Wind farm refused over Southern Upland Way impact

Posted: September 18, 2019 by oldbrew in Energy, Legal, News, turbines, wind
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Windfarm objection in Galloway

Let’s hope this helps to put wind farm developers off the idea of ruining scenery for profit, as they may end up just wasting a lot of time, effort and money on pointless proposals and court battles.

A wind farm appeal has been refused amid concerns it would spoil the enjoyment of a stretch of a popular south of Scotland walking route, reports BBC News.

Developer Energiekontor wanted to build 11 turbines at Cornharrow east of Carsphairn in
Dumfries and Galloway.

It appealed to the Scottish government over the local authority’s failure to give a decision on the plans.

A reporter has now ruled their impact on landscape and “enjoyment of cultural heritage” would be unacceptable.

It was accepted that the proposal would have helped to meet current government targets for energy generation and would have had positive economic effects.

However, the report concluded those would not outweigh the unacceptable significant adverse impacts.

They included the visual effect on prominent skylines and spoiling the enjoyment of the Southern Upland Way between Culmark Hill and Benbrack.

Source: BBC News.

  1. oldbrew says:

    Proposals like the one above are an ongoing problem in Dumfries and Galloway, due to its many windy hills and coasts, and low population.

  2. Stephen Richards says:

    German windfarmers have been spreading their shit across europe for about years as it gets harder and harder to get permission in germany. Not sure if energiekontor is german but the name is very similar to many other german scammers

  3. oldbrew says:

    Yes, Energiekontor UK is a subsidiary of a German firm of the same name, Energiekontor AG.

    It’s not just tall turbines of course. There are the access roads, digging up the landscape and felling woodlands on the way, plus long-distance transmission lines.

  4. Graeme No.3 says:

    Simple solution:
    Grant Scotland independence and refuse to take any excess electricity (except at negative rates).