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Caithness Windfarm Information Forum - CWIF -

From a supporter after the Stroupster windfarm decision in 2010:

I feel like another bit of us/Caithness has died. It's utterly incredible that this is progressing so far
and now so fast. Folks are going to wake up one day and say "who let this happen?"

CWIF can certainly stand proud and say
"we did our best and fought with everything we had and could think of".

 


Rainbow over Dunnet Photo: Ben MacGregor

If you care about preserving this beautiful area from the onward march of turbines,
please DONATE to show your support

CWIF is a member of the
World Council for Nature and
European Platform Against Windfarms

The maps on our Windfarm Maps page show the impact of turbines on Caithness and Sutherland

How to object to Current Proposals

The Accident Statistics now total over 1,500.
As stated on that page, we believe this to be the tip of the iceberg.
Why is the industry body so secretive on accidents?


Local Groups

Canisbay/John O'Groats

Limekiln, Reay

Spittal Hill

Watten


HEADLINES

 

Three Decades of Wind Industry Deception: A Chronology of a Global Conspiracy of Silence and Subterfuge
from Stop These Things

 

 

THE TOPPLING TURBINES (which the industry claims are "rare")

 

Broken windmill

The explanation

Germany - December

 

Turbine collapses

USA - December

 

Crashes to earth

(Same one 2 years ago)

Scotland - December

 

Turbine collapses

more pics. and BBC video

Ireland - January

 

30m blade plunges

Ireland - January

 

click image to see video

Germany - January

Windfarm closed

what really happened?

Scotland - January

Turbine fire video

US - January

 

broken blade via fb

England - January

Out of control

Denmark - January

Fire and the remains

Germany - January

Watch video to see this turbine collapse

India - February

 

One of 145 gearboxes fails per year

Wind Farm Debris Highlights Need for Caution

2 Year Old Siemens Turbines Falling Apart: Wind Farm Investors, Get Out While You Can

Turbine safety concerns

Wind Industry In Freefall: Wind Turbines Keep Dropping Like Flies & Hard Hats Won't Help

Risks of turbine collapse

School kids learn to duck for cover

Axe turbines before one falls on a child

See also CWIF Report on the Safety Aspects of Turbines in School Playgrounds

 

"... the HSE do not currently have a database of wind turbine failures on which they can base judgements on the reliability and risk assessments for wind turbines."
Study and development of a methodology for the estimation of the risk and harm to persons from wind turbines

and the reason for that is - the industry guarantees confidentiality to members reporting incidents

 

Risk and your windfarm - advice to developers

HSE reports explain toppled turbines

Wind Turbine Risk

The scandal of UK's death-trap wind turbines

 

 

The £400million feed-in frenzy

How a wind farm subsidy loophole is short-changing billpayers and damaging Britain's clean energy market
February 2015 Report by Institute for Public Policy Research

Channel 4 news item 10 Feb (bottom of page)

 

 

Scientific Alliance Examination of WWF Scotland's Claims for Wind Generation in November 2014

by Stuart Young and George Lindsay

 

 

The Climate Change Act is Based on Junk Science


covering email to politicians

 

 

 

Live Newsfeed from National Wind Watch
(hover over items to see summary, click to see full link
or if Live Newsfeed fails click on link above for Scottish news)

 

Dougal Quixote's Blog

 

No Wind Turbines - facebook group

Wind Energy's Absurd - facebook group

Friends against wind



EVENTS

 

PLEASE NOTE

All meetings of Highland Council are webcast live

and available later in the archive

 

 

Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee

10.30 am Wednesday, 18 February 2015

See Item 13 Onshore Wind Supplementary Guidance

 

 

South Planning Applications Committee

10.30 am Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Item 6.1 Beinn Mhor windfarm 6 turbines - deferred to 19 March and appealed

Item 6.2 Millennium extension 10 turbines - deferred to 30 March

Item 7.5 Anemometer mast at West of Cloughmor, Farr - refused

 

 

Glenmorie windfarm - Judicial Review

First Hearing 19 March in Edinburgh

 

 

International Conference on Wind Turbine Noise

Monday 20 April to Thursday 23 April 2015
Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland

 

 

Strathy South Public Local Inquiry

The inquiry and hearing sessions will be held at the Strathy Village Hall, Strathy, KW14 7RZ from
Monday 20 April until Friday 24 April
.

The agreed dates for the inquiry sessions are Monday 20 April, Tuesday 21 April and Wednesday 22 April.

The agreed dates for the hearing sessions are Thursday 23 April and Friday 24 April.

Note of Pre-Examination Meeting

 

 

Planning Democracy Conference

Planning: The People's Perspective

Saturday 25th April 10 - 4.30pm at Trades Hall, Central Glasgow

Why should you come?
If you have been or are about to be affected by planning decisions,
If you have concerns about the way the Scottish planning system works,
If you are a professional interested in seeing an alternative viewpoint to that normally presented at planning conferences,
you will be interested in this conference.

 


CAITHNESS/SUTHERLAND NEWS

 

Recent Applications - See also Current Proposals and Maps

Cnoc Morail , West Watten - submitted 5 turbines 99.5m to tip - object now

Buckies Farm near Halkirk - submitted 5 turbines 67m to tip - object now

West Garty Estate near Helmsdale - submitted 18 turbines 120m to tip - object now

Caplich windfarm near Lairg - submitted 20 turbines 132m to tip

 

Following refusal/recommendation to refuse by Highland Council developers are appealing:

Strathy South windfarm - details on DPEA website (see also Events)

Spittal Hill windfarm - details on DPEA website - object to DPEA by 19 January

 

Glenmorie Windfarm - refused following Public Local Inquiry but now taken by the developer to Judicial Review

 

 

John O'Groats to Lands End - the most famous tourist route in the UK

Until recently visitors leaving John O'Groats had a wide vista to the mountains in the distance interrupted only by a small forest nearby.
Now what they see is this


click to enlarge

as you get closer there are many more windfarms in the distance -


The small forest which used to adorn the view now looks like this -


 

 

Holyrood wind farm rulings are 'sweeping away democracy' (Northern Times - 27 Feb 15)

Major offshore wind farm misses out on government renewables funding (STV News - 26 Feb 15)

Communities could share ownership of Sutherland windfarm (Press & Journal - 24 Jan 15)

Gordonbush windfarm - RSPB: killing birds to save the planet (Breitbart - 21 Dec 14)
(N.B. we understand RSPB did in fact object to this windfarm)

Anger as turbine crashes to earth for second time (Northern Times - 19 Dec 14)

Appeal lodged for Caithness turbines (Spittal Hill) (NWW - 9 Dec 14)

Glenmorie windfarm developers seek Judicial Review (Northern Times - 5 Dec 14)

Local BB operator asks Minister not to give green light to West Garty windfarm (Northern Times - 5 Dec 14)

Strathy South windfarm
RSPB remain opposed to Strathy South despite fewer turbines proposed (Northern Times - 3 Nov 14)
Wind turbine project goes to public inquiry (Herald - 11 Jun 14)
Protest held against SSE's Strathy South wind farm (BBC News - 10 Jun 14)
Highland Council reject SSE windfarm application at Strathy South (Northern Times - 10 Jun 14)
RSPB step up efforts against Strathy South (Caithness Courier - 4 Jun 14)
Reducing size of SSE's Strathy South wind farm suggested (BBC News - 4 Jun 14)
John Gunn wins Strathy contract (John O'Groat Journal - 20 May 14)
Strathy windfarm benefit launched
(Northern Times - 2 Apr 14)

John Muir Trust in windfarm plea to councillors (Press & Journal via NWW - 11 Nov 14)

New partner for Beatrice offshore windfarm (Courier - 6 Nov 14)

Enjoying the peace while it's still there (Caithness Courier - 8 Oct 14)

Second Strathy windfarm funding bids open (Northern Times - 1 Oct 14)

Balnacoil windfarm rejected on appeal (Press & Journal - 27 Sep 14)

Gibson MSP backs proposal for windfarm on wild land (Northern Times - 26 Sep 14)

Caithness windfarm rejected by planners (Press & Journal - 18 Sep 14)
full story from NWW

Inquiry held on controversial Caithness windfarm (Scotsman - 26 Aug 14)
Inquiry start Caithness windfarm (Press & Journal - 25 Aug 14)

Ardross celebrates as contentious windfarm plan is quashed (Ross-shire Journal - 22 Aug 14)
Glenmorie windfarm refused (Northern Times - 21 Aug 14)
Ewing throws out Glenmorie windfarm plans (Scotsman - 21 Aug 14)
Sutherland windfarm refused by Minister (Press & Journal - 21 Aug 14)

Locals welcome Tressady windfarm decision (Northern Times - 7 Aug 14)
Tressady windfarm appeal dismissed (Northern Times - 6 Aug 14)

 

 

News Archive

 


SCOTLAND NEWS

 

List of Scottish Protest Groups and Maps

 

Scottish Govt. list of decisions

 

 


click image to view video

 

 

Help stop Stronelairg windfarm
Legal bid to halt Stonelairg wind farm
(Scotsman - 12 Feb 15)
National Trust Chief Exec.speaks out (Press & Journal - 30 Nov 14)
Eagle statue to overlook habitat risking windfarm (Scotsman - 27 Nov 14)
Environment charity's aid call to block city sized windfarm (Scotsman - 20 Nov 14)
National Trust for Scotland joins fight against Stronelairg (Grough - 20 Nov 14)
Trust 'disappointed' at court ruling over Stronelairg legal costs (JMT - 31 Oct 14)
Outdoor fans urged to support charity in David and Goliath fight (Grough - 31 Oct 14)
John Muir Trust seeks to limit its costs (Grough - 7 Oct 14)
Legal challenge over windfarm (Herald - 27 Aug 14)
John Muir Trust calls for Public Inquiry (Grough - 10 Jun 14)
John Muir Trust condemns windfarm decision (Outdoorsmagic - 9 Jun 14)
SSE's Stronelairg wind farm near Fort Augustus approved (BBC News - 6 Jun 14)
Windfarm decision branded shameful (Highland News - 6 Jun 14)
Mountaineers dismay at Government approval (Grough - 6 Jun 14)

Doubt cast over national renewable energy policy (Berwickshire News - 26 Feb 15)

New windfarm will ruin Highland wild land (Press & Journal - 26 Feb 15)

Holyrood have final say on controversial wind farm (Scotsman - 26 Feb 15)

Scots need new power station 'or lights go out' (Scotsman - 25 Feb 15)

Crofter says no deal to windfarm deal (Stornoway Gazette - 21 Feb 15)

Mountaineers urge councillors to reject windfarm near Glen Affric (Press & Journal - 20 Feb 15)

Little Raith windfarm developer accused of 'cheap trick' in way it lodged appeal (Courier - 20 Feb 15)

Blame turbines not variation in transmission charges says windfarm campaigner (Press & Journal - 18 Feb 15)

Ark Hill windfarm noise complaint being investigated (Courier - 18 Feb 15)

Mythical pot at end of rainbow (Shetland Times - 14 Feb 15)

Green spin is a disgrace (Shetland Times - 13 Feb 15)

Call for tougher windfarm scrutiny (Scotsman - 9 Feb 15)

Wind pressure group wants compensation and slams 'duplicitous' developers (Border Telegraph - 8 Feb 15)

Rural alliance tells Scottish Government: you've not been democratic in approving 'colossal' windfarms (Herald - 9 Feb 15)

Local MP worried over wind turbine safety (Peebleshire News - 9 Feb 15)

Windfarm opponents' legal challenge fails (Shetland Times - 9 Feb 15)

Wind farm proposal would contradict spirit of Wild Land policy (Herald - 7 Feb 14)

Supreme Court ruling on Shetland windfarm due on Monday (Press & Journal - 6 Feb 14)

The £125m green con trick (Daily Mail via NWW - 31 Jan 15)

Wind farms divisive say campaigners (Southern Reporter - 29 Jan 15)

Airriequhillart wind farm plans dropped (BBC News - 28 Jan 15)

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing hopes wind arrays in the Forth and Tay will see off RSPB challenge (Courier - 28 Jan 15)

Viking wind farm planning consent "unfair" (Shetland News - 25 Jan 15)

Trust backs campaign for 'Equal Rights of Appeal' (Stornoway Gazette - 25 Jan 15)

Decision making process on wind farm applications needs to be overhauled says councillor (Northern Times - 22 Jan 15)

Safety concerns grow over location of wind turbines (Berwickshire News - 22 Jan 15)

Communities being "swamped" by renewable energy applications (Press & Journal - 21 Jan 15)

Trump and windfarm team face courtroom battle over Aberdeen turbines plan (Evening Express - 20 Jan 15)

Turbine safety concerns (Cumnock Chronicle - 16 Jan 15)

Government to push for Viking's viability (Shetland News - 16 Jan 15)

RSPB challenges 4 major windfarm developments (Scotsman - 13 Jan 15)

Renewables drain our resources (Scotsman - 13 Jan 15)

MP calls for more safety checks on local windfarms (Peebleshire News - 12 Jan 15)

Why we all should get the 'love bog' bug (Scotsman - 12 Jan 15)

Scotland Gagging on Wind Power (EuanMearns -12 Jan 15)

Legal challenge to variation of application (Border Telegraph - 9 Jan 15)

Risks of turbine collapse (Shetland Times - 7 Jan 15)

Letter in response to the misleading electricity figures posted by WWF (Scottish Energy News - 7 Jan 15)
(original article)

Halt onshore turbines that are blowing such an ill wind (Herald - 6 Jan 15)

Figures 'prove Scotland has enough wind farms already' (Telegraph - 3 Jan 15)

SCOTTISHPOWER is well named (Herald - 31 Dec 14)

John Muir Trust fears 'rehashed' Aberfeldy turbine plan (Courier - 29 Dec 14)

George W Bush may help fight against major windfarm development in Tayside (Courier - 27 Dec 14)

ScottishPower eyes big expansion of onshore wind energy (Financial Times - 26 Dec 14)

Last chance to object to Dumfries and Galloway wind farm (Birdwatch - 26 Dec 14)

Millennium Extension - Wind farm decision delayed (Herald - 23 Dec 14)

Wind farm company paid millions to do nothing... and now it wants to expand (Express - 23 Dec 14)

Wind farm extension questioned when millions paid to turn off for existing turbines (Herald - 22 Dec 14)

1,400 wind turbine plans submitted (Evening Telegraph - 23 Dec 14)

Public hearing into Tory MSP's wind farm planned (Scotsman - 22 Dec 14)

Firm paid to halt wind turbines plans expansion (Scotsman - 22 Dec 14)

Supreme Court hears Viking wind farm arguments (Shetland News - 18 Dec 14)

Millennium Extension opposed (Herald - 17 Dec 14)

Seabirds alter course to avoid wind turbines (Herald - 16 Dec 14)

Turbine campaigners welcome Perthshire windfarm delay as 'first major success' (Courier - 15 Dec 14)

Wind farm objections 'doubled' (Sunday Post - 7 Dec 14)

£36m windfarm plan is rejected by Inverclyde councillors (Greenock Telegraph - 5 Dec 14)

Wind turbine warning for wildlife (Phys.org - 4 Dec 14)

Researchers say microturbines could kill thousands of bats and birds (BBC News - 3 Dec 14)

Recent letters to the Scotsman:
Cost of wind from Lyndsey Ward - 25 Nov
Land Protection from George Lindsay - 25 Nov
John Muir Trust from Celia Hobbs - 24 Nov
Wind farm fight from Linda Holt - 22 Nov

Windfarm group blown away by public support (Press & Journal - 24 Nov 14)

Loch Ness windfarm will be an environmental disaster (Breitbart - 23 Nov 14)

Loch Urr and Benbrack wind farm bids submitted (BBC News - 20 Nov 14)

Fierce opposition to Loch Ness windfarm (Energy Voice - 14 Nov 14)

Ex-manager of Wet Wet Wet seeking compensation after claiming windfarm has contaminated water supply (Daily Record - 9 Nov)
(see also Special investigation toxic wind turbines, Public water contamination from Whitelee windfarm, Rachel Connor and Whitelee )

Green light for 21 turbine windfarm off Argyll (Herald - 6 Nov 14)

Cover-up over bird deaths suspected (Press & Journal - 3 Nov 14)

Wind turbines have killed more birds than persecution this year (Telegraph - 29 Oct 14)

As Hurricane Gonzalo blew into UK energy firms were paid £5m to TURN OFF their wind turbines (Daily Record - 26 Oct 14)

Windfarm garners support but vast majority against it (Hawick News - 24 Oct 14)

Plans for Loch Ness windfarm go on show (Press & Journal - 23 Oct 14)

Windfarm plan for hills set to spark a storm weeks after Ryder Cup praise (Herald - 22 Oct 14)

Developer withdraws controversial Highland windfarm application (Press & Journal - 16 Oct 14)

Plans for 17 turbine windfarm in Angus ditched (Courier - 16 Oct 14)

Campaigner says planning move will not stop bullies (Barrhead News - 15 Oct 14)

Application for major windfarm expected in Perthshire (Courier - 14 Oct 14)

Vandals £50k windfarm wrecking spree (Greenock Telegraph - 14 Oct 14_

Mainstream gets green light for Scottish windfarm (Irish Times - 11 Oct 14)

Windfarm plans spark fears for seabirds (Edinburgh News - 11 Oct 14)
Four windfarms off the Tay and Firth win approval (BBC News - 10 Oct 14)
RSPB Scotland extremely concerned by consent for offshore windfarms (RSPB - 10 Oct 14)

Wind farm plans at Kirkcudbright site get the laser treatment in favour of traditional anemometers (Daily Record - 9 Oct 14)

Councillors deal blow to colossal wind turbine scheme (Press & Journal - 8 Oct 14)

SNH criticised in Highland windfarm row (Press & Journal - 6 Oct 14)

Wind Farm Developers "Deny the People of Their Democratic Right" (Penicuik Cuckoo - 4 Oct 14)

Lewis wind farm backer pulls out over cable delay (BBC News - 2 Oct 14)

Perthshire windfarm would jeopardise wild land (Scotsman - 1 Oct 14)

Outlander author Diana Gabaldon joins Rannoch Moor fight (Daily Record - 29 Sep 14)

Talladh a Bheithe wind farm Keep Rannoch Wild
Murdo Fraser MSP's motion debated in the Scottish Parliament on 30 Sept.
View the Debate or read the Official Report

Greencoat buys more windfarms (Herald - 29 Sep 14)

Kids could be playing under 77m turbine (Dunfermline Press - 20 Sep 14)

Relying on wind power won't be a miracle solution (Scotsman - 19 Sep 14)

New date confirmed for Brown Muir windfarm (Press & Journal - 18 Sep 14)

Wind turbines ruin views in most of Scotland (Scotsman - 13 Sep 14)

Firm refusing to give up on Calliacher windfarm extension (Courier - 10 Sep 14)

Carn Gorm windfarm near Ben Wyvis refused (Herald - 9 Sep 14)

Battle of Prestonpans windfarm plan sparks anger (Scotsman - 8 Sep 14)

Tullymurdoch windfarm approval shows locals are considered 'collateral damage' (Courier - 8 Sep 14)

Tory grandee set to make £8m. from Highland windfarm (Herald - 7 Sep 14)

Nearly 200 jobs face axe as energy giant shuts down operations (STV News - 5 Sep 14)

Expert anticipates windfarm project scale-down (Scotsman - 4 Sep 14)

St. Andrews University seeks partner for windfarm development (Courier - 3 Sep 14)

Mountaineers claim referendum debate ignoring wild land (Press & Journal - 2 Sep 14)
Full story from NWW

Glen Affric windfarm gathers 1200 comments (Press & Journal - 1 Sep 14)

Disgust at windfarm boss rant against gays and disabled (Herald - 31 Aug 14)
Full story from NWW

Aberdeen windfarm given marine licence (Scotsman - 29 Aug 14)

John Muir Trust says Talladh-a-Bheithe windfarm would 'scar the heart of Scotland' (Courier - 25 Aug 14)

Dunoon windfarm developer under fire (Dunoon Observer - 22 Aug 14)

New guidance for windfarms (Press & Journal - 21 Aug 14)

Government turning cartwheels to suit windfarm firms (Courier - 20 Aug 14)

Reporter rejects Scottish borders windfarm appeal (Selkirk Weekend Advertiser - 19 Aug 14)

Grandmother claims she is being tortured out of her home by Fife windfarm (Courier - 19 Aug 14)

Glen Kyllachy windfarm blocked by Highland Council (Inverness Courier - 19 Aug 14)
Objectors protest ahead of windfarm vote (Press & Journal - 19 Aug 14)

Councillors unhappy with lack of information (Cumnock Chronicle - 15 Aug 14)

Scotland's toxic shock - windfarms poisoning neighbours (stopthesethings - 15 Aug 14)

Unwelcome and deeply damaging (MCofS - 14 Aug 14)

Windfarms investigated after claims of health problems (Courier - 11 Aug 14)

MSP calls for windfarm developer code of conduct (Galloway Gazette - 11 Aug 14)

Surge of turbines stirs fears of silent danger to our health (Sunday Express - 10 Aug 14)

Scottish Government to investigate health effects of windfarms (Breitbart - 10 Aug 14)

Wind farm battles set for court (Sunday Times - 10 Aug 14)
Full story via NWW

Seabirds at risk from windfarm growth (Scotsman - 8 Aug 14)

Windfarm extension sneaked through (Peebleshire News - 6 Aug 14)

Plans for 14-turbine Loch Ness scheme (STV News - 4 Aug 14)

New guidance for windfarm developments (Press & Journal - 1 Aug 14)

Crackdown on misleading pictures in windfarm plans (Herald - 1 Aug 14)

 

 

News Archive

 


UK/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

 

R-UK hails 'competitive' CfD result (ReNews - 26 Feb 15)

East Anglia, Neart na Gaoithe scoop offshore wind CfDs (ReNews - 26 Feb 15)

Contracts for Difference (CFD) Allocation Round One Outcome (DECC - 26 Feb 15)

REF Interim Statement on DECC Announcement of CfD Auction Prices (REF - 26 Feb 15)

2nd golden eagle killed at Nevada wind farm (Salt Lake Tribune - 25 Feb 15)

Farmer shot dead, several injured in day two of Kinangop Wind Park protests (Star - 24 Feb 15)

Hartlepool split over plans for gigantic 570ft wind turbines (Hartlepool Mail - 24 Feb 15)

The great wind farm farce (Telegraph - 22 Feb 15)

The Great Wind Farm Farce (Power Industry News - 22 Feb 15)

The proof we got a bad deal on offshore wind farms (Telegraph - 21 Feb 15)

Engineer loses costs bid in case over Meath wind farm (Irish Times - 20 Feb 15)

The shocking environmental cost of renewable energy (Raptor Politics - 18 Feb 15)

View from Dylan Thomas's home saved after turbine plans thrown out (Guardian - 19 Feb 15)

Film visualises wind farm (Sleaford Standard - 18 Feb 15)

Turbine collapse 'down to fault' (Belfast Telegraph - 13 Feb 15)

Taxpayers in Mid Wales to foot £2m planning appeal bills against wind farm (Shropshire Star - 12 Feb)

Wind turbine dispute heads to court (Daily Press - 9 Feb 15)

Australian windfarms face $13 billion wipeout from political impasse (Reuters - 8 Feb 15)

Suffolk fishermen call for compensation after cables leave key area off-limits (East Anglian Daily Times - 6 Feb 15)

Which 'environment' do 'environmentalists' really care about? (Telegraph - 31 Jan 15)

Toppling fear sees size of Hartlepool wind turbines reduced (Hartlepool Mail - 26 Jan 15)

Five reasons why it is folly to adopt wind power as an energy source (Irish Examiner - 23 Jan 15)

Culture secretary will review Navitus Bay wind farm over heritage status fears (Bournemouth Echo - 21 Jan 15)

MPs set to axe onshore wind subsidy (Professional Engineering - 22 Jan 15)

Six in 10 UK onshore windfarms rejected, says report (Guardian - 21 Jan 15)

Proof that the wind industry cannot be relied upon for our electricity (Telegraph - 21 Jan 15)

Dylan Thomas boathouse campaigners launch High Court battle against wind turbine (S Wales Evening Post - 19 Jan 15)

MP Christopher Chope: Offshore wind farms is 'manic proposal' (Western Daily Press - 17 Jan 15)

"Recently we bought most of a village to make a windpark." (Friends Against Wind - 16 Jan 15)

1 In 4 Wind Turbine Companies Went BUST In Last Two Years (Daily Caller - 16 Jan 15)

Let's get real about cute little wind turbines (Treehugger - 16 Jan 15)

Scaled-down Navitus Bay scheme will not need separate planning application, inspector rules (Bournemouth Echo - 14 Jan 15)

Cut subsidies and reduce wind turbine applications (Western Morning News - 8 Jan 15)

Wind turbine trees in urban environments (Treehugger - 5 Jan 15)

Screggagh Wind Farm shut down pending safety investigation (Ulster Herald - 5 Jan 15)

Wind farms paid £1m a week to switch off (Telegraph - 4 Jan 15)

Wind turbine collapses near Fintona (Ulster Herald - 3 Jan)

Dorset County Council stands firm on Navitus Bay wind farm plans (Dorset Echo - 31 Dec 14)

Durham Tees Valley Airport facing legal action over turbine plan (Northern Echo - 29 Dec 14)

Wind Farms Cause Property Value to tank by 56% in Vermilion County Illinois (EdgarCountyWatchdogs - 28 Dec 14)

Stunning view from Dylan Thomas's waterside home under threat (Daily Mail - 27 Dec 14)

Wind farm danger to wildlife in focus (Belfast Telegraph - 26 Dec 14)
A review of the impacts of onshore wind energy development on biodiversity

Plans for single wind turbines plunge (Belfast Telegraph - 22 Dec 14)

Pacificorp fined $2.5m for bird deaths (trib.com - 19 Dec 14)

Turbine collapse caused by weld failure (tallbloke blog - 17 Dec 14)

David Cameron declares UK has 'enough' onshore wind farms (Business Green - 16 Dec 14)

Wind turbine collapses in Haskell County (KWCH12 - 16 Dec 14)

Green policies to add up to 40pc to cost of household electricity (Telegraph - 14 Dec 14)

Broken windmill - many questions (Friends Against Wind - 13 Dec 14)

Invenergy's Wind Turbine Blade Problems continue (Edgar County Watchdogs - 12 Dec 14)

Plan for six wind turbines in Cork 'has to be considered in relation national power grid' - High Court (Irish Independent - 12 Dec 14)

Study: Bats mistake turbines for trees (Poughkeepsie Journal - 6 Dec 14)

Turtles tackle green energy (OurWindsor - 6 Dec 14)

1bn offshore windfarm axed (Belfast Telegraph - 2 Dec 14)

Ministers commission review on wind turbine noise (Planning Resource - 1 Dec 14)

Noisy windfarms face ban (Telegraph - 30 Nov 14)

Farmer fights to save land from massive windfarm (Farmers Weekly - 27 Nov 14)

Engineer challenges unfair planning procedure - health concerns (Irish Times - 26 Nov 14)

Massive windfarm off Sussex coast gets go-ahead (Eastbourne Herald - 24 Nov 14)

Revealed the Guardian windfarm advert that tried to pull the wool over our eyes (Telegraph - 23 Nov 14)

Fullabrook wind farm fails latest set of planning restriction noise tests (North Devon Journal - 21 Nov 14)

Legal battle over Ontario windfarm may redefine 'harm' (Globe and Mail - 21 Nov 14)

Windfarm files lawsuit to hide bird deaths data (Nature World News - 19 Nov 14)

Minister hears windfarm concerns in Northumbria (Berwick Advertiser - 19 Nov 14)

Huge windfarm appeal set to kick off (Brandon Sun - 17 Nov 14)

Navitus Bay plans in doubt (Telegraph - 17 Nov 14)

US company sues to block release of bird deaths data (Guardian - 17 Nov 14)

Blow to campaigners fighting Den Brook windfarm (Mid Devon Gazette - 13 Nov 14)

UK windfarm owners get £115,000 for every job they create (Telegraph - 12 Nov 14)

Upon Wenlock Edge - standing at the edge of despair (Shropshire Star - 11 Nov 14)

Judicial review granted over wind turbine across the estuary from Dylan Thomas' writing shed (Wales online - 10 Nov 14)

Windfarms paid £43m to switch off (Telegraph - 9 Nov 14)

Revised scheme for Navitus Bay (Daily Echo - 6 Nov 14)

Wind farm shares to be sold to locals under new scheme (BBC News - 3 Nov 14)

A few dozen almost useless behemoths (Cyprus Mail - 2 Nov 14)

Experts put value of inefficient windpower strategy in question (Yorkshire Post - 27 Oct 14)

Health officials weigh next step in wind turbine battle (Green Bay Press Gazette - 27 Oct 14)

It's rarely about the environment any more (Townhall Magazine - 25 Oct 14)

Current energy policies shaped by the Green Blob will cost up to £400billion (Daily Mail - 25 Oct 14)

Judge imposes 3 mph speed limit on windfarm to stop sheep being scared (Belfast Telegraph - 24 Oct 14)

School wind turbine blade smashes into Rowley Regis garden (Halesowen News - 23 Oct 14)

Eric Pickles accused of rejecting windfarms to win votes (Independent - 19 Oct 14)

Britain needs political climate change to cut soaring energy bills (Telegraph - 17 Oct 14)

Wind turbines may lure bats into fatal errors (Boulder Weekly - 16 Oct 14)

Derrybrien landslide saga reaches Supreme Court after 11 years (Connoch Tribune - 16 Oct 14)

Peers demand an end to 'ugly, noisy' Northumberland wind farms (The Journal - 16 Oct 14)

Ex-Minister attacks green obsession at heart of Whitehall (Daily Mail - 15 Oct 14)

Bats mistake wind turbines for trees (University Herald - 13 Oct 14)

Offshore wind projects are grinding to a halt (Business Green - 13 Oct 14)

Scrap the Climate Change Act to keep the lights on says Owen Paterson (Telegraph - 11 Oct 14)
Can Owen Paterson save us from an unimaginable energy disaster? (Telegraph - 11 Oct 14)

Pressure ending windfarm subsidies (The Journal - 10 Oct 14)

Leading north east figures unite for Lords debate on Northumberland windfarms (Chronicle - 9 Oct 14)

France is doing badly but German energy sector is a disaster (Telegraph - 8 Oct 14)

Navitus Bay wind farm could hit Bournemouth economy (BBC News - 8 Oct 14)

Ten reasons why people who support windfarms are deluded ... (Breitbart - 8 Oct 14)

Risk and your windfarm - advice to developers (NA windpower - Oct 14)

HSE reports explain toppled turbines (IMechE - 1 Oct 14)

Damaging impact of Navitus Bay to be discussed by county councillors (Bournemouth Echo - 30 Sep 14)

Rescue personnel get training at windfarm (Albion News - 30 Sep 14)

Battle lines drawn over Northumberland windfarm (The Journal - 29 Sep 14)

Wind turbines take toll on birds of prey (The Australian - 22 Sep 14)

Trump objects to windfarm near golf resort (Irish Examiner - 18 Sep 14)

Hartlepool 'highest' wind turbine scheme proposed - 206m to tip (BBC News - 15 Sep 14)

The scandal of UK's death-trap wind turbines (Mail on Sunday - 14 Sep 14)
How could the collapse of wind turbines in Devon and Cornwall affect Lincolnshire? (Lincolnshire Echo - 14 Sep 14)

Danish windfarm company sued for spoiling view (Breibart - 12 Sep 14)

Campaigners outraged by offshore windfarm cable to Bicker Fen (Boston Target - 12 Sep 14)

Germany's large scale offshore windfarm dream morphs into a nightmare (notrickszone - 11 Sep 14)

Wind farm is allegedly a threat to the habitat of the hen harrier in Tipperary (Independent - Irish - 10 Sep 14)

Ontario seeks more studies on offshore windfarms (The Star - 8 Sep 14)

Opponents of windfarms and pylons unite to target Fine Gael (Irish Times - 8 Sep 14)

Safety fears over toppled turbines (Western Morning News - 7 Sep 14)

Children's helicopter charity objects to wind turbine (Ormskirk & Skelmersdale Advertiser - 4 Sep 14)

Landowners file class action to prevent windfarm construction (Legal News - 3 Sep 14)

Germany's flagship green energy policy in tatters (Telegraph - 2 Sep 14)

Emergency measures to prevent blackouts this winter (Telegraph - 2 Sep 14)

Suffolk fishermen's concerns over windfarm (eadt - 2 Sep 14)

Shipmaster given hefty fine for windfarm collision off Norfolk (Yachting & Boating world - 2 Sep 14)

High Court rules on compensation for noise from wind turbines (International Law Office - 1 Sep 14)

Wind turbines don't run on wind, they run on subsidies (stopthesethings - 31 Aug 14)

Campaigners against Cumbrian windfarm lose battle (News and Star - 30 Aug 14)

Wind turbines around US remain idle (SC Times - 30 Aug 14)

Farmer defends plan for 94m wind turbine (Leicester Mercury - 29 Aug 14)

Family 'Shunned' for opposing Llanaelhaearn wind turbine (BBC News - 29 Aug 14)

One of England's best views to be 'ruined' by 242ft wind turbine (Express - 26 Aug 14)

Victims of industrial wind (Rutland Herald - 24 Aug 14)

Fresh opposition to Navitus Bay windfarm plan (Daily Echo - 23 Aug 14)

Offshore wind and fishing industries must 'coexist to survive' (SouthCoastToday - 17 Aug 14)

Windfarm needs 700 times more land than fracking site (Telegraph - 14 Aug 14)

Norfolk crab fishermen forced out to make way for offshore windfarm works (Telegraph - 13 Aug 14)

Windfarms paid record sum not to produce electricity (Telegraph - 12 Aug 14)

Lightning strikes again: DTE wind turbines damaged by 'Mother Nature' (Michigans Thumb - 8 Aug 14)

Opposing wind generators is not anti-green (iol - 8 Aug 14)

Danish professor fired after criticising wind turbines (Breitbart - 6 Aug 14)

Developer of windfarm outlines land purchase notices (Worthing Times - 4 Aug 14)

Residents and activitist challenge permission for windfarm project (Irish Times - 2 Aug 14)

Lunacy on sea: As Ministers agree to the world's biggest wind farm off Brighton (Daily Mail - 2 Aug 14)

 

 

News Archive

 


COMMENT

 

In environmental justice, the wind still rides roughshod over the rules

"There is a feeling that wind seems to be exempt from the normal rules. If I were to erect a structure 140 metres high, doubling the height above sea level of the hills alongside the valley of the Stinchar in Ayrshire, for example, there would rightly be an outcry. If I were to kill hundreds of birds of prey every year, there would be outrage. If I were to kill thousands of bats, I would go to jail. How can it be that the wind industry uniquely is allowed to ride roughshod over the environmental rules that protect the rest of us from anyone spoiling the view, killing eagles and pouring concrete into peatland?"

 

by Boris Johnson

"It is a good 20 years since I last drove all the way to Scotland, and in the interim something unbelievable has been done - in our name - to our green, pleasant and precious countryside," he said.

"I mean the windmills, the turbines - whatever they are called. I mean the things that look like some hideous Venusian invasion, marching over the moors and destroying the dales; the colossal seaside toys plonked erratically across our ancient landscape; the endless parade of waving white-armed old lunatics, gesticulating feebly at each other across the fields and the glens.

"They seemed to be everywhere, and I asked myself, when were we consulted? Was there a referendum? Did someone ever warn the British people that these moaning seagull slicers were going to be erected on some of the most sensational scenery that God ever called into being?"

 

From James Lovelock - originator of the Gaia theory

"I am an environmentalist and founder member of the Greens but I bow my head in shame at the thought that our original good intentions should have been so misunderstood.

"We never intended a fundamentalist Green movement that rejected all energy sources other than renewable, nor did we expect the Greens to cast aside our priceless ecological heritage because of their failure to understand that the needs of the Earth are not separable from human needs. We need to take care that the spinning windmills do not become like the statues on Easter Island, monuments of a failed civilization."

 

from "Out and about with Ralph" (Caithness Courier - 25 Jan 12)

The hills have been turned into a man-made industrial estate, covered in gigantic white turning monsters totally destroying any visage of remoteness. Yes, they shout at you, man is master of nature and we mean to show it. Well, any nation which can do this to its landscape loses any right to complain about anything else anyone else does, be it rain-forest removal, strip mining, whaling, deep-sea drilling... this is environmental desecration, destruction and degradation of the worst order.

If I lived in England and saw this advert for arrogance when travelling north I would most certainly speak out in favour of Scottish independence... as in the film, "The Last Great Wilderness", where the Welcome to Scotland sign has been altered to
"Scotland, you're welcome to it!"

 

Sir Bernard Ingham

"They are no good when the wind doesn't blow and they are no good when the wind does blow.
What on earth is the point of them? They represent the most ridiculous waste of people's money."

 

 

Do they really expect us to believe them?

"The Scottish Government will only approve the right wind farm applications in the right places,
and applications that do not meet strict criteria are rejected. Our planning guidance for local authorities makes clear that developments must be carefully sited to mitigate and minimise impacts on local amenity.”

"The Scottish Government will only allow windfarms to be built where the impacts have been found to be acceptable - and unsuitable applications are rejected."

"While Ministers believe it is right to make the most of the opportunities that are offered by our abundant natural energy resources, this must be done in a way that protects the environment and takes account of the views of local communities."

“While we value the contribution well-sited windfarms can make, the Scottish Government is committed to protecting Scotland’s landscape and natural beauty and agree that windfarms should not be built without careful consideration of their potential impact on the environment before any decision is made on whether they should be given the go-ahead.”

"Every application for wind farm development is assessed against local development plan policy and on its merits, taking into account the views of statutory consultees, interested parties, local communities and the public. Unsuitable applications are rejected."

"Scotland has astounding green energy potential and vast natural resources, with a quarter of Europe's offshore wind potential, and we have a responsibility to ensure our nation seizes this opportunity to create tens of thousands of new jobs and secure billions of pounds of investment in our economy. However, any development will be undertaken in a sustainable and informed manner."

"The Scottish Government wants to see the right developments in the right places, and Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale and character of the landscape, as well as being considered environmentally acceptable."

"Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale and character of the landscape and should be considered environmentally acceptable."

 

Ewing's two hats:

Minister for Tourism
"And once people have been enticed north, they can enjoy the peace and quiet and the slower gentler pace that a break here amidst our splendid landscape offers."
Endorsing Year of Natural Scotland in the Inverness Courier

Minister for Energy
"I'm delighted to launch these materials, developed with industry, planning authorities and stakeholders, which aim to make the planning process for wind developments go more smoothly for everyone involved."
Endorsing new Scottish Govt. guidance on wind planning applications

 

Rob Gibson MSP looking two ways:

One way: "Peatlands are vital to the climate change imperative which we now face as they lock away carbon," explained the MSP. "In effect, they are natural carbon sinks - if they dry out and are damaged then they release more carbon into the atmosphere. So to restore those that have been blocked up or dried out will help the environment by reducing the amount of carbon in the country."

The other way: "Gibson argues the Scottish Government faces obstacles domestically as well. Many councils have failed to grasp the nettle on renewables and have allowed nimbyism to take hold of local decision-making. "I'm particularly concerned about the issues that were raised in the Energy Committee's report about our planning system," he says. "It's not going with the thrust of government policy in many council areas, where onshore wind farms in particular don't just fall prey to gross misinformation from objectors - gross misinformation - but also councils that are not prepared to face up to their climate change responsibilities."

Has he been to Camster lately or any of the other sites where peat has been destroyed by windfarms?

 

Quote from Ewing:

"Scotland, under the SNP, will not, does not and cannot rely on renewable energy alone. It will be part of a mix - a balanced mix." The minister said some people might be under the impression that the Nationalists' plan was for "all our lights to be kept on by renewables". He added: "Plainly this is absurd. It's not true and it's important for me to state that this is the case."

 

 

Dangers from wind turbines to:

Communities - one turbine fire and another only days apart
Children in school
Aircraft
Weather forecasting
Underground pipelines
Marine life
Farm birds
Bats
Study: California Wind Power is the Worst For Wildlife
We have to kill eagles in order to save them
But all energy has costs, and the administration has had to accept the not-so-green sides of green energy as a means to an end

Life in the throw zone

First there was a problem with Proven turbines
next blades are flying off Evoco turbines
then Eoltec turbines falling to bits

All these originally had MCS

 

Another turbine fire that could not be put out and set fire to burning brush
just as well it was not in industrial estate or near homes

 


Coldingham turbine collapses and Ardrossan turbine catches fire

Is this why Ardrossan turbine caught fire?

"As a standard precautionary measure, all Infinis staff vacate wind farms when wind speeds exceed
55 mph and therefore no one was present on site at the time of the incident,"
Infinis Energy press release
after Ardrossan
Why are the public not issued with similar warnings?

Is this why turbines fail?

Wind turbine blades fly off in storm

What happens to wind turbines in a storm

 


If windfarms are so safe, why this?


Yet still they site them near people and buildings - see below a turbine in Lowestoft.
Can that really be a gas holder below it?


photo courtesy of Mike Page

 

 

Community Benefit (courtesy Graham Lang)

"Where does Community Benefit come from? From the income of the wind farm.
Where does the income of the wind farm come from? From our electricity bills some of which subsidises wind.
Where does the Community Benefit come from? You and me."

 

 

from Think Scotland

Forgotten communities are left high and dry by wind farms
The hunt for Green October
Winds of Change
Debasing democracy the Salmond way
All at Sea: offshore wind farms will leave Scotland feeling blue
Forget school dinners, Pupils are now being fed propaganda
Modern Environmentalism; people would rather believe than know
See also "Climate Change Heretic" David Bellamy at Buckingham Palace
Opposing a wind farm application needs guts and guile
Wind Energy: Chalk It Up as a Loss

 

 

From the walls of the Scottish Parliament building:

The battle for conservation will go on endlessly.
It is part of the universal battle between right and wrong.

John Muir (1838-1914)

What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) "Inversnaid"

 


FOLLOW THE STORY

 

 

Fire Risks

Full report
Wind turbine fires 'ten times more common than thought', experts warn (Telegraph - 17 Jul 14)
Renewable UK responds (Scottish Energy News - 17 Jul 14)
Fires are a major cause of windfarm failure (ClickGreen - 17 Jul 14)
Fire is a major cause of accidents (Quixote's last Stand - 17 Jul 14)
Fire risk 10 times higher than industry admits (Daily Mail - 17 Jul 14)
Study points to fire-related wind turbine failures (The Engineer - 21 Jul 14)
How often do wind turbines catch fire and does it matter?
(Business Spectator - 21 Jul 14)
Fire chief confirms potential fire danger of wind turbines (Victorville Daily Press - 23 Jul 14)
Research points to serious under-reporting of wind turbine fires (Energy Voice - 5 Aug 14)

 

Lady Clark

Court rules in Viking Energy's favour
Scottish judges give go-ahead
The Judgement
Donald Trump joins legal battle over Shetland windfarm
In environmental justice, the wind still rides roughshod over the rules
Date set for Viking windfarm appeal
Windfarms plan suffers legal setback
Sustainable Shetland claims victory
Government to appeal Viking ruling
Judge rules against Viking windfarm
Scottish government 'failed in nature obligations'
Sustainable Shetland ‘pleased’ as judge rules on Viking wind farm
The Judgement
A brief explanation of the Judge's decision
List of electricity licensees
List of companies applying for licence exemption
Glenmorie Windfarm Public Inquiry (link to all correspondence)
Comment by "Dougal Quixote"
Lord Stephen attacked over windfarm law change

 

BBC Bias

BBC Secrecy over "Green" agenda
The full story of BBC bias with the names revealed
Peter Sissons on BBC bias in 2011
The BBC's dirty little secret
BBC bias more worrying than Savile scandal

SHETLAND

Paul Bloomer - Shetland artist

 

Judge rules against Viking windfarm (Shetland News - 24 Sep 13)
Scottish government 'failed in nature obligations' (BBC News - 24 Sep 13)
Sustainable Shetland ‘pleased’ as judge rules on Viking wind farm (Shetland Times - 24 Sep 13)
The full report

Judicial Review of Viking Windfarm delayed (Shetland Times - 31 Jan 13)
Judicial Review starts on Shetland (Shetland Times - 26 Jan 13)
Court grants protection on costs (Shetland News - 7 Dec 12)
Plans for two new windfarms (Shetland News - 6 Dec 12)
Legal challenge to Viking (Shetland News - 21 Jun 12)
The human impact (Shetland News - 26 Apr 12)
Funding Meeting collapses (Shetland Times - 16 Apr 12)
Battle far from over (Shetland News - 11 Apr 12)
Sustainable Shetland consider Judicial Review (Shetland Times 11 Apr 12)
Bribery (Shetland News - 10 Apr 12)
Bitterness and anger (Shetland Times - 5 Apr 12)
John Muir Trust (4 Apr 12)
RSPB disappointed (forArgyll - 4 Apr 12)
Local reaction (Shetland Times - 4 Apr 12)
Turning Shetland into one large windfarm (Shetland News - 4 Apr 12)
Auditors to investigate compensation liability (Shetland Times - 15 Dec 11)
Danger of Lerwick battery fire (Shetland Times - 25 Nov 11)
Viking windfarm to shrink (Shetland Times - 23 Nov 11)
Windfarms like graffiti (Shetland Times - 1 Nov 11)
Big and ugly things (Shetland Times - 18 Oct 11)
Shetland demands answers (Shetland News - 30 Sep 11)
Council members misled (Shetland News - 31 Aug 11)
No conflict of interest (Scotsman - 31 Aug 11)
Hundreds march against windfarm (Shetland News - 19 Feb 11)
Shetland Councillors
reported to Standards Commission (Shetland Times - 16 Dec 10)
Confusion
over Council meeting (Shetland Times - 6 Dec 10)
RSPB maintain objection
(Shetland Times - 19 Nov 10)
Developer's questionable ethics
(Herald - 19 Nov 10)
Tavish Scott calls for referendum
(Shetland Times - 5 Nov 10)
One of the top ten places on earth to visit for unspoiled beauty (Shetland Times - 3 Nov 10)
Fewer turbines for Shetland but still too many (Press & Journal - 9 Oct 10)
Shameless tactics
(Shetland News - 26 Mar 10)
ASA bans developer's mailout
(Guardian - 11 Nov 09)
Windmills could kill 200,000 birds
(Shetland Times - 1 Oct 09)
Windfarm may still go ahead (Shetland Times - 5 Sep 09)
New hope for Shetland
(ClickGreen - 10 Aug 09)
SEPA
lodges formal objection - windfarm will have negative effect (Shetland Times - 28 Jul 09)
Growing opposition
(Guardian - 28 Jul 09)
Windfarm may release more Co2 than it saves (Scotsman - 25 Jul 09)
RSPB object
(Press & Journal - 25 Jul 09)
John Muir Trust
lodges objection (Shetland Times - 22 Jul 09)
More on conflict of interest (Scotsman - 15 Jul 09)
Councillors cannot make recommendation due conflict of interest (Shetland Times - 12 Jul 09)
3,600 signature petition
handed to Council (Herald - 1 Jul 09)
Petition
reaches 3,500 (BBC - 10 Jun 09)
Call to extend consultation
(BBC - 2 Jun 09)
Shetland threatened by huge windfarm (Guardian - 20 May 09)

 

News Archive

 


PETITIONS

 

Petition to Salmond and Ewing

"Stop the reckless siting of wind turbines in Scotland's scenic landscapes"

John Muir Trust Wild Land Campaign

 

CONSULTATIONS

 

 

Public Engagement for Wind Turbine Proposals - Good Practice Guidance Consultation
Petition to Scottish Parliament
Summary
Links to Consultation and Respondent Form
Deadline to respond - 15 December

 

 

Mapping Scotland's wildness and wild land - Consultation on Core Areas of Wild Land 2013 Map

 

Highland Wide Local Development Plan - Intention to Adopt

 

National Planning Framework 3 - Scottish Planning Policy Consultation

 

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON COMMUNITY BENEFIT

Deadline to respond Friday 17 January

Information Document

 

Consultation paper setting out proposals for a revised section on
'Sustainability and Planning' in Scottish Planning Policy

Closes 16 December

 

SNH Consultation on Core Areas of Wild Land 2013 Map

Closes 20 December

 

Planning Scotland's Seas Consultation

Consultation closes 13 November

See Current Proposals for details of Beatrice and Moray Firth offshore windfarms

 

PLANNING

 

Separation Distances - Important clarification from the Scottish Government

Scottish Planning Policy 6 (SPP6) eases the passage of windfarm applications through the system by opening up opportunities which were formerly no-go areas. Determining Authorities are under pressure to meet Scottish Government targets and these targets are being given priority over the lives of ordinary people unfortunate enough to live close to a windfarm proposal. SPP6 contains important but neglected Guidance under "Communities" in Annex A on proximity of windfarms to dwellings and on residential amenity.

CWIF is a member of the networking organisation Stop Highland Windfarms Campaign (SHWC). SHWC wrote to Mr Jim Mather, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism and asked for clarification. As a result, in a letter to SHWC, the Directorate for the Built Environment has now clarified the proximity issue and reaffirmed the terms of SPP6 in respect of residential amenity. The correspondence was also sent to the Director of Planning & Development at Highland Council.

The relevant paragraph says this: "The 2km separation distance is intended to recognise that, in relation to local communities, visual impacts are likely to be a prominent feature and this should be taken into account when identifying the most suitable search areas. However, impacts will clearly vary considerably depending on the scale of projects and the proposed location. That is why SPP6 confirms that, in all instances, proposals should not be permitted if they would have a significant long term detrimental impact on the amenity of people living nearby. This principle applies to houses within and outwith 2km of the proposed development and regardless of whether they are single dwellings or part of a settlement."

Click here to read the questions and answers in full.

The above applied briefly in 2009 but was overturned by SPP in 2010 so no longer applies.

 

 

Cumulative Landscape and Visual Assessment of Wind Energy in Caithness

Report for Highland Council by Land Use Consultants

(warning - not all windfarm details are accurate)

 

 

Guidance on the Role of Councillors in Pre-Application Procedures

 

Review of Scottish Planning Policy

CWIF’s response commences:
"Scottish Ministers’ expectations are not being fulfilled but that is not necessarily the fault of Local Authorities. In respect of wind development, the Scottish Government has failed to provide a consistent lead in spatial policy and by frequently changing the guidelines for Local Authorities has created a situation whereby development which is clearly inappropriate is allowed. This is followed by an assessment of the present situation in Highland Council’s Planning Department which “is probably reflected across Scotland”.

 

House of Lords Private Member's Bill
Wind Turbines (Minimum Distance from Residential Premises) Bill
Sponsor: Lord Reay
Hansard report
Committee Stage t.b.a.

House of Commons Private Member's Bill
Onshore Wind Turbines (Proximity of Habitation) Bill

Sponsor: Chris Heaton-Harris
Hansard report
Second Reading delayed - no further date


Wind Farms - Distance from Housing
Report from House of Commons Library - 30 January 2012


Scottish Natural Heritage -
Siting and Designing Windfarms in the Landscape

 

Highland Council considers VisitScotland presentation on Highland Tourism
see Item 3. on the Agenda and other items of interest
This meeting is webcast

Highland Council Planning Policies and Guidance for onshore wind energy
Webcast of the meeting of the Planning, Environment and Development Committee 17 Nov 10

N.B. Item 10

Highland Council Special Landscape Area Citations

Highland Council Green Networks

Details of Beauly Denny PI and Decision
(this looks likely to affect windfarm planning)

Windfarms - Distance from Housing (House of Commons Library - 8 Jan 10)

A Guide to the Planning System in Scotland (3 Aug 09)

Climate Change (Scotland) Bill granted Royal Assent (5 Aug 09)

Scottish Government Renewables Action Plan (1 Jul 09)

Scottish Government National Planning Framework 2 now published
see also:

document - draft Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy


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Duncansby Stacks - Photo: Ben MacGregor

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Wind energy cannot provide what is known as "base load", therefore it cannot replace any of the secure supplies currently available. Proliferation of wind turbines severely degrades our local environment for no perceptible advantage.



Buolfruich Windfarm from Scaraben - Photo: Ben MacGregor

Caithness Windfarm Information Forum wants to see responsible Local and National energy policies which combine reliable, controllable and predictable low carbon energy supplies with adequate protection of our fragile environment, countryside and communities.

 

The montage below compares the Test & Trials Facility at Janetstown (27m high), Dunnet Church (12m high), a proposed Strathy North Turbine (110m high), and an existing Forss turbine (78m high).



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