Telegraph reveals Government pressure on councils to allow more turbines

Google Earth map of Scotland showing wind farm locations using date provided by SNH. © Crown copyright and database right. 2013. All rights reserved.

Google Earth map of Scotland showing wind farm locations using date provided by SNH. © Crown copyright and database right. 2013. All rights reserved.

The lead story in today’s Telegraph reveals that the Government has been telling councils to re-write their draft local planning documents as some were deemed “too negative”. In Dumfries and Galloway, Simon Pallant, a senior Scottish Government planner, suggested areas of “limited potential” for wind farm development should be called “areas of greatest opportunity”. He also complained that some area had “potential constraints”; these included land identified by the RSPB and SNH as bird sensitivity areas and wild land around the Merrick.

Mr Hall, a Scottish Government principal planner wrote to South Ayrshire Council in February last year complaining that its draft local development plan “feels restrictive” towards turbines and urging it to act “positively” towards renewable developments.

The map shows wind farm development across Scotland based on 2012 data. Many proposed wind farms and some in scoping are not shown.
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One thought on “Telegraph reveals Government pressure on councils to allow more turbines

  1. And where is the independance of the local Planning Office? I can hardly paint my front door a different colour without his say-so! George Orwell would be astonished at his prophetic foresight! I don’t give a fig about the Government’s energy targets – but I do give a fig about why this headlong lemming-like rush to cover the landscape with useless industrial graffiti! And like Beeching’s rape of the railways, it will be too late to reverse the loss, long after Mr Salmond and his manipulators have gone! A Public Enquiry please to ensure the SNP ‘mobsters’ are not operating out of someone else’s pocket!

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