Scotland’s most rural communities could become blighted by thousands of turbines being installed as the Scottish Government controversially relaxed planning rules.

It has been revealed that 19,000 new turbines could be given the go-ahead under new proposals by the SNP who are rushing to meet their green targets.

And this could cause massive concerns in local communities who have voted against wind farm developments as the government has the final veto if developers appeal them.

This is despite England having different rules to Scotland where there has been a ban on new wind farms onshore, with local people getting the final say.

It comes as energy secretary Michael Matheson confirmed that onshore wind capacity will need to double from current levels over the next eight years in a bid to combat climate change.

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