Temporary halt sought on turbines

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A TEMPORARY moratorium on onshore windfarms is being pursued to help Fife Council review how turbine applications are handled.

Scottish Government ministers have told local authorities to open up more land for windfarm developments and create ‘spatial frameworks’ for wind turbines.

Council leader Alex Rowley said the authority did hope to do this, but the number of applications being submitted was putting pressure on planning officers.

Executive committee members last week agreed that Cllr Rowley should request a ban of around six months on land turbines, pending an update on planning policy guidance.

“We are not opposed to wind turbines but we’ve got to get this right,” he said. “We certainly can’t have massive industrial structures – that’s what these are – put up just anywhere.”

Cllr Peter Grant said concerns should be raised over potential legal loopholes regarding wind turbine applications, while Conservative leader Cllr Dave Dempsey welcomed the moratorium bid, saying local decision-making had to be respected.