Wind farms are being pushed through planning by the Scottish Government across vast areas of the country as ministers regularly overrule local decision-makers. Official figures reveal major turbines have even been approved in areas designated “wild lands” under new national conservation plans. The Scottish Government has been accused of showing “contempt for local democracy” as it pursues an “obsession” with Green energy sources. But ministers insist they always consider local opinions and decisions are reached in line with clear guidelines. Two-thirds of wind farm developments, which are rejected by local councils, have then been pushed through by Scottish ministers on appeal.
Scotsman 1st Aug 2017 read more »
Over the past year, 17 wind farm applications have been refused by Scotland’s local authorities. After appeal to the Scottish Government, 11 of these 17 were approved. The latest numbers, revealed today in this newspaper, have understandably prompted concerns over local democracy. Councils, who should understand the local area and the arguments best of all, are having their wishes overturned. Opposition parties, as well as groups opposed to wind farms, are crying foul. But a few points are worth considering. Firstly, it is not just wind farm planning decisions which are being overturned.
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