Wind Farms

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 7th February 2011.

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Photo of Peter Peacock Peter Peacock Labour

Question S3W-39110

To ask the Scottish Executive on what basis the Dunbeath wind farm application was referred to a public local inquiry.

Photo of Jim Mather Jim Mather Scottish National Party

Among other concerns raised, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), a statutory consultee, objected to the proposal and did not withdraw their objection. SNH highlighted concerns about significant adverse impacts on key landscape characteristics of the area and visual amenity. Scottish Ministers determined that in this instance a public local inquiry is the only way to ensure that concerns raised by SNH and others are properly weighed against local and broader economic benefits, the need to generate renewable electricity and wider public interests.

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