Thanks to one of our site commentators, we have learned that another set of turbines have been approved that will affect the Cowdenbeath area and will possibly have a cumulative impact on the Lochgelly area.
The comment that alerted us was;
Two 100 metre wind turbines have just been approved as a delegated decision – ie it never went to Committee – beside the Mossmorran Works. Were the local communities consulted?
None of our volunteers had heard anything about the planned turbines, and speaking with one of our Community Councillors, they could not recall any planning consultation for the wind turbines appearing at the Community Council meetings.
We’ve contacted a member of the Lochgelly Community Development Forum, and they were also unaware of any pending planning applications for the turbines at Mossmorran.
After doing a quick search, now that we have been made aware of the turbines, we found the website of the developer; Airvolution Energy, and they have had their planning application approved in January 2012 to build 2 x 100metre turbines in close proximity to the plant.
What is of great concern over this development, apart from the fact that there does not appear to have been any proper public consultation carried out (that we are aware of), is that it is being built in very close proximity to Mossmorran and Little Raith Wind Farm, which SEPA has already expressed concerns, regarding how benzene may be distributed in higher concentration levels in the local communities, and now we have another 2 very large turbines contributing to this.
SEPA had discussed their concerns with the University of Glasgow’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, a 12 page report was produced which concluded:
..the environmental protection agencies are justified in their concerns regarding the placement of wind turbines near to industrial plants, and strongly suggests that the interaction between wind turbines and gas plumes should be investigated further in order to quantify clearly the risks associated with future strategies regarding the use of land near to industrial sites.
Having only just finding out about these latest turbines, we have not had the time to fully research all the documentation. Over the next few days we will be doing some research and will report back on anything we find. Thank you to the commentator for alerting us and our other site users.
We are very concerned that the local area is quickly becoming encircled by inappropriate wind farm developments that have the potential to lower our air quality and potentially put more people at risk from benzene emitted at the Mossmorran plant.
You can learn more about Airvolution Energy and this specific project at: http://www.airvolution-projects.com/AirvolutionData/projectDetails.asp
To view all the documentation on the Fife Council planning website please visit: http://planning.fife.gov.uk/online/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=LJ4D8THF03700