The SNP plans to double Scotland’s onshore wind capacity, ignoring the damage to rural areas already being “saturated” with turbines, communities and planners have warned ministers.

Respondents to the Scottish Government consultation on the proposal criticized the “lack of mention of adverse impacts” on the countryside, including “visual, landscape, cultural heritage and environmental issues”.

A “large minority” of those who responded indicated between 25 per cent and 50 per cent, citing concerns over areas such as Aberdeenshire being unable to accommodate any more turbines.

The group, which included council planners and community organisations, questioned whether there was enough “unrestricted” rural land available for such a large expansion in wind production in Scotland.

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