Giant turbine could spoil Lothian’s view


VARIOUS statutory bodies have been having their say about the giant demonstration wind turbine proposed to be built just metres off the shore at Methil.

And despite being on the other side of the Firth of Forth, it is East Lothian Council which has raised most concern about the visual impact of the 196m-high turbine, more than twice the height of the demolished power station chimney.

The council fears it could become a new focal point in views over the Forth towards the Lomonds, especially causing an impact from the beaches and golf courses, including Muirfield, which is due to host the Open next year.

Fife Council, in its submission to Marine Scotland, has requested specific planning conditions be included to cover noise, transport, shadow flicker, disruption to television signals and the potential safety hazard caused by ice build-up on the turbine blades in cold weather.

An environmental impact assessment has already been carried out by a renewables consulting company on behalf of Scottish Enterprise but the latest submissions are from bodies such as local authorities, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Scottish Natural Heritage.

SEPA has stated it has no objections to the development, although it has included advice covering protection of the marine environment, surface water management, flood risk and pollution prevention.

Scottish National Heritage has also raised no objections but again has offered advice on measures to protect grey seals in the area and to minimise impact on the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area.

Full details of all the statutory submissions can be found on Fife Council’s online planning portal at