Are the New Planning Guidelines a Ray of Hope or just Humbug.

At the proposal of yet another mega windfarm we are advised:

the new planning policy

(1) is only a proposal at this stage

(2) won’t come into force until 2014

(3) contains no buffer zones and no absolute protection for most of the Scottish landscape

In truth there is little new here. There have been no wind farms built in National Parks although several National Parks have objected to proposals on their borders. No protection is being considered in those cases. National Parks are their own Planning Authority! They are already a Stakeholder. Outside, even by a yard, is outside their remit. Scottish Government have always parroted the line “not in unsuitable places” and yet applications in such as the Monaliadths have been approved. What this may bring is a rash of new applications in unsuitable areas to make sure the application is in before the new conditions become ratified. This is just political posturing whilst concealing the real aim. That is the economic development potential in green and unencumbered land. Like all contracts with people who have been proved un-trustworthy, READ THE SMALL PRINT! This really is a prime example of double speak.

There will be an opportunity for you to have your say. There will be national Drop-In events around Scotland. Take this opportunity to have your voices heard. I know that you know that they know that they don’t actually listen, but it is called Democracy,

City / Town         Venue  Date      Time

Inverness            Eastgate Centre                14 May 2013       9 am – 6 pm

Aberdeen           Bon Accord         15 May 2013       9 am – 6 pm

Irvine    Rivergate Centre              21 May 2013       9 am – 5.30 pm

Oban     Corran Halls        23 May 2013       12 pm – 6 pm

Dundee                Overgate Centre              28 May 2013       9 am – 6 pm

Edinburgh           The Gyle Centre               30 May 2013       9 am – 9 pm

Kirkwall                Kirkwall Town Hall            4 June 2013         1 pm – 6 pm

Glasgow               St. Enoch Shopping Centre          6 June 2013         9 am – 8 pm

Dumfries             The Cairndale Hotel        13 June 2013      9 am – 6 pm



About Dougal Quixote

Slightly mad. Always believes a cup is half full so continues to tilt at Wind Turbines and the politicians that seem to believe it is their god given right to ruin Scotland for a pot of fool's gold.
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