The Highland Council has just published it’s latest wind farm map and it is pretty horrifying. First consideration is that the majority on this map are large scale developments and not the small on farm turbines. In Aberdoomshire these small 1-6 size developments have had a cumulative effect possibly worse than a large wind farm due to the close proximity to property that Aberdeenshire Council Planning accepts. Another consideration is that a small dot does not adequately identify an area of many square miles encompassing up to 86 massive industrial turbines of a size greater than the highest buildings in Scotland. In Highland Council Region 301 turbines are operational, 246 turbines are approved or under construction, 538 turbines are submitted for approval but not yet determined, 467 turbines are undergoing Scoping and 17 are under appeal. From today’s situation that means we have a potential of 1566 mega turbines that may be constructed in the Highlands which does not include the many extension that would be applied for on previous history if some of these not determined or in scoping are approved. This is a 520% increase on what we have now. This cannot be allowed to come to pass. We only need to look at Dumfries and Galloway, Aberdeenshire and Caithness to realise how bad things can get. The oft parroted Government statement of not in unsuitable areas sounds very thin when you consider where they have already been approved. On suspects that for many on Atlantic Quays in Glasgow, even Arthur’s Seat is an appropriate location. For full details Click here
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