Why we are doing what we are doing

This site has been created because we are concerned about inappropriately large wind turbines.

We are not anti-wind or anti-renewables and we haven't objected to the smaller developments in the area. However, recently there have been projects at various stages of planning that are three and four times the size of any of the turbines that are currently in the area. Unlike the existing Turbine projects, these benefit the few, to the massive detriment of the community.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Latest map of Turbines around Dunfermline

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Plans for Dunfermline to be surrounded by 100m+ (330ft) Wind Turbines

A series of plans have recently been submitted that could see Dunfermline being surrounded by giant Wind Turbines.  Partnership for Renewables, working with The Forestry Commission, announced this week that they are planning approximately 30 turbines, 125m tall at two sites close to Dunfermline at Blairadam and Devilla Forests as well as large single turbines at Dean Plantation, Carnock and Tullylumb, Cardenden. Additionally, London based firm, WindFuture Ltd has recently submitted plans for 4 x 125m turbines at Keirsbeath, Halbeath, not to mention the 100m Turbine at FMC in Pitreavie, upon which work has recently commenced.

Andrew Turner, of the Dunfermline based environmental group, SPOT Fife commented
“Decisions will be made in the coming months by Councillors and Planners which will determine whether or not Dunfermline will be part of a Wind Turbine landscape, surrounded by more than 40 Turbines, each much taller than the Wallace Monument; potentially undermining all the good work done in recent years to attract visitors to the area. It is hoped that Planners and Councillors will see the value in Dunfermline’s ancient heritage and surrounding landscape and reject these unsuitable proposals. 

 “It is disappointing that the tax-payer-funded Forestry Commission appears unconcerned, that their Wind Farm plans affect locations, identified by Fife Council, as being unsuitable for Wind Turbines; and additionally they are located in landscape areas classified as being Areas of Great Landscape Value (AGLVs).”

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Update of the North Fife Map

This is the latest map of the area, with the following additions:

Blairadam 70m anemometry mast
Dean Plantation 70m anemometry mast
Hilltop Farm 2 x 130m Wind Turbines
Craigluscar Tank House 27m Turbine

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Fife Council releases new policy guidelines on Wind Energy

Spot Fife has given a warm welcome to the new policy guidelines referring to Wind Energy. We believe it provides the Planners with a set of tools to properly scrutinise potential developments with small numbers of medium sized turbines, however we are concerned about the minimum distance between a turbine and a dwelling being only 10 rotor diameters to protect from shadow flicker. We have found no research to provide the efficacy of this rather arbitrary measurement, in fact there is plenty of research that shows this does not provide enough protection to householders.

To find out more, you can download the guidelines here:

Newington Farm wind turbine rejected (The Courier)

The construction of a wind turbine north of Cupar has been prevented after those behind it refused to provide councillors with further details of the potential for noise nuisance.

The Browns, of Inverdovat Farm, Newport, wanted planning permission for a 41.5m turbine at Newington Farm, near Luthrie. Electricity from the turbine would have been used for farm cold stores, with surplus sold to the national grid. However, the application was knocked back by Fife Council's north-east Fife area committee, which was told that the information it requested a month ago about acoustics at the nearest residential properties had been declined.

Howe of Fife and Tay Coast councillor David MacDiarmidproposed the turbine should not be built as it could createnoise nuisance, would harm the landscape and impact visual amenity.

He said, "We asked for more further noise information, the applicant has refused and we are being asked to put through this wind turbineapplication."I still don't think we have the information we need."

Cupar councillor Roger Guy said, "I find it difficult to see why we are proceeding with this application without sufficient information on noise." After being asked to provide more specific data after a meeting last month, the applicants simply referred to wind turbine guidance for turbines of that category.

Planner Mary Stewart told the committee that that guidance had been followed and that the councillors' request was above and beyond what was normally expected.
Her department recommended that consent be given with a condition that the turbine operated below a set noise level.

Creich and Flisk Community Council was pleased with the outcome.
Chairman Alan Evans said, "Although potential noise nuisance was considered important, it was the effect of this sizable structure on the sensitive rural landscape around Moonzie and also on the adjacent Tay coast special landscape area which seemed to sway the committee.

"The overriding consideration when judging development proposals in designated landscape areas is that they must either maintain or enhance the landscape and in this case that clearly could not be achieved with a structure of this size at this exposed site."
He added, "It was noted that the proposal breached many of Fife Council's own planning policies and we are very pleased that councillors used this as an effective tool to maintain the unspoilt landscape character of this area."

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Wind industry and Decc urged to come clean on output of wind farms - theecologist.org 4/5/11

With a new analysis showing UK wind farms operating at just 20 per cent of their capacity in 2010, the potential of wind power has been called into question. Eifion Rees examines the arguments from both sides

The efficacy of wind power has been called into question by a new report suggesting wind turbines are not living up to their billing by government and industry. Opponents are now urging both to make public data they hold on wind power.

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