Scottish council rejects 49-MW Community Windpower project
Wind park in Scotland. Author: Ian Dick. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.
Scotland's Dumfries and Galloway council this week turned down plans by Community Windpower Ltd for the construction of a 14-turbine wind farm.
The 49-MW Spango project has been recommended for rejection by council planners after objections from organisations such as RSPB Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
The council cited the project's adverse impact on areas designated for breeding and non-breeding birds and upland habitats, and the wind turbines' adverse visual effect among the reasons for refusing planning permission.
Animal charity RSPB Scotland welcomed the decision as extremely good news and said that the plans had threatened to damage an internationally important wildlife site.
Community Windpower refiled its planning application for the project at the end of 2014 after its original plan was withdrawn in July due to environmental issues. RSPB Scotland has said the second application was virtually identical with the first one but for the relocation of one turbine.