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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

September 4, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Council committee objects to Hadyard Hill extension

SSE Renewables says it is ‘disappointed’ by the decision of South Ayrshire’s Regulatory Panel to recommend refusal to an application to build an extension to the existing Hadyard Hill wind farm. The site, located 7km south west of Girvan, would be an extension to the 52 turbine Hadyard Hill wind farm which became operational in 2006. Hadyard Hill’s 22 turine extension was estimated to contribute £57.4 million to the Scottish economy and support 35 jobs through operation and maintenance at . . .

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September 3, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Aristocrat Buccleuch’s windfarm plan risks unearthing lead contamination

A plan by the Duke of Buccleuch to build a large wind farm in southwest Scotland is facing fierce opposition from local residents and politicians across the political divide. Erecting 35 wind turbines on the hillsides between Sanquhar and Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway will wreck the landscape, risk unearthing contamination from old lead mines and undermine plans for a community land buy-out, they say. The accusations are denied by the Buccleuch estate, which says it has reduced the visual . . .

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September 2, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Legal challenge against new ‘wild land’ wind farm refused

Countryside campaigners who sought judicial review of a decision to approve plans for a new wind farm in a designated “wild land” area have had their legal challenge dismissed. Danish billionaire and landowner Anders Povlsen, director of Wildland Limited, which owns the Ben Loyal, Kinloch and Hope and Melness estates, lodged a petition seeking to reduce a decision of the Scottish Ministers to grant consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 and deemed planning consent under section 57(2) . . .

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September 2, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

North Ayrshire Council turbine ‘refusal’

SSE’s appeal to Scottish Ministers regarding a two year extension to their turbine development resulted in North Ayrshire Council being no longer able to determine the application. At last Wednesday’s planning committee meeting, the committee were instead asked to form an opinion on the merits of the case, to form the basis of the council’s evidence, to be presented to the Scottish Ministers. The committee unanimously refused to back the application due to it being ‘contrary to planning policy’ and . . .

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September 1, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Protect wild land’ say mountaineers, after Creag Riabhach windfarm ruling

Mountaineering Scotland has called for better protection for the nation’s wild land after a court rejected a challenge to a windfarm development. The representative body for hillwalkers, climbers and mountaineers north of the border said the ruling would degrade the landscape in the far north of Scotland. The Court of Session said Scottish ministers acted lawfully in approving the plans for a windfarm at Creag Riabhach on the Altnaharra Estate in Sutherland. Wildland Ltd and the Welbeck Estates brought the . . .

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September 1, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Aberdeenshire firm has planning permission [denial] overturned for Caithness windfarm

Aberdeen-based renewables firm, Muirden Energy, has had their planning permission application [denial] overturned on appeal for a proposed Caithness windfarm. The 36MW Cogle Moss site in the Scottish Highlands was objected to by locals and The Scottish Wildlife Trust who stated a stong objection over the potential ‘fragmentation of important species, habitats or ecoststems’. The application was most recently denied planning permission in January 2017. That decision has now been overturned by government officials. Cogle Moss will include of 12 . . .

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August 31, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wild land areas call issued after wind farm legal challenge fails

Campaigners are calling on the Scottish Government to strengthen protection for wild land areas after a legal challenge against a wind farm in the Highlands failed. The 22-turbine Creag Riabhach development on the Altnaharra estate, near Lairg, will have five turbines in an area designated as wild land. Danish businessman Anders Povlsen, whose Wildland Ltd owns neighbouring estates, challenged the Scottish ministers’ decision to grant consent for the wind farm. His case in the Court of Session claimed ministers failed . . .

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August 31, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Green light for Altnaharra wind farm; Consent for 22 turbine wind farm in central Sutherland

The result of the Judicial Review into Creag Riabhach Wind Farm at Altnaharra was announced today with Lord Boyd of Duncansby ruling to uphold Scottish Ministers’ decision to consent the project. The wind farm will consist of 22 turbines, with a total generating capacity of 72.6MW, enough to supply around 50,000 homes. The result of the judicial review comes after Scottish Ministers granted consent in October 2016, on the basis that the project would make an important contribution to climate . . .

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August 31, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Danish billionaire loses battle to block Highland windfarm

A Danish billionaire has lost his fight against the Scottish Government over a major windfarm which threatens the view from his Highland estate. Anders Povlsen had sought a judicial review through his company Wildland into the decision to allow a controversial windfarm in Sutherland. But the Court of Session has now refused the request to have the decision set aside. Mr Povlsen is furious over the Scottish Government giving permission for the windfarm on the Altnaharra estate, owned by Jim . . .

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August 31, 2017 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind gravy train

What a disturbing read your article of 25 August “Support needed to help wind farms flourish” was. The author didn’t gloss over the impact of industrial wind on unwilling communities or the astronomical consumer-funded constraint payments made to operators to turn off turbines because of the SNP’S reckless over deployment of wind. He didn’t even mention it! Some £336,000,000 in constraints has been paid out at the time of writing – an increase of £8,000,000 in 15 days. The majority . . .

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