Harelaw Wind Farm, a 39 turbine 117MW development, was turned down by Scottish Ministers on the recommendation of the Reporter. Completing the encirclement of Glasgow had it been approved the reasons given were impact on the 52 local houses of noise and visual. The only question remaining was that the Reporter gave expenses against East Renfrewshire Council to the benefit of Gamesa and the landowner over mis-statements on noise limits on another local wind farm. The possibility that developers will apply for expenses against councils that object to wind farms is a dangerous precedent. That this case may be unusual will be cold comfort to East Renfrewshire Councils local tax payers.
However it is noticeable that three Section 36 Wind Farms have recently been turned down which does suggest that developers are wanting to build too close to habitation and concerns as to cumulative noise, previously dismissed, and visual impact are now being recognised.
The Scottish Government still has 53 onshore section 36, >50MW, applications under consideration at this moment in time. 53 more mega wind farms is decimation to many parts of Scotland, already shuddering under the cumulative impact of approved or built wind farms. See the latest SNH 2013 Windfarm Map. The yellow are wind farm in planning and with the Energy Consents Unit and the purple are in scoping and not yet applied for. On that basis the quote by SG of 53 applications is a mis-direction as they are aware that is only the tip of the iceberg.