Plans lodged for 125-metre wind turbine
Published 13 Aug 2012 09:20 1 Comment
PLANS have been submitted to erect a wind turbine near Blairhall which would be bigger than the giant FMC structure that now dominates the West Fife skyline.
Edinburgh-based renewable energy developers Energy Merchants (Lockshaw Moss) Ltd have applied for planning permission to put up the 125-metre turbine on land adjacent to the Lockshaw Moss raised bog, 2km northwest of the village.
At 410ft, the turbine would be more than twice the height of the Scott Monument. It would have a capacity of around two megawatts and stand for 25 years, before being decommissioned.
The plans include a control building, underground electricity cable and access track.
The developers are "amenable" to the idea of a community benefit fund - an amount of £3000 per megawatt has been proposed per year, totalling £6000 annually or £150,000 over 25 years, to benefit local community groups.
At the nearest point, the turbine lies just over 190 metres from the Lockshaw Mosses Site of Special Scientific Interest, which birds, small mammals such as bats, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates use for cover, shelter and feeding.
However, in a supporting statement, agents LoganPM said the turbine would have "no adverse impact on the habitats and species, and integrity of the SSSI".
It added that a community consultation held earlier in May had revealed that the turbine "was fairly acceptable but that widespread proliferation of wind turbine schemes across West Fife would not be welcomed".
The report said the proposal also "meets recognised noise guidelines" and said a study has predicted that "the overall character and quality of the landscape within the study area will not be significantly adversely impacted by the proposed development".
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Aug 18, 10:41
Come on Fife Council, (and the people of Fife), get a grip on these monstrosities. It is bad enough that they desecrate some of our finest countryside with their presence but allowing the wind turbine at FMC was a huge mistake for the area, so surely to allow an even larger structure in the area is a step to far.
People need to know the truth about these vile structures in terms of their actual generating outputs before going all gooey and green, they are not efficient, they are not green and the companies that build them make huge sums of money from them, not from what is generated, (trust me on this I know and have seen the facts, not a snapshot but the full picture over a number of years), but from the huge subsidies that are given by the Government even when these ugly giants sit idle.
A reality check here people, the Government paying these subsidies means us, at least all the taxpayers amongst us.
Perhaps there is a benefit from multiple and huge offshore farms, the wind blows somewhere most of the time but as for single giants slapped in areas of high population, they are an insult to our eyes and to our intelligence. We get told how many houses these things can light, key word, can but only as, if and when the correct wind blows, to low and they can't generate, to high, likewise but make no mistake even when the wrong wind blows, we pay for them and that is a bad wind for us all.
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