STOP PRESS: TOM NAN CLACH UNANIMOUSLY REFUSED.
Thanks to Wind Energy’s Absurd!
Another don’t count chickens post; this time for Infinergy who had applied to ‘re-power’ at Tom Nan Clach in The Highlands, although actually it was nothing of the sort.
Their original application for 17 turbines was originally turned down by The Highland Council on the basis of it being an inappropriate site; this decision was overturned by the Scottish Government.
Infingergy then came back with their ‘re-powering’ application – for 13 turbines but at a height of 125m instead of the original 110m.
Today the South Area Planning Committee discussed the proposal. Planners had recommended acceptance.
Hats off to SPAC for this one. We’ve given them some stick in the past, but they came up trumps and unanimously rejected it.
Effectively, they were led in this by the SNP’s Bill Lobban who made the point that if you have permission for a bungalow it doesn’t mean to say that you can stick up a four-storey building.
He said the original decision to refuse was the right one and that it was one of the worst wind farms he’d ever seen.
The height and blade sweep were material considerations. The visual impact on, in particular, Lochindorb, Drynachan and the Dava Moor, and taken with the Moy wind farm would impact.
Even Thomas Prag stated that it was not just the height of the turbines which would impact; because the parts moved the extra sweep area would be more obvious to the eye.
Well done, SPAC. There will be a windfarm, however inappropriate, at this site, but it has put a spoke not only in Infinergy’s wheel that they can just play fast and loose, but in that of every other developer who thinks they can just apply for a wind farm with turbines of a certain height and then hurtle in with goal post alterations