were dealt with

A number of SIC councillors have expressed frustration with the way the local planning authority is responding – or not, as the case may be – to community concerns over the Viking Energy construction project. In a series of e-mails seen by Shetland News, councillors regularly attending meetings of the Tingwall, Whiteness and Weisdale community council (TWWCC) expressed disappointment over how the group’s concerns were handled – with one saying they sometimes feel “very embarrassed” attending these meetings and being . . . Complete story »


April 4, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Decision taken on ‘giant windfarm’ plan after surprise local plan ‘contraventions’ revealed to meeting

A plan to erect a string of 150m high wind turbines between Largs and Skelmorlie has been rejected by council planners – after a meeting heard it breached TEN policies in the local development plan. Rigghill Windfarm Ltd were looking to build 10 wind turbines with a maximum blade tip height of 149.9m approximately one kilometre south east of Skelmorlie. But protestors finally won their battle to have the proposal scrapped after a two-hour planning meeting on Monday. Skelmorlie Community . . . Complete story »


April 3, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Decision on ‘giant windfarm’ after surprise local plan ‘contraventions’ revealed to meeting

A controversial plan for 150m high wind turbines in the countryside has been rejected by council planners – after a meeting heard it breached 10 policies in the local development plan. Rigghill Windfarm Ltd were looking to build 10 wind turbines around one kilometre south east of Skelmorlie. But protestors finally won their battle to have the proposal scrapped after a marathon two-hour planning meeting. Skelmorlie Community Council chairman Helen Boyle pleaded with councillors to refuse the application. She said: . . . Complete story »


April 3, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Giant onshore wind turbines coming to Scotland as part of new environmental efforts

A new generation of giant onshore wind turbines, almost as tall as the Eiffel Tower, is heading for Scotland as efforts to achieve green energy targets are stepped up, according to a firm of property experts. Galbraith is in negotiations with a number of developers about installing machines that would stand around 820ft from the ground to the tip of their blades at Scottish and English sites. More than twice the height of most of the first generation of turbines . . . Complete story »


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