Parliament petitioned on wind farm planning process

WIND farm protestors in the Lammermuirs have moved to the next stage of their fight to stop the march of turbines across the hills on the Berwickshire/East Lothian border, and have had a petition accepted by the Scottish Parliament's Petitions Committee.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 23rd June 2010, 11:50 am
Updated Wednesday, 23rd June 2010, 11:50 am

Within hours of the petition going on-line it had over 300 signatures, among them the Duke of Westminster.

The Duke of Northumberland has already indicated his opposition to the proposed 48 turbine wind farm North British Windpower propose putting on the Duke of Roxburgh's land at Fallago Rig and the national press is homing in on the ducal battle that is starting to emerge.

Local protestors have also managed to raise the profile of their battle by getting environmentalist David Bellamy on board and he led 350 people on a ten mile walk through the Lammermuirs which organiser Mark Rowley said "touched a nerve", adding: "The unspoiled core of the Lammermuir Hills is all that remains untouched by wind turbines in this area."

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The 'Say No to Fallago' group and their website - savethelammermuirs.com - say of the growing number of windfarms in the Lammermuirs: "They are now on a monstrous scale, bringing vast disruption to the landscape.

"This will never be reversed if allowed to go any further.

"The cumulative impact on the local area is massive, taken along with other existing industrial plants.

"Creeping yet rampant industrialisation is destroying this beautiful coastal region.

"The visual impact is already truly shocking, with massive turbines 125 metres (410 feet) high, visible from hundreds of square miles all over Scotland and Northumberland.

"The planning process via which these applications are being ushered through is scandalous.

"The basic tenets of the UK's planning laws are being ignored in the Scottish Government's quest for a higher renewables rate than anyone else."

And it is this criticism of the planning process that is at the heart of the petition raised last week by Tessa Packard on behalf of Black Mountain Farms, Faccombe Estates, Horseupcleugh Estate, Burncastle Estate and Cranshaws and Longformacus Community Council.

In a brief response to this latest development, Chris Shaw of North British Windpower said: "It is not for us to question the legally-established planning system or challenge the policies of the elected Government