Community Energy Scotland condemns ‘blanket prohibition’ on renewable energy developments

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Community Energy Scotland has joined in the criticism of Scottish Natural Heritage’s proposals for land-use mapping – a key component in identifying locations and securing planning permission for wind farms.

As Scottish Energy News reported yesterday, Scottish Renewables delivered a strong attack on SNH’s survey methodology for being ‘desk-based’.

Community Energy Scotland said that SNH’s proposal for a further blanket-designation of much of rural Scotland as core {protected} areas of wild land ‘lacks the rigour of an evidenced-based approach.’

Nicholas Gubbins, Chief Executive, Community Energy Scotland, said: “Urban Scotland’s perceptions of wildness can be at odds with those who live and work in Scotland’s less populated areas. 

“Looking at project proposals on their own merits must surely be a better idea than fencing-off large areas of Scotland, some of which can play a great role in securing a green energy future for rural Scotland, our nation and our little planet.” 

“We believe that development proposals should always show how they maximise the current value of the land to Scotland and its people, and be assessed on the degree of impact any new individual development might bring about.

“A blanket prohibition on renewable energy development of all scales is not a helpful way forward.  The proposed Wild Land Map prejudges developments and assumes any ‘intrusive human-based activity’ as having only negative impacts and no benefits.”

 

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