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Third of turbine applications overturned by ‘wind obsessed’ SNP

30 Dec 2012

Ruth Davidson MSP

A third of wind applications initially rejected by councils are later given the go-ahead by the SNP, research by the Scottish Conservatives has revealed.

The Scottish Government, which wants to provide 100 per cent of energy from renewable sources, has over-ruled local authorities on 20 occasions since January on windfarm and wind turbine applications.

This is despite significant concern from communities across Scotland about the impact of turbines, and fears from local authorities about the effect they are having on the countryside.

It is yet another indication of the SNP’s desire to build more windfarms across Scotland, even though there is significant scepticism surrounding their productivity.

Since the beginning of January, 63 appeals have been made to the Scottish Government after councils rejected the initial submissions, with 43 being rejected and 20 waved through.

In November, the Scottish Conservatives revealed the SNP approves 83 per of major windfarm applications which are considered too large for councils to deal with.

Since the SNP came to power, there has been an average of five windfarm applications every day.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP said:

“When local authorities turn down applications for windfarms or wind turbines, it is for good reason.

“Either planning officials will have concerns over their visual effect or communities fear the impact on their doorstep.

“Often it is a combination of both, but on a third of occasions this year that hasn’t stopped the Scottish Government pushing them through anyway.

“The SNP’s obsession with wind power cannot be allowed to damage hillsides and ridges across Scotland.

“We have always said appropriately sited windfarms can play a role in a mixed energy source environment.

“Instead, Alex Salmond is pouring all his eggs into the wind energy basket – a source that has been found to be unreliable and intermittent, not to mention hugely unpopular with the general public.

“Councils are best placed to know what is best for their areas, and it’s time the Scottish Government started respecting their positions and decisions.”

 

 

Below is a list of windfarm and wind turbine appeals made against council planning decisions in 2012. All are available through this website:
www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk
 
Appeals approved:
 
Inverallochy, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire – July
Scotston, Ellon, Aberdeenshire – April
South Uist, Western Isles – January
Near Glenluce, Dumfries and Galloway – March
Glenluce, Dumfries and Galloway – July
Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway – June
Closeburn, Dumfries and Galloway – August
Creetown, Dumfries and Galloway – October
Cockburnspath, East Lothian – September
Dunbar, East Lothian – September
East Linton, East Lothian – December
Neilston, East Renfrewshire – July
Larbert, Falkirk – June
Stoneridge, Falkirk – November
Newington, nr Cupar, Fife – April
Anstruther, Fife – August
Nr Tomatin, Highland – February
Kilmacolm, Inverclyde – February
Keith, Moray – August
Rothes, Moray – November
 
Appeals dismissed:
 
Cuminestown, Turiff, Aberdeenshire – January
Rothiemay, Huntly, Aberdeenshire – January
Oldmeldrum, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire – June
Pitmedden, Ellon, Aberdeenshire – September
Tarves, Ellon, Aberdeenshire – October
Ruthven, Huntly, Aberdeenshire – December
Finavon, Forfar, Angus – October
Nr Southend, Argyll and Bute – January
Isle of Mull, Argyll and Bute – August
Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway – April
Lochfoot, Dumfries and Galloway – May
Kirkgunzeon, Dumfries and Galloway – May
Creetown, Dumfries and Galloway – July
Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway – August
Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway – July
Nr Dalbeatte, Dumfries and Galloway – August
Nr Lugton, East Ayrshire – September
Haddington, East Lothian – May
Eaglesham, East Renfrewshire – December
Crombie, Dunfermline, Fife – January
Newburgh, Fife – January
Gauldry, Fife – March
Balmeadowside, nr Cupar, Fife – May
Largoward, Fife – September
Newburgh, Fife – June
Nr Dunfermline, Fife – September
Cupar, Fife – October
Clatto, nr Cupar, Fife – November
Leven, Fife – November
Nr Cupar – November
Nr Arisaig, Highland – February
Forres, Moray – August
Craigellachie, Moray – July
Nr Keith, Moray – November
Nr Keith, Moray – November
Banton, North Lanarkshire – September
Orphir, Orkney – June
Selkirk, Borders – November
Dunsyre, South Lanarkshire – May
Carland Muir, South Lanarkshire – May
Thornhill, Stirling – May
Carron Bridge, Denny, Stirling – November
Linlithgow, West Lothian – May
 
The Scottish Government approves 83 per cent of major windfarms which bypass council decision making:
www.scottishconservatives.com/2012/11/snp-approving-more-than-80-per-cent-of-windfarms/
 
Since 2007, when the SNP came to power, there has been an average of five wind applications a day:
www.scottishconservatives.com/2012/11/five-windfarm-applications-every-day-since-snp-came-to-power/