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Tories call for turbine control

Tories call for  turbine control
Windfarms should be at least two kilometres away from residential areas, according to the Scottish Conservatives.

Windfarms should be at least two kilometres away from residential areas, according to the Scottish Conservatives.

The party is calling on the SNP to ensure legislation is enforced to better protect the value of homes.

It said local planning guidelines already suggesting a 2km distance are repeatedly ignored.

The call comes as the Tories launch their energy policy review in Falkirk today.

Leader Ruth Davidson said: “It is not fair that anyone should have to live in the shadow of a turbine. The SNP may think it’s acceptable to plaster the countryside with windfarms, spoiling the scenery in the process, but the least it could do is offer some kind of quality control on the policy.

“Invoking the 2km limit would simply be enforcing the rules that are already there, but in too many cases have been ignored.”

She added: “We cannot let the Scottish Government’s obsession with wind energy spoil landscapes.

“It is already miles ahead of its own targets, which were already far too ambitious and unnecessary.”

A Scottish Government spokesman called the Tory claims “thoroughly confused” and added: “We provide clear guidance on the location of wind turbine developments.”

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