Council opposes Vattenfall’s 170-MW wind project in Scotland
Jul 7, 2014 - East Ayrshire Council has recommended for rejection the 170-MW South Kyle wind scheme of Swedish utility Vattenfall in southwestern Scotland, the authority said on Friday.
The opinion of the planning committee is based on concerns that the wind power facility will ruin the landscape and have a negative effect on tourism.
The final say on the project will come from the Scottish government. The plan recently received a conditional approval by the council of the neighbouring district of Dumfries and Galloway .
The GBP-190-million (USD 326m/EUR 240m) scheme envisages the deployment of 50 turbines of 149.5 metres (490 ft) height, 30 of which are to be installed in East Ayrshire and the remaining 20 in Dumfries and Galloway. It will also require clearance of 930 ha (2,300 acres) of forestry.
The council admits that the South Kyle wind farm will bring employment and add generating capacity but considers that the adverse impact outweighs the benefits.
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