Fife Council to ask for a moratorium
The leader of Fife Council is to ask the Scottish Government to approve a moratorium on all wind applications in Fife while it consults local communities on views on whether its “area of search” policy for wind developments is working.
The council have been receiving four or five applications a week for some years now, and Alex Rowley claims that:
“At the moment too many developers are simply being opportunistic with applications for areas that are not appropriate for wind turbines, which is taking up valuable planning time,” said Rowley.
He goes on to say that:
“Despite this, our teams are dealing with all applications professionally and as efficiently as possible, taking into consideration all the relevant policies and guidance as well as any objections that come our way. There are also often complex environmental appraisals to be considered as part of this work.”
The council’s executive committee meets next Monday to consider a report on planning policy for wind farm developments and to discuss the way forward.
“At the end of the day we need a planning and policy framework in place that is respected by developers and enforced at government level,” said Rowley.
Meanwhile, in Aberdeenshire a councillor has claimed that applications for wind turbines are overwhelming communities. Peter Argyle also says applications should be put on hold for six months to give councils ‘time and space to take stock’. Mr. Argyle also stated that his authority had received about 800 applications for onshore turbines in 14 months. He wants the Scottish Government to waive the rule giving applicants the right to appeal to ministers if their plans are not determined by councillors in two months.