The Ministry of Defence is “under attack” from wind farms, according to newly released documents that show that the agency raises formal concerns over proposed sites in Scotland at least once a week on average. Defence officials have objected to schemes or sought assurances that they will not interfere with national security on 345 occasions since 2016, the equivalent of 69 every year. Wind farm opponents argue that the government agency faces an onslaught of applications across the country, many of which involve “mega-turbines” more than 200m tall that can pose a risk to aircraft and affect military radar. To raise questions over a proposed wind farm or challenge the development, the MoD must often draft a letter to local authority planners or Scottish government officials, which takes up time and resources. Wind farm opponents argue that developers — who stand to reap huge profits over a wind farm’s average 25-year life span — should pay the costs.
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