The Energy Consents Unit
5 Cadogan Street
G2 6AT Jan 2008
For the attention of Mr Paul Smith (Case officer for the application)
Planning Application to erect a further 15 x 406 foot windturbines plus 3
x 357 foot windturbines at Cairn Uish (Rothes)
I would like to register an objection to the above application for the following
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Some of the reasons for objecting are below.
1. This wind farm is proven to be only 25% efficient in terms of the actual
electricity generated compared to its theoretical capacity. (Actual OFGEM
figures). This is a bit like saying that for 9 months of the year it does nothing.
As a tax payer I object to the government wasting my money on such
2. Adding extra turbines will contribute to the unacceptable cumulative impact
of the windfarms in, bordering on and planned for Moray with the very real
threat of damage to our tourism industry which does create real jobs and local
3 Moray has more than contributed to the Scottish Executive renewable
targets. There are currently over 10% of all the turbines in Scotland in the
4. The site is over 900 feet above sea level and 18 additional turbines, 15 of
which are 80 feet taller than Big Ben and would have an unacceptable visual
impact and loss of amenity for a large part of Moray.
5. If consented, this windfarm would seriously affect the water catchment for
the River Lossie and put at risk the salmon and sea trout breeding grounds.
There are scientific studies into the damage caused by construction on peat
moorland that show there is a real risk.
6. The damage to the peat structure would release huge amounts of carbon
dioxide. Scientific analysis at places on Dava Moor, show that up to 50% of
the dry weight of the peat is stored carbon.
7. Any carbon dioxide savings claimed by the developer would be irrelevant in
terms of climate change.
8. It contravenes Moray‘s Structure Plan in that it would not „maintain and
improve the natural and built environment‟
9. It contravenes SPP1 which emphasises the need for “minimising
Greenfield development”, “conserving important historic and cultural
assets”, “protecting and enhancing areas for recreation and natural
heritage”, and states “Environmental justice requires us to recognise the
cumulative impact of environmental disbenefits and work towards
ensuring people do not have to live in degraded surroundings”.
10: Self catering / B&B businesses
I run a small self catering business and if you look at our web site, you can see how
much importance is placed on the natural environment and beautiful scenery as our
countryside is vital for attracting visitors to Scotland and there are hundreds of other
small businesses like myself all working to bring people to Scotland generating real
revenues and real jobs.
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