Scottish Tories vow to bring in new wind farm moratorium

Ruth DavidsonThe Scottish Tory party has vowed to bring in a moratorium on Scottish wind turbine farms in its Holyrood manifesto – while at the same time it maintains its vow to scrap SNP moratorium on shale gas

The Tories have vowed to introduce a moratorium on building new wind farms in Scotland if local communities want it.

Party leader Ruth Davidson (pictured, above) explained: “The increasing creep of centralisation under the SNP has been a worrying development for many of our local communities.

“The planning system is another example where the wishes of local communities are often overridden by central government priorities. This has been most apparent over the last few years with the spread of onshore wind developments across the countryside, where all too often planning decisions were overturned on appeal centrally.

“When local councils demanded a moratorium on wind farm applications in the past, the SNP said this would be an “unprecedented step in Scottish planning practice”.

“With a moratorium on shale gas exploration now in place, the precedent has been set and the Scottish Conservatives will argue that if councils want to put a wind farm moratorium in place, they should be allowed to do so.”

At the same time, the Scottish Conservatives are in favour of scrapping the SNP-Govt moratorium on onshore unconventional shale gas exploration (aka ‘ fracking’)

Meanwhile the Scottish Liberal Democrats remain hopelessly divided over shale gas.

Its party national conference last month voted to life the fracking moratorium – only for party leader and prospective Holyrood parliamentary candidate Willie Rennie to unilaterally announce that he will include a ‘fracking ban’ in the party’s manifesto.

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