Planning permission for Scottish wind farm refused due to ‘significant’ visual harm  

Posted: February 2, 2017 by oldbrew in Big Green, opinion, turbines, wind
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Windfarm objection in Galloway

Windfarm objection in Galloway

Galloway has some great landscapes and doesn’t need to be disfigured any further by such intrusive monstrosities.

A Scottish government reporter has refused planning permission for a 12-turbine wind farm in Galloway, reports BBC News. He ruled the Shennanton project north of Kirkcowan would have a “significant adverse impact” on the landscape.

Brookfield Renewable had appealed over Dumfries and Galloway Council’s failure to determine its application. The reporter said the significant local support and boost for renewable energy targets did not outweigh the harm to the character of the area.

Last year the project generated 149 separate representations to the council – 91 in favour and 58 against. Planning officers had recommended refusal due to concerns over the impact on the landscape.

It was scheduled to be considered at a meeting in February 2016 but councillors were told it was the subject of a non-determination appeal to the Scottish government. That appeal has now been dismissed and planning permission turned down.

Source: Kirkcowan wind turbine visual harm ‘significant’ – BBC News

  1. roger says:

    A wind of change is coming from the atlantic.
    First came the golf courses and the parish council postured.
    Now comes reality for the next four years and hopefully more.
    The little fish is out of her depth……..

  2. A few more birds and bats saved from the mincers.

  3. Robert Gallacher says:

    the good people of dumfries and galloway (and their friends 😉 ) have done a good job of keeping the last two applications for major wind farms at bay. i hope this will continue (i am fairly certain it will 🙂 ). far too beautiful an area to suffer the visual blight of tax payers money being wasted on a daily basis.

    [reply] seconded 😎

  4. hunter says:

    Excellent. Wind power has the worst impact on the environment: Its low density means a huge land footprint per GW. There are no economies of scale: Double the power means double the footprint.
    Its undependable nature means a complete backup system must be ready at anytime to completely take the place of wind. Its unreliable fluctuating power strains power grids. The blades of the wind towers are documented to kill flying animals. The noise from the turbines is documented to disturb area wildlife. Wind mills are a blight on the landscape, industrializing remote wild areas and require maintenance and repair vehicles to access what should be untouched land.

  5. oldbrew says:

    hunter – a lot of people probably don’t realise the sheer scale of some of these sites.

    From 2015: ‘ScottishPower Renewables, a unit of Iberdrola, officially began construction on the 239 MW Kilgallioch Windfarm this week, beginning with the construction of 55 kilometres worth of tracks, as well as upgrading 14 kilometres of existing forest tracks, across the 32 kilometre-square construction site, which will eventually link the 96 wind turbines set to be installed.’

  6. Saighdear says:

    Few more birds, etc getting killed? HOW ABOUT PILOTS ? Today in Germany around Osnabruck, in the news, a small / ultra-light aircraft in good visibiity, crashed into a windmill, Pilot was Killed. very sad.

  7. ivan says:

    Double the power means double the footprint.

    hunter, if they keep the same size units it requires 4 times the footprint to double the output. If they are packed too tight their efficiency goes down therefore they need more of them just to stand still on output.

  8. stpaulchuck says:

    now, if we can just start taking them down! They always were no more than a scam. Rates right up there with the Piltdown Man.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Wind turbine lorry crash blocks A713 near Parton [in Dumfries and Galloway]
    7 February 2017 South Scotland

    A BRIDGE was demolished and a road was completely blocked after a lorry carrying wind turbine parts crashed on Monday night.
    The trailer ended up in a field with the tractor unit upside down on the road