A Speyside councillor has accused the Scottish Government of “riding roughshod over local democracy” after overturning councillors’ refusal of a seven turbine wind farm application near Dufftown.
Councillors stressed that the visual and environmental impact of the 623ft turbines and associated infrastructure were too great.
However, now the Scottish Government has upheld an appeal from Energiekontor, and granted planning permission.
Independent councillor for Speyside Glenlivet, Derek Ross has criticised the decision.
“They have rejected the considered decision we made and it is an affront to local democracy.
“These decisions should be left to people who know the area best, not a reporter in Edinburgh or Glasgow. This just rides roughshod over local democracy.
“What’s the point in having local councillors and wasting local communities’ time?”  https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/4843054/speyside-councillor-scottish-government-overturning-dufftown-windfarm/

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