Another Wind Farm scoping application has been submitted to Fife Council, this time for a 98 metre turbine (321 feet), which is bigger than the Scott’s Monument (200 feet) by 121 feet.
The developer is Lomond Energy Ltd and the turbine will be located within close proximity of the Mossmorran chemical plant.
A potential visual impact map has also been included in the application for a 30km radius, which shows Lochgelly, Cowdenbeath and Lumphinnans will be visually impacted upon. The visual impact assessment also shows that the turbine will be visible from as far as Edinburgh and Livingston.
There is also the visual cumulative impact to consider with Little Raith Wind Farm currently being built (9 industrial turbines), Hilton of Beath Wind Farm seeking consent for 6 industrial turbines (if local rumours are correct, this could be 18 industrial turbines), Mossmorran Wind Farm with 2 industrial turbines already consented to (wrongfully by Fife Council), with the developer (Airvolution Energy) submitting plans for an additional 2 larger turbines, and another 14 industrial turbines being planned at Blairadam Forest.
All our open countryside in the local area is going to be saturated with industrial turbines and no matter where you look in Lochgelly you will see large wind turbines, all larger than Scott’s Monument.
SEPA have already raised concerns that Industrial turbines in close proximity to Mossmorran may increase local concentrations of Benzene, a known carcinogen, emitted from the plant, which resulted in the University of Glasgow publishing research which concludes;
The velocity deficit downwind of the wind turbine influences the rate at which the plume propagates downwind, and results in an increase in the concentration of plume material (which may include pollutant gas and particulates) around the wind turbine….. …..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.
Yet despite this research, Little Raith was still approved and Fife Council approved another 2 turbines at Mossmorran, and this latest application has had the scoping request approved.
Dishonest Planning Applications?
When Little Raith Wind Farm first submitted their planning application, it was for 7x100m turbines, once approved, they increased the amount of turbines and the turbine height to 125 metres.
When Airvolution Energy submitted their first planning application it was for 2x100m industrial turbines, since it has been approved, they have now submitted new plans to develop 2x125m industrial turbines. The developer has stated they will not build the 100m turbines if their new application is approved.
Banks Renewables submitted plans for 6x125m turbines in 2010 (yet told the Community Council they have not submitted any applications), and if local rumours are correct, they will be seeking to increase the amount of turbines up to 18.
Developers of Industrial Turbines are chasing subsidies, this is where most of their profit comes from (and constraint payments), and that is why they often get smaller developments approved, but before construction work begins, submit new plans to increase turbine heights and the amount of turbines.
Since prior applications have been approved, the developer can argue that the increase in turbines and height will not have that much of an increased impact on the local areas, which is why most revised applications are approved.
We can guarantee that if this plan is approved, the next step for the developer will be to submit an additional plan to either build more turbines and/or increase the turbine height. There is many examples of this all across communities over Scotland.
Unfortunately, the scoping application has been approved which requires an Environmental Impact Assessment (which is written by the developers), but if you want to follow the application, you can view it at: http://planning.fife.gov.uk/online/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=M27DZOHF01A00