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Thursday 12th Oct 2017


Druim Ba latest posting on DPEA website now indicates there will be no decision likely before mid December. Click this link to see the pdf publication from the DPEA website


Wednesday 6th Sept 2017


Druim Ba latest posting on DPEA website indicates there will be no decision before the end of October 2017.  Click this link to see the pdf publication from the DPEA website


Saturday 19th August 2017

Druim Ba appeal update.  Still no decision from the reporter as at today’s date.  The last notification on the DPEA website was 17th July 2017.  That notification was under ‘Case Review’ and read :


*Case Update 17 July 2017* Inquiry sessions and hearing sessions were held in respect of this appeal in May 2017. The reporter is considering his decision’.


Click here for a direct link to DPEA website relating to Druim Ba case reference PPA-270-2147



Friday 21st July 2017


Excellent News.  We have received word today that Force9 Energy/EDF will not be appealing against the Reporters decision so that should be the end of the matter regarding Cnoc an Eas.



Saturday 3rd June 2017


CNOC AN EAS WIND FARM – REPORTER REJECTS APPEAL

Great News!

The Scottish Government’s Reporter, Timothy Brian, has rejected the appeal by Force 9 Energy/EDF and decided that the Cnoc an Eas windfarm should not go ahead.

We are delighted with this outcome. In our view, if this wind farm had been approved it would have been very close to homes and would have had a disastrous impact on the character of Glen Urquhart.

We hope that this decision will send a message to other wind farm developers that Glen Urquhart and the surrounding area is not a suitable location for their schemes.

The decision is a win for local democracy as the proposal had been refused by our elected representatives on Highland Council. In addition, there is overwhelming local opposition to the wind farm as evidenced by the objections from four community councils, the Drumnadrochit Chamber of Commerce, Aigas Field Centre and hundreds of local residents.

National bodies such as Historic Environment Scotland, Mountaineering Scotland, Scotways, The Scottish Wild Land Group and The John Muir Trust also objected to the scheme and Scottish Natural Heritage raised serious concerns.

If local communities in Scotland had a veto against wind farms, the expense of fighting this appeal (incurred by Highland Council, STAG and other objector groups) could have been avoided.

We hope that Force 9 Energy/EDF will accept this decision as final and not appeal the decision or return with any revised or trimmed down proposals as has been the case elsewhere.

Force 9 Energy/EDF now has 6 weeks to decide whether to appeal to the Court of Session. Such an appeal can only be made if they consider the Reporter has made an error in law. This would involve the Reporter misinterpreting or misapplying a policy or failing to take account of an important consideration. They cannot appeal just because they disagree with the decision.

The Reporter has rejected the appeal largely because of the adverse impact the windfarm would have on the Corrimony Chambered Cairn.

He also considers that there would be significant visual impact from the Affric Kintail Way and from either side of Loch Ness. He says that there would be significant cumulative impact when viewed from hilltops on the west side of Loch Ness (in particular Meall Fuar ‘mhonaidh) and that this would contribute to the impression that they are becoming surrounded by wind turbines.

He notes that the “proposal does not compare favourably with certain of the criteria” in the recently adopted Onshore Wind Energy Supplementary Guidance.

Mr Brian states that “even after allowing for the undoubted but limited socio-economic and climate change benefits of the scheme, I conclude that the adverse impacts would be so severe that the proposal would be significantly detrimental overall, on its own and in combination with other developments”.

He also says that “even if the project included an element of community ownership I do not consider that this is an appropriate location for (the) development proposed”.

Referring to Scottish Government policy, the Reporter states “I do not consider that the development of a windfarm at Cnoc an Eas would represent the right development in the right place; nor do I consider that the proposed development would adequately protect the historic environment or areas of special landscape value”.

However, it should be noted that, in arriving at his decision, the Reporter did not accept that:

1. Glen Urquhart itself, is an important feature of the Loch Ness Special Landscape Area,
2. the turbines would be overbearing from any of the nearby residential properties,
3. it was likely that the Cnoc an Eas scheme would have an adverse impact on tourism in the area,
4. the proposal should be rejected on grounds of ecology, nature conservation or forestry, or
5. that there were insurmountable issues in respect of traffic or site access.

We will have to agree to disagree with him on these issues!

The full decision can be viewed by clicking this link  Reporters Decision Notice

The Cnoc an Eas proposal gave rise to nearly three years of undue stress and uncertainty for local residents; not to mention the many volunteer hours needed to mount an effective campaign against the proposal. We are now looking forward to getting our lives back!

We would take this opportunity to thank our members, donors, local residents and other objector groups for their support and the hours of effort that they have put in to fighting the Cnoc an Eas scheme.

Without the many generous donations received, STAG would not have been able to mount an effective campaign against this wind farm.

Friday 2nd June 2017


BREAKING NEWS!

Cnoc an Eas appeal refused - the wind farm has been rejected - more to follow.  Click this link to view copy of Reporters Decision Notice


Tuesday 16th May 2017

Cnoc an Eas - Appeal update

There is still nothing definite about when the appeal might be decided. The target date is 19th May 2017 but the reporter has recently received a report concerning an active Golden Eagles nest in the area.  He has referred the matter to SNH for comment – so presumably nothing can be finalised until they have responded.


Saturday 8th April 2017


CNOC AN EAS. WRITTEN CLOSING SUBMISSIONS FROM APPELLANT F9E/EDF
The written Closing Submission from the appellants is now available online and can be viewed by clicking on the links below.  There are two documents, the first being the appellants Closing Submission and second is the response from the appellant to the closing submissions of the objectors:
Appellants F9E/EDF Closing Submission

Appellants F9E/EDF response to closing submissions lodged by objectors

Friday 7th Apr 2017

CNOC AN EAS. WRITTEN CLOSING SUBMISSIONS FROM OBJECTORS.

The written Closing Submissions from those who took part in the inquiry/hearing sessions are now available online.  For your convenience we have put them on STAG website and they can be viewed by clicking the following links below.  There are 7 submissions in all:

STAG

Historic Environment Scotland

Glen Urquhart Community Council

Mountaineering Scotland

Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society

Dr Shirley Gold

The Highland Council

The closing submission from the appellants F9E/EDF should be lodged by Monday 10th Apr 2017 and we will post a link to that document when we have it to hand.


Sunday 12th March 2017


CNOC AN EAS APPEAL INQUIRY/HEARINGS (6th to 9th March 2017).


Monday afternoon – accompanied visit to the Corrimony Chambered Cairn (CCC) – in good weather conditions.


Tuesday – Inquiry – Impact on CCC.


This session was mainly between Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and the appellant. The Council (THC) kept a low profile and STAG didn’t take part.


It was about whether there would be an adverse impact on the “integrity” of the “setting” of the CCC and if so, would it affect how we appreciate the “cultural significance” of the cairn.


The appellant’s expert argued that the SW direction was important (ie towards the setting sun – away from the CCC) and because of this, the NE direction (towards the turbines) was less important and therefore the boundary of the setting in that direction did not extend to the horizon.


Three representatives from HES argued the opposite and faced harsh cross examination from the appellant’s QC. Although this did not appear to go well for HES, it is generally accepted that there is an adverse impact on the CCC so it remains a question for Reporter to decide how bad he considers this impact to be.


Wednesday – Hearing – Landscape & visual including visual impact on residential amenity


Andrew Smith (F9E) insisted on playing his video of a car journey along the A831 – not a turbine in site! This was rubbished by Pam Lucas (GUCC) and others and I think most people in the room agreed with them.


The contribution by STAG’s landscape architect was crucial because using similar methodology to the Appellant; he demonstrated that they have underestimated the visual impact from some of the viewpoints. Much of the discussion concerned Meal Fuar ‘mhonaidh and the visibility of the turbines from Loch Ness (around Urquhart Castle). The view from the forestry track on the south side of Loch Meiklie (by the mast) is now accepted as an “alternative viewpoint” to the discredited viewpoint 4 – forestry carpark picnic table. The Reporter will be visiting both viewpoints in due course.


There were contributions from Mountaineering Scotland and Scotways. Scotways argued that a tipping point had been reached with the proliferation of turbines in the Highlands. The Reporter was referred to STAG’s “Ring of Steel” turbine map.


THC defended their reasons for refusing the application and the appellant put forward arguments as to why they thought it was wrong. The GUCC made several interventions concerning forestry issues and the fact that the appellant has little or no control over forestry screening.


With regard to the visual impact on residential amenity, there is a legal test of whether the adverse impact is so bad a property would be regarded as an “unattractive” place to live. If this was deemed to apply that would probably be the end of the wind farm. THC, the Appellant and our own advisers accept that the distance of the houses from the nearest turbines (and the orientation of the houses) mean that we do not reach this degree of adverse impact – they base this on experience of other cases. However, it was stressed by THC’s QC that just because this test doesn’t apply, doesn’t mean that adverse visual impacts on houses are not significant. Or that they shouldn’t be given weight in the planning decision.


Dr Gold (representing those living closest to the site) made a number of points relating to those living closest to the wind farm site and relating to access.



Thursday morning – Onshore Wind Energy Supplementary Guidance (OSWSG).


The OSWSG is now part of the Development Plan. However, in the final version an additional zone – the Loch Ness Study Area – has been overlaid on the landscape character areas map. The Cnoc an Eas turbines fall just outside this zone. This means that Chapter 5 which deals with wind farm capacity (no turbines on higher ground, only small turbines associated with existing buildings etc) does not strictly apply. All parties seem to have realised this quite late and it would seem to be at odds with what was sent out in the consultation process. THC argued that due to the proximity of the turbines to the study area, Chapter 5 should still be regarded as a material consideration.


There was a lengthy exchange between the QCs about whether the rest of the OSWSG actually added anything to Policy 67. STAG’s consultant said that he thought Cnoc an Eas failed Policy 67 regardless of the OSWSG.


The rest of the OSWSG still applies to Cnoc an Eas and we think the Reporter will still give some weight to Chapter 5.


Thursday morning – Conditions


This was largely a matter between THC and the Appellant and most potential conditions had been agreed. Dr Gold and Pam Lucas made a number of points concerning access, traffic and pollution.


The Inquiry/Hearing session concluded at lunch time.


Thursday Afternoon


In good weather conditions, there were accompanied visits to the wind farm site, access points and selected houses closest to the site. We think this would have been very useful to the Reporter as the proximity of homes to the access and its shortcomings were obvious. Further to the earlier hearing session, our understanding is that Access Option B (furthest away from homes) will be the one taken forward if the scheme is approved – the one “preferred” by those living nearby.


We think the Reporter conducted the Inquiry/Hearings fairly and ensured that the “locals” had an opportunity to get their views across. STAG was represented on all accompanied site visits.


What happens next?


The Reporter will visit all the remaining viewpoints including the high mountains and the mast above Loch Meiklie on an unaccompanied basis (our advisers think this is best).


STAG and the other objectors who took part in the inquiry/hearings will prepare written closing submissions by 27th March. THC will submit their closing submission by 3rd April (having seen the others). Finally, having seen the submissions from the THC and objectors, the Appellant submits theirs by 10th April (these dates will be confirmed). So the Appellant gets the last word!


The DPEA website quotes a “target date” of 19th May – assumed to relate to a decision. We have been told that whilst this date is possible, it should be considered highly optimistic.


Given the complexities of the procedures and issues raised throughout the application process and culminating in the appeal, we remain convinced that it was right to employ our own consultants.


As regards our chances of success – that is anybody’s guess. It boils down to whether the Reporter decides that the adverse impacts of the wind farm are outweighed by the contribution it will make to national energy policy.


Thursday 2nd March 2017


The Cnoc an Eas wind farm appeal inquiry and hearings sessions will take place from the 7th - 10th March, at the Cannich Hall. Sessions will commence at 10:00am.

The inquiry session to look into the impact on the Corrimony Chambered Cairn will take place on Tuesday, 7th March, during which, the Reporter will hear evidence from Historic Environment Scotland and the Appellant.

Starting on Wednesday, 8th March, there will be a series of hearing sessions as follows:

1. Landscape and visual impact, including cumulative visual impact and visual impact on residential amenity.

2. Consideration of the proposal in relation to the Highland Council's Onshore Wind Energy Supplementary Guidance.

3. Conditions to be imposed should the proposal gain planning consent, including conditions during the construction period.

Whilst we are aware of the order of proceedings, we cannot say for sure on which day each hearing will commence


Prior to the start of the inquiry, the documents relating to the original planning application and subsequent appeal will be available to the general public at Glenurquhart Public Library.

Members of the public are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions. Please be aware that the inquiry may be filmed and published on the internet as part of the DPEA's webcasting service.
 


Monday 13th Feb 2017


A updated interactive map - from The Highland Council - showing the proliferation of windfarms in the Highlands, click here to see the map. There is also a big article in the P&J today which is covered on STAG facebook page,  take a look by clicking here.  Remember, you don’t need to be me a member of Facebook to access our Facebook page.


Monday 13th Feb 2017


The venue for the Cnoc an Eas public inquiry and hearing sessions is the Cannich Village Hall, Cannich, by Beauly IV4 7LY.

The inquiry/hearings are due to commence on Tuesday 7th March and are expected to last 3-4 days. The first day will be spent considering the impact on the Corrimony Chambered Cairn.

Members of the public are welcome to attend - more details to follow closer to the time.

 

Thursday 9th Feb 2017


STAG has updated the windfarm activity map to include the recent approval of Millenium Extension near Fort Augustus. Click here to view


Friday 24th Dec 2016


CNOC AN EAS - PLANNING APPEAL CONFIRMATION

The Reporter has now confirmed that the inquiry/hearing sessions will be held from Tuesday, 7th March to Friday, 10th March. The venue has not yet been set but it will be local to Glenurquhart, possibly the Balnain Hall or Cannich Hall, depending on availability.
The Sessions will be held in the following order:

1. Impact on the setting of the Corrimony Chambered Cairn.

2. Landscape and visual impact (including residential amenity).

3. Compliance with Highland Council's Onshore Wind Energy Supplementary Guidance.

4. Conditions to be imposed if planning is granted (this is a standard procedure and in no way indicated the outcome of the appeal).

Item 1 will be dealt with via a full inquiry session; the remaining items will be via hearing sessions. In addition further written submissions will be prepared on the potential impact on tourism.


Friday 16th Dec 2016


CNOC AN EAS - PLANNING APPEAL UPDATE
The Reporter held a "pre-examination" meeting in Drumnadrochit on 14th December.


We await official confirmation but it looks like the appeal inquiry/hearings will commence on 7th March 2017 and last for two to three days.


There will be an inquiry session on the impact on The Corrimony Chambered Cairn and hearing sessions on landscape & visual impacts (including residential amenity), Onshore Wind Supplementary Guidance, policy matters and planning conditions.


Tourism impacts will probably be dealt with by further written representations.


More to follow when we receive the official note of the meeting from the Reporter.


Tuesday 29th Nov 2016


We have received the following letter from Highland Council Planning regarding the adoption of the Onshore Wind Energy Supplementary Guidance’


The Highland Council is pleased to announce the adoption of the Onshore Wind Energy Supplementary Guidance, which is now available online. This means that the document now carries the full weight of the Development Plan in decision making.


There is ongoing work to appraise landscape sensitivity across pressured areas in Highland, the results of which will form part of the Onshore Wind Energy Supplementary Guidance. Work for the Loch Ness study area is now adopted as part of the Guidance. A consultation is now underway for the next two study areas for The Black Isle, Surrounding Hills and Moray Firth Coast, and for Caithness. You can read and comment on both of these studies online from the link below. Please note the deadline for comments is 12 noon on Friday 20th January 2017.


http://consult.highland.gov.uk/portal/landscapesensitivity


Please feel free to share this information with others that have an interest in this area.


Kind regards,

Craig Baxter, MRTPI

Planner

The Highland Council | Development Plans Team | Glenurquhart Road | Inverness | IV3 5NX


This should be good news for our area as long as both Highland Council Planning and Scottish Government follow this guidance!


Wednesday 23rd Nov 2016


An update to the DPEA website now indicates the hearing for Cnoc an Eas being in March 2017  with a determination date of May 2017.

Saturday 22nd Oct 2016


The DPEA has appointed a Reporter to determine the Cnoc an Eas appeal or to report to Scottish Ministers.
The Reporter is Timothy P. W. Brian BA(Hons) DipURP MRTPI
The DPEA's target date for completion remains 30th December 2016 but a revised date may be agreed.

Friday 14th Oct 2016










This article concerning our public meeting with Kate Forbes MSP is published in the P&J today. It states that with regard to wind farms “she will fight to ensure public opinion shapes the decision making process”.


Well, at the meeting, Kate heard members of the public calling for:

1. A more precautionary approach to the health issues associated with living close to turbines....

2. A community veto in situations such as Cnoc an Eas, where there is overwhelming local opposition to the wind farm.


3. Reliable surveys into the impact of turbines on tourism.


4. A rebalancing of the planning system that is stacked in favour of the developer e.g. allowing other parties the right of appeal, not just the developer.


5. More resources to be given to community councils to enable them to better review these large planning applications.


6. An increase in local authority planning fees paid by wind farm developers in Scotland.


7. The complete removal of community benefit issues from the planning decision.


She also heard us voice our concern that, on appeal, our many objections to Cnoc an Eas would now be brushed aside by national energy policy. Also, that as far as wind farms were concerned, many in the Highlands feel abandoned by national politicians.


It is one thing for communities to have a “say” – whether anyone takes any notice is another matter!


Kate has promised to pass on our concerns to the Scottish Government’s Energy Minister – Paul Wheelhouse.  She also mentioned she would be pleased to receive emails from concerned residents and would welcome your comments. Her email address is Kate.forbes.msp@parliament.scot


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Friday 9th September 2016

Force 9 Energy/EDF has appealed against the Highland Council’s refusal of their Cnoc an Eas wind farm scheme.

The main deadline for making comments on the appeal documentation was 29th July. However, because the appeal documentation included certain information, which the planning system regards as "new", a further period of public consultation is required to allow full consideration of the "new" information. 
 
The deadline for comments on the new information is 19th September 2016.
So, if you have further comments on the new information or missed the 29th July deadline, you have another opportunity to object now.

The information regarded as new comprises:

1. Zone of Theoretical Visibility figures and accompanying information prepared for the GUCC (October 2015)

2. Updated Landscape and Visual Information dated June 2016

3. Glenurquhart Forests – Felling and replanting report by Bidwells dated June 2016

4. Radar Line of Sight Assessment dated June 2016.

This information can be viewed on the The Highland Council’s website http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam using the appeal reference 16/00033/REFIN or click on the link below:

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE NEW ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION

Paper copies are available for inspection at the following locations:

1. Glenurquhart Library – Drumnadrochit

2. Cannich Post Office

3. Kiltarlity Village Store

4. The Highland Council, Kintail House, Beechwood Business Park, Inverness

Objections can be submitted in two ways:

By email to
jane.robertson@gov.scot

By letter addressed to Jane Robertson at:
The Planning and Environmental Appeals Division
4 The Courtyard
Callandar Business Park
Callander Road
Falkirk
FK1 1XR
 
Please quote the reference PPA-270-2155 and refer to Cnoc an Eas.
 

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Wednesay 27th July 2016

Please help to save our glen from 13 giant turbines at Cnoc an Eas near Balnain, by taking the time to object to the F9E/EDF appeal by Friday, 29th July 2016.


Click here for further details and advice on our Planning page


Thank you for your continued support.


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Friday 15th July 2016 Cnoc an Eas

Documents relating to the appeal are now available online on both The Highland Council & the DPEA websites. Possibly the two documents that will interest most of us are the Non-Technical Summary and the Statement of Appeal,  which are both available on our web site for quick reference or download. Follow these links below:

LVIA Non-Technical Summary

Statement of Appeal

Should you wish to see other documents relating to the the appeal which have been lodged with Highland Council, these are available by this link:


http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/appealDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=O9Y6OYIH09A00

Documents lodged on the DPEA web site are on this link:

https://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk/CaseDetails.aspx?ID=117533

More details will follow regarding latest dates for appeal, and also procedures for lodging appeals,  as soon as these dates become available to us.  One thing we do know is that the cut off date for comments will only be two weeks!

Thursday 7th July 2016 Cnoc An Eas - Breaking new


Force9/EDF have today formally lodged their appeal with the DPEA. We will circulate more details as soon as they become available. We will also post details on procedures for submitting further comments/objections on our Planning page.


TUESDAY 5th July 2016   CNOC AN EAS - BREAKING NEWS!


We regret to announce that Force 9 Energy (fronting for EDF) will be submitting an appeal tomorrow.

Highland Council refused the planning application to erect 13 turbines at Cnoc an Eas, near Balnain. We have heard via the community council that F9E/EDF intend to lodge an appeal against the decision. The matter will now be decided by a Reporter appointed by Scottish Ministers.

We will circulate more details when we have them. We will also post details on procedures for submitting further comments/objections on our Planning page.

Given the extent of local opposition and the refusal by Highland Council, we had hoped that the developer would have done the decent thing and have pulled out...but no, they have decided to carry on.

Our fight goes on!



Friday 3rd June 2016


An article regarding Ospreys was published in the Press & Journal today and is self explanatory. Click here for link to the article.

In April of this year STAG’s secretary Dan filmed the Osprey fishing in Loch Meiklie and posted on Youtube and placed a link on Facebook this week:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfugR98CbjE&feature=youtu.be

There has been a lot of response especially in view of the recent news regarding the fatal injuries to an Osprey at the Moy Windfarm which was apparently caused by a collision with one of their wind turbines. Moy Windfarm is about 20 miles from the RSPB reserve at Boat of Garten. When you consider Loch Meiklie is just over one mile from the proposed Cnoc an Eas Windfarm, you begin to realise how vulnerable our regular visitor would be should there ever be a Windfarm in this area.

As you will know,  F9E/EDF have until 9th Aug to appeal  to the Scottish Government and if they do, STAG will fight this vigorously.


Wednesday 11th May 2016


For full report of Cnoc an Eas planning refusal ‘Full Case Report 15_02758_FUL-REPORT_OF_HANDLING-986133’ Click here.


Monday 9th May 2016


Cnoc an Eas wind farm planning application refused today 9th May 2016

Excellent news received today from Highland Council Planning. The application has been refused by Highland Council Planning officers under “delegated  powers”.  Our understanding is that when the planning officer intends to recommend refusal he will sound out the councillors most affected. In this case they have agreed with his recommendation so he is allowed to refuse without the matter going to a full planning committee.

We have not seen the officer’s report yet but believe the reasons for refusal include:


1) Impact on the Corrimony Chambered Cairn

2) Visual impact on residents and visitors

3) Cumulative visual impact, and

4) Impact on the Loch Ness Special Landscape Area.

The developer now has until 9th August to lodge an appeal to the Scottish Government.


This is most likely just the first stage but an important one nonetheless!


Fri 22nd Apr 2016

The deadline for sending objections to Cnoc an Eas has passed and the application will now be determined by the Highland Council Planners and subsequently by the South Planning Applications Committee (SPAC).  We dont know the actual date that Cnoc an Eas will be discussed but the scheduled forthcoming meeting dates for SPAC are 17th May and 28th June 2016, so quite possible either of these dates - or even both. The Highland Council page for the SPAC ‘Agendas, reports & Minutes’ can be found on this link
http://www.highland.gov.uk/meetings/committee/44/south_planning_applications_committee

You can watch Council meetings conducted in public LIVE or view the archived version which is available within 48 hours of broadcast and remains online for 12 months. The link is as follows:

http://www.highland.public-i.tv/core/portal/home

Broadcasts usually begin at 1030am on the day of the SPAC meeting.


Saturday 9th April 2016


IMPORTANT REMINDER. Last few days to object


The deadline for objections to Cnoc an Eas is 11th Apr 2016 .

  

How do I object?

As before, you can object in three ways:


1. Register on THC website and post an objection comment


2. Send an email to: eplanning@highland.gov.uk


3. Write a letter to The Head of Planning and Building Standards, ePlanning Centre, The Highland Council, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX

Quote the reference 15/02758/FUL and make it clear that you are “Objecting”. You will need to include your name and address but your address and any other personal details should not be published. Submit your objections by 11th April 2016.

More information is available on our Planning Page


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Tuesday 22nd Mar 2016.  The Glen Urquhart Community Council (GUCC) has objected to the SEI recently submitted by Force 9 Energy (Fronting for EDF). A full copy of this objection is available on the GUCC web site http://www.glenurquhartcommunitycouncil.org.uk/planning.html


Sunday 20th Mar 2016.  Just a reminder that the deadline for objections to Cnoc an Eas is 11th Apr 2016 .  

How do I object?

As before, you can object in three ways:

1. Register on THC website and post an objection comment

2. Send an email to: eplanning@highland.gov.uk

3. Write a letter to The Head of Planning and Building Standards, ePlanning Centre, The Highland Council, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX

Quote the reference 15/02758/FUL and make it clear that you are “Objecting”. You will need to include your name and address but your address and any other personal details should not be published. Submit your objections by 11th April 2016.

More information is available on our Planning Page


Saturday 19th Mar 2016   Click this link for Weekly Windfarm News No 22  (18th Mar 2016)


Saturday 12th March 2016.

The advert from Highland Council notifying the public of the Supplementary Environmental Information (SEI) from Force9 Energy/EDFRenewables appeared yesterday as expected in both the Inverness Courier and Edinburgh Gazette confirming the closing date for comments as the 11th April 2016.  The link for the Edinburgh Gazette advert is https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/2497590

We will providing further information on our ‘Planning’ page as soon as we have this available.


Saturday 5th March 2016. Regarding the SEI addendum from F9 Energy, we understand that it will be advertised in the Inverness Courier and Edinburgh Gazzette on 11th march 2016.  We also understand that the closing date for comments is 11th April 2016. Documents can be accessed from the following link :

http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=NRJB87IHI9O00


Friday 4th March 2016.   Latest Wind Farm Activity Map 04/03/2016 - ‘The Ring of Steel’ Click here for the map

Monday 29th Feb 2016.  The SEI from Force9 energy (Fronting for EDF) is now available online on the Highland Council website, the documents are still in the process of being uploaded. The site is usually very slow to load and this morning is also unavailable at times, probably due to a lot of activity.

http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=NRJB87IHI9O00


Saturday 28th Feb 2016.  Very interesting article published on the Walk Highlands web site:

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/news/where-are-we-at-with-windfarms/0014454/


Friday 12th Feb 2016.  We understand from EDF Renewables that the likely date for the lodgement of the ‘addendum’-  also known as the SEI (Supplementary Environmental Information) – is expected to be delivered to the Highland Council Planning the week commencing 22nd Feb 2016.

According to the South Planning Applications Committee agenda for Tuesday, 19 January 2016, the status for Cnoc an Eas is as follows:

“Awaiting submission of additional information. Determination likely April 2016”


Tue 9th Feb 2016. An update from Malcolm Kirk:

“We have been advised by those fighting windfarm proposals in the Borders that they have in fact a reasonable working relationship with Council Officers and many Councillors who they consider are doing a reasonable job under very difficult circumstances.

We are happy to make that clear.

Otherwise, they have no problem with the rest of the Highlee Hill video content.

We have therefore changed the content of the last page which in fact is now more relevant to the present circumstances.

As one can’t alter videos already posted to YouTube a new upload is required with a new address.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re0csKrVIDU&feature



Mon 8th Feb 2016. Malcolm Kirk has once again produced an excellent video visualisation of the proposed Highlee Hill winfarm in the Borders. Click the Youtube link below to watch the video.

A quote from Malcolm:

We have made this video of the proposed 176 metre high turbines proposed for the Highlee Hill Windfarm in the Borders.

It is only a short time ago that 125m turbines were considered ‘big’ but these things are ridiculous.

We disagree with the details given out by the developers.

We question their visualisations for reality and also in that from our aerial images trees have been felled since the photographs they used were taken and so altering the ‘view'.

We question the distances they have quoted from camera to nearest turbine.

We are prepared to be put right should we have ‘erred’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2NghaS-C3Q&feature



Cnoc an Eas news update 30th Jan 2016. As at todays date there has still been no lodgement of the apparent ‘Addendum’ from Force9 Energy (fronting for EDF). This was expected to be lodged with Highland Council Planning in January.  We can only presume this will further delay the ‘determination date’ for Cnoc an Eas!


The consultation period for The Highland Council Draft Onshore Wind Energy Supplementary Guidance has now ended.  It is no longer possible to submit comments.


Cnoc an Eas 20th Jan 2016.  Click this link to see a copy of the letter received from EDF Energy Renewables which was in response to our letter of the 7th Nov 2015 and also a copy of STAG’s response.



The Highland Council Draft Onshore Wind Energy Supplementary Guidance.  A reminder that 12pm 29th January 2016 is the latest date for adding comments to the document. You do have to log-in to comment but it’s a very simple process to register.  The link to the portal below:

http://consult.highland.gov.uk/portal/dp/draft_onshore_wind_sg/draft_owesg/onshorewind?tab=info


Cnoc an Eas 3rd Jan 2016.  Click this link to see a copy of the letter STAG sent to EDF Renewables on 7th Nov 2015. To date, we have not received a reply from EDF.


Cnoc an Eas news update 2nd Jan 2016.  It has been noted by STAG that the ‘determination date’ for Cnoc an Eas has been put back yet another month. This is according to the Highland Council Planning Committee web site. At the HC meeting on the 10th Nov 2015 the following was stated in relation to Cnoc an Eas:


 “Addendum likely. Anticipate determination February/March 2016”

At the Mon 14th Dec 2015 meeting, the following was stated:


“Awaiting submission of additional information. Determination likely April 2016.”

So, make of that what you will!


Thursday 24th Dec 2015. Great news for Tomich and Glenurquhart. WPD have withdrawn their appeal on the Beinn Mhor wind farm.

Friday 18th Dec 2015:  There was great news yesterday from ‘ABO We Say No’ campaigner Lyndsey Ward that the Allt Carach wind farm proposal (near Struy) has been withdrawn by the developers.   For an article in the P&J follow this link below:    


https://www.facebook.com/942922889080712/photos/a.952385274801140.1073741829.942922889080712/1073649006008099/?type=3&theater


Wed 16th Dec:  Two very  good articles in the P&J regarding the obscene amount of consumers money paid to wind farm companies to ‘switch off’.


Mon 14th Dec:  Culachy wind farm refused by Highland Councillors


Map showing the changes made by SNH to the Wild Land Map  

Glen Urquhart Community Council have submitted their response to the Druim Ba wind farm application. Click to see a copy on their new web site.


Call for Scottish Energy Minister to quit after windfarm ruling. Click to link


Court of Session judge overules Scottish Government decision to approve  Stronelairg Wind Farm (Fort Augustus) Click to link to articles by ‘P&J’ and ‘Wild Land’ 5th Dec 2015


2nd Dec 2015: HIGHLAND-WIDE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN - MAIN ISSUES REPORT

WITH DRAFT ONSHORE WIND ENERGY SUPPLEMENTARY GUIDANCE AND LOCAL HOUSING STRATEGY

EXTENSION OF CONSULTATION TO 12PM ON 29 JANUARY 2016. Click for details.

An extra news update from Malcolm Kirk regarding Druim Ba wind farm 2nd Dec 2015. Click here to view.  

A very revealing animation of the proliferation of wind farms in Scotland from 1995 to 2015, produced by the John Muir Trust. Click this link to play.

Breaking news Thursday 26th  Nov. 2015  The appeal by P&L Turbines, who were hoping to overturn Highland Council's decision to reject the Tomfat turbines application in today's council review body meeting, has been dismissed. Excellent!

Druim Ba Wind Farm - Click here for details on how to lodge an objection.  Last date for submitting an objection is 4th December 2015.

Culachy Wind Farm decision has been deferred subject to a site visit in December 2015

Latest Wind Farm Activity Map 11/11/2015 - ‘The Ring of Steel’ Click here for the map

Thursday 5th Nov 2015

There has been a recent development in connection with the Cnoc an Eas planning application. We understand The Highland Council are expecting some sort of follow up information from Force 9.  This is only a ‘notification’ to THC so no details available at present. We can only assume that this will be an attempt to address some of the points raised in objections.

Depending on the nature of the information, the public should get the opportunity to comment in due course. This will delay matters so THC are now working towards a decision in February/March rather than January.

Thursday 29th Oct 2015

Highland Council has issued draft supplementary guidance which when finalised will shape how wind farm proposals are considered in the years to come. It may also play a part in the Cnoc an Eas decision.

A public consultation period has now been extended to run until 29th January 2016 and the details of how you can take part are shown below. The documents are available on the Highland Council website - which you must use to make specific comments.

http://consult.highland.gov.uk/portal

Have your say now because these rules will shape where wind developments are allowed for the foreseeable future. This is probably the last chance to add your opinions and comments on this consultation, so definitely worth the effort.

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GLEN URQUHART COMMUNITY COUNCIL – PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS THE CNOC AN EAS PROPOSED WIND FARM – Monday 17th August 2015


We were delighted with the number of concerned local residents that attended the meeting at the Balnain Community Hall yesterday evening. About 140 attended and it was standing room only. Presentations were made by STAG and the developer, Force 9 Energy.

Force 9 Energy said that they took into account comments from the community when putting together the final layout of their 13 turbine wind farm proposal near Balnain. We now hope that they will take into account the strength of community opposition evidenced by the overwhelming majority who voted against the scheme at the meeting last night. Only one person voted in favour of the scheme.

We hope the Glen Urquhart Community Council will decide to lodge an objection to the scheme in due course.

Many thanks to those who attended and continue to support us.

Cnoc an Eas…..We didn’t ask for it…We don’t want it….We don’t need it.

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Force 9 Energy has submitted its planning application for the Cnoc an Eas Wind farm.  You can view the planning application documents and also object on the Highland Council website. Click this link then add this reference 15/02758/FUL – and ‘search’. (The page is often unavailable, sometimes for whole weekends. It also takes a while to load so not reliable, using this Email is quicker).

 

PLEASE OBJECT TO THE CNOC AN EAS PROPOSAL: Write to or email Highland Council by 7th September, quoting reference 15/02758/FUL .It is important to add that you must make it clear its an ‘Objection’


Email: eplanning@highland.gov.uk

The Head of Planning & Building Standards

ePlanning Centre

The Highland Council

Glenurquhart Road

Inverness IV3 5NX


See our Planning page for more details


Beinn Mhor windfarm appeal refused by Government today 9th July 2015 http://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk/CaseDetails.aspx?id=115638&T=20



Winds of Change  Opinions in the Scotsman Saturday 27th June


'How the wind subsidy train was blown away' from Thinkscotland.org Sat 27th june 2015


UK minister invited to Scotland amid wind subsidy row. BBC News 24th June 2015


Report from STAG on their visit to the DBSE exhibition (on proposed Druim Ba windfarm) in Kiltarlity Village Hall yestertday 23rd june 2015


Alleged assault outside windfarm exhibition in Kiltarlity  Press & Journal 24th june 2015


SNP hypocrisy on windfarms revealed ahead of statement 22nd June 2015


To see Fergus Ewing’s full quotes from 2007, visit:

http://www.strathspey-herald.co.uk/News/Anger-mounts-over-new-wind-farm-threat-917.htm


Oral statement to Parliament: Statement on ending subsidies for onshore wind 22nd June 2015


Noise data new weapon in war on windfarms Press & Journal article 22nd June 2015


Renewable Energy Foundation report published May 20th  2015 on the progress towards 2020 renewables target.


Click this link to see BBC Sunday Politics program with interesting discusion on the end to subsidies. Discussion starts at about 37 minutes in to the video. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05yp0lq/sunday-politics-scotland-21062015.


£600m white elephant is blight on landscape


Rural Scotland's delight at wind farm subsidy axe. Telegraph 5pm 18th June


Wind farm 'clean energy' subsidy to end one year early. ITV report 8.53am 18th June


Earlier end to subsidies for new UK onshore wind farms. BBC report  8am 18th June


Rural Scotland has had enough of wind farms, say Scottish Tories


Highland Council face a black hole in finances as wind farm planning costs outstrip the paltry sums paid by the devlopers

An atricle about STAG public meeting in the Press & Journal Wed 6th May 2015 There is an error in the article regarding height, the turbines are 447 ft high and Not 137ft click here.


STAG first public meeting, a very big thank you to all those who attended at Balnain hall on Monday 4th May 2015.  Also many thanks for the generous donations.  There was standing room only in the hall. An excellent presentation by Warwick Lister-Kaye followed by question time.  A very big thank you to Warwick and also to Lyndsey Ward, a very knowledgeable campaigner, and of course to the team of STAG who have worked tirelessly.  Well done everybody. Please join us, we need all the support we can get.


Talladh a Bheithe - Windfarm Rannoch

Wild landscape promoted on VisitScotland Outlander map faces wind farm threat


VisitScotland under pressure to object to development on scenery which is backdrop to ‘Outlander’ series


North’s turbine numbers spinning ‘out of control’ – Press and Journal


Wind turbines double in a year

Dash for Scottish renewables is creating an ‘economic cuckoo’ which threatens security of Scotland’s power supplies


Concerned About Wind Turbines map http://www.cawt.co.uk/index.php?page=map

UNESCO called upon to intervene on Loch Ness turbine issue - click here.

England-will-be-covered-by-turbines-warn-campaigners.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-32286822

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