It’s a no go for Sandy Knowe wind farm, says Scotland

A proposed wind farm has been refused planning permission because it will have a visual impact on the area. Scottish Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing, today, said no to the 30 […]

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By Taryn Nixon

A proposed wind farm has been refused planning permission because it will have a visual impact on the area.

Scottish Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing, today, said no to the 30 turbine farm which would have been located in Upper Nithsdale, Dumfries and Galloway.

The Energy Minister agreed with Scottish Natural Heritage who raised concerns over the cumulative impact it would have on the landscape and its visual effect on the area.

Mr Ewing said: “I have refused permission for the proposed Sandy Knowe wind farm, which would have had an unacceptable landscape and visual impact, in the Dumfries and Galloway area.

“The Scottish Government wants to see the right developments in the right places and Scottish Planning Policy is clear that the design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale and character of the landscape and should be considered environmentally acceptable.”