Energy companies submit 2,500 wind farm applications in Scotland

More than 2,500 planning applications to build wind farms in Scotland have been submitted to local councils by energy companies over the past 18 months.

The figures were released by Scottish Conservatives after the party served Freedom of Information disclosure letters to the country’s 32 local authorities.

Murdo Fraser, MSP, Energy spokesman in Holyrood for the Scottish Conservatives, said:  “These planning applications put council planning departments under immense strain and cause great concern to local communities.

“This surge has got to stop and the way to do that is to end the ludicrous subsidies for an unreliable and intermittent energy source”

The Scottish Conservatives asked every council in Scotland how many wind farm applications it had received in the last 18 months. The responses (South Ayrshire and Wet Dunbartonshire councils refused to comply) are chronicled below:

 

Aberdeen

9

Aberdeenshire

428

Angus

49

Argyll and Bute

62

Clackmannanshire

0

Dumfries & Galloway

256

Dundee

2

East Ayrshire

160

East Dunbartonshire

5

East Lothian

24

East Renfrewshire

27

Edinburgh

3

Falkirk

19

Fife

196

Glasgow

4

Highland

376

Inverclyde

15

Midlothian

15

Moray

55

North Ayrshire

18

North Lanarkshire

48

Orkney

371

Perthshire & Kinross

12

Renfrewshire

2

Scottish Borders

77

Shetland

34

South Ayrshire                                        –
South Lanarkshire

122

Stirling

17

West Dunbartonshire                                       –
West Lothian

31

Western Isles

71

 TOTAL

2508

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