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There are still FOUR Industrial Wind planning applications live in Moray, all of which YOU can continue to influence

Save Wild Moray has now engaged an experienced Planning Consultant (Ian Kelly) to ensure that each application is professionally scrutinised and Developers and other vested interests are taken to task on every element of their destructive plans. Ian has had much success in other campaigns across Scotland and his involvement is a game changer for us.

Pauls Hill 2 - is the principle focus at this time, with a Public Hearing scheduled between 2-6 September 2019. This will see Moray Council (who have formally objected to this proposal on behalf of the people of Moray, Save Wild Moray and several local businesses and individuals who’s homes will be permanently blighted by Pauls Hill 2 lined up against a phalanx of lawyers and consultants brought up from the South. It is a one sided battle and yet there is every prospect that “right will out” and the Developers will be sent packing, despite their rich arsenal & political patronage. The schedule has been fixed since the pre hearing earlier this year and within that there is a Public session on the evening of Thur 05 September, where local businesses & individuals can express their concerns directly to the Reporter. Please let us know before the end of July if you’d like to join others speaking at this session. Alternatively do please come along on that evening and hear what is being said and express your support through your very presence, so the Reporter can be left in no doubt as to local sentiment on this issue. This session will be held at Edinvillie Community Hall near Aberlour (NB NOT Edinkillie near Dunphail) at approximately 1700 on 05 Sep 2019.

Clashgour Campaign (48 turbines up to 175m) - Moray Council has lodged a formal objection to this development, which will now be considered by the Scottish Government by means of a Public Hearing. We’ll keep you posted on when that might be. In the meantime, although the pubic consultation window has theoretically closed we would recommend you submit an objection nevertheless, if you havn’t already.

Rothes 3 (29 turbines, the majority up to 225 metres tall…..!!!) - right next to Clashgour. Massive cumulative impact. Visible over much of Speyside as well as across huge areas of Moray generally. Moray Council has also lodged a formal objection to this development as have the Cairngorm National Park Authority and others. It will also be considered by the Scottish Government through a Public Hearing and we’ll keep you posted on when that might be. In the meantime, although the pubic consultation window has theoretically closed we would recommend you submit an objection nevertheless, if you havn’t already.

Berry Burn 2 is still in the scoping stage but its expected the Developers will submit a planning application before the end of 2019, which we will review and provide a response template for people to adapt as they wish. It would be nice to think that Developers would go out of their way to facilitate the fullest possible Public Engagement but we wouldn’t hold out much hope for that. If past form is anything to go by the application will be launched in early December, ensuring that the Pubic response window is complicated by the run up to Christmas and the New Year holidays. True colours and all that? Lets see.

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Regardless of the above, please do email your local Moray representatives to ensure they’re aware of your concerns over inappropriate Renewables development in our wild areas. In the past Richard Lochhead has maintained he’s not receiving much negative opinion regarding Wind Farms across Moray (really??) so PLEASE put that right NOW and copy Douglas Ross & Jamie Halcro Johnston so they too are aware.

Email Richard Lochhead - MSP for Moray. email here and copy in Douglas Ross - MP for Moray. email here and Jamie Halcro Johnston - MSP for Highlands & Islands email here

Likewise our County Councillors & Community Councillors MUST hear from you or some will continue to be ambivalent towards Industrial wind in Moray - see the contacts below in Campaign Locally

Email your Community Councillors, County Councillors, Moray Planning Committee members, Moray’s MP & MSP and make your views known - names & contact details below

Rothes 3 Objection Letter

If you can do nothing else - at least SEND A FORMAL OBJECTION LETTER as belowOne for each adult in the family

Below is a suggested template. It can obviously be topped / tailed or completely rewritten as you wish. We suggest cut & pasting the below on to an email to representations@gov.scot - if you’re happy to, please bcc hub@savewildmoray.comso we can ensure nothing ‘gets lost’ at the Energy Consents Unit end.

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SEND TO: 

The Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit

4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay

150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU

representations@gov.scot

DATE: ...............................

 

RE: PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF ROTHES III WIND FARM, MORAY ECU 00000474

 I would like to OBJECT to the above proposal to construct 29 large scale up to 225m high wind turbines on the following grounds:

 1. The proposal is contrary to Moray Local Plan ER1- criteria (iii) - “they avoid or address any unacceptable significant adverse impact including:- landscape and visual impacts, impact on peat land hydrology, ecological impact, impact on tourism and recreational interest"

 2. The proposal will potentially add to the adverse, cumulative visual impact of an estimated 273 large scale turbines from operational wind farms and 5 in planning on the upland landscape of the west Moray Moors, and will potentially result in skylines dominated by large wind turbines on the Malt Whisky Trail’s B9010 Upper Knockando to Dallas Road, B9102, B9010, A95 and A941.

 4. The proposed 29 giant turbines will potentially add cumulatively to the erosion of Moray’s wild land qualities in the uplands as well as adverse visual impact on protected areas attractive to tourism, specifically Moray landmark hills Ben Rinnes and Ben Aigan, Speyside AGLV, the candidate AGLVs of Ben Rinnes and Spey Valley, Cairngorm National Park, and popular recreational routes including the Malt Whisky Trail, the Speyside Way and Dava Way. 

 5. The proposal will potentially add cumulatively to the destruction of peat land carbon sinks valuable in their own right as entrenched carbon mitigation and to the degradation of diverse natural habitat detrimental to upland breeding birds and rare birds of prey including the goshawk, merlin and hen harrier. 

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS (it helps to add something here)

 

 

SIGNATURE ..........................................................................................................................

 

NAME (IN BLOCK CAPITALS)..............................................................................................

 

FULL POSTAL ADDRESS………………………………………………………………………………………….

EMAIL .......................................................................................………………………………………

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Clashgour Objection Letter

Below is a suggested template. It can obviously be topped / tailed or completely rewritten as you wish. We suggest cut & pasting the below on to an email to representations@gov.scot - if you’re happy to, please bcc hub@savewildmoray.comso we can ensure nothing ‘gets lost’ at the Energy Consents Unit end.


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SEND TO:    

The Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit

4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay

150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU

representations@gov.scot

 DATE: ...........................................

 RE: PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF CLASH GOUR WIND FARM, MORAY – ECU 00000738 / APPLICANT’S CASE REF NO:- 405.06026.00001

I would like to object to the above proposal to construct 48 large scale (up to 176m) high wind turbines on the following grounds:

1. The proposal is contrary to Moray Local Plan ER1- criteria (iii) - “they avoid or address any unacceptable significant adverse impact including:- landscape and visual impacts, impact on peat land hydrology, ecological impact, impact on tourism and recreational interest"

2. Within a 7 mile radius of the site, the proposal would potentially add to the adverse, cumulative visual impact of an estimated 273 large scale turbines from operational wind farms and 5 in planning on the upland landscape of the westMoray Moors from upper Knockando to the Dava Moor SLA. Approval of this application would potentially result in skylines dominated by large wind turbines on the Malt Whisky Trail’s B9010 Upper Knockando - Dallas Road to Forres, B9102, A95, A96, A941 as well as on the Highland Tourist Route A939 and A940 to Dava and Dava scenic gateway to Moray.

3. The proposed 48 giant turbines will potentially add cumulatively to the erosion of Moray’s wild land qualities in the uplands and adverse visual impact on protected areas attractive to tourism specifically the AGLVs of Speyside and River Findhorn, the candidate AGLVs of Ben Rinnes and Spey Valley, the Drynachan, Lochindorb and Dava Moors SLA, Cairngorm National Park, Malt Whisky Trail, Highland Tourist Trail and two of Scotland’s Great Trails, Dava Way and Speyside Way. 

4. The proposal will potentially add cumulatively to the destruction of peat land, a national asset in climate change mitigation and to the degradation of diverse natural habitat detrimental to rare upland raptors like the merlin, osprey, goshawk and hen harrier. 

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

 

 

 

SIGNATURE ...............................................................................................

NAME (IN BLOCK CAPITALS) ...............................................................…

 

FULL POSTAL ADDRESS: ………………………………………………………………..

EMAIL: .......................................................................................……………..

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Campaign locally - ensure Morays political representatives hear our voice

Moray Council

Know your own Moray County Councillor

See who sits on the Moray Planning Committee & email them all individually if you can.

Moray’s Local Community Councils

Map of Moray Community Council Areas - know your own Community Ward

Contact Details for Moray Community Councillors - know your own Community Councillor & email them all individually if you can.

Moray’s National Politicians

Douglas Ross - MP for Moray. email here

Richard Lochhead - MSP for Moray. email here

Jamie Halcro Johnston - MSP for Highlands & Islands email here


The Save Wild Moray team can be contacted on: hub@savewildmoray.com