Tuesday, 4 December 2012

More turbines than we need?

I have just read here that:

...A Freedom of Information request by the Scottish Conservatives has revealed that 5,528 applications for turbines have been made to the country’s planning authorities over the last five years - the equivalent of about five a day.


According to the figures, only 790 applications were submitted in the seven years between 1999 and 2006, under the previous Labour administration, marking a seven-fold rise since Alex Salmond became First Minister in May 2007.

I have also just read here that:

...RWE npower renewables' attempts to overturn through judicial review the council’s supplementary planning document  (SPD) on the minimum distance requirements between wind turbines and homes will be given a court hearing, according to the firm.
The SDP (sic) says that wind turbines above 25 metres in height must be positioned at least 350 metres from residential dwellings, with the separation distance increasing to 1 kilometre for turbines higher than 100 metres.If the turbine is shorter than 25 meters, there is no minimum distance requirement, the document adds.
But RWE believe the SDP is contrary to both national guidance and the council’s own policies and has not been through the correct consultation and scrutiny processes.
In September, RWE, which has applications for two wind farms in the Milton Keynes area, threatened legal action if the council did not withdraw the SPD.

I am not sure what the situation is in Scotland re the distance of turbines from residences