Your allusion to the proposed Tiree Array as being no more than a “ few white poles on the horizon that you will have to hunt to see from most directions” is comparable to Patrick Harvie’s (Green MSP) allusion to the Aberdeen Array being a “thumbnail on the horizon” and Mr S Hosie’s(SNP MP ),statement that it was a ‘speck in the ocean somewhere miles away’.
For that to be the case then, according to SNH Visualisation Guidelines, any Array would have to be 50 km off shore, and not in the Aberdeen Array ‘s case,3 km off shore,and in the proposed Tiree Array’s case 5 km offshore.
The proposed Tiree Array will be 180-300 London Gherkin sized structures visible from most directions on Tiree.
To confirm this assessment please view the OBAN Times video on the NTA site
Note SPR stated their visualisations were taken in ‘best visibility’ conditions. This was not the case. Met Office data and reports do not confirm SPR’s statement,but do confirm that ‘best visibility’ conditions existed from 6 hours after SPR took the required photos.
NTA also commented
- To avoid any further mathematical controversy /speculation
The following is definitive and emphatic
(1) Scottish National Heritage’s ( de facto Scottish Government)Commissioned Report No 103
” An Assessment of the Sensitivity and Capacity of the Scottish Seascape in relation to Windfarms ”
p 13 : ” up to 2 km away we can see people individual building, cars, individual trees ”
” the visibility of an offshore wind energy development out to sea …. 0-8km has high visual impact ”
” a 5MW ( approx 150M high ) Turbine .. .a viewer could theoretically see ..at a distance of 50KM
The same Report makes reference to a DTI recommended ’8KM minimum Exclusion Zone ‘
Lets move on
- You may be interested to note the following from the SPR Scoping Request to Marine Scotland p61
There are no National Scenic Areas or local areas of panoramic quality designated on Tiree or Coll . The closest such designatinos are on Mull, around Loch na Keal . The Loch na Keal National Scenic area is arouind 24 km formt he Argyll Array site boundary
I cycled round Mull last year in glorious weather, and can confirm that anyone who wants a stunning view of the proposed Tiree Array only has to pull over into any layby above Inch Kenneth.
So,not only will the proposed Array destroy this protected view but,transmission issues may require pylonage in and around Loch na Keal.Caveat Emptor
Recent comments by NTA
- Scottish Power Renewables puts Tiree/Argyll Array ‘on hold’ for 12 months
SPR’s announcement lacks substantive information
NTA has asked SPR the following :-
To whom do you refer when you state “… work with others… “
Will SPR publish the results of initial detailed environmental studies?
Does this 12 month pause mean that in the event the project is re-activated that any consents submission will be delayed by 12 month and now not submittied till 4thQtr 2015
NTA will advise as when if SPR respond
- No Tiree Array nails latest Scottish Power Renewables manoeuvre on the Argyll Array
So 1/3rd of the proposed Tiree Array site is under consideration to be withdrawn . Only 2/3rds to go !!
In doing so SPR has conceded over-riding environmental issues with regard to the Tiree habitat of Basking Sharks and Great Northern Diver demand such consideration.
But why make such a concession at this stage? Maybe to influence SG’s MPA review?
The SNH basking shark survey is only in its 1st year.Its tracking records not only confirm SPR’s primary presentation, but also indicate a more widespread distribution of Basking Sharks within the area of the proposed Array.
More impressively the result of the Great Northern Diver survey,shows a widespread distribution within the proposed Array area. If this has influenced SPR’s decision to consider reducing the overall size of the proposed Array,then logically it suggests SPR should consider abandoning the proposed Array in its entirety.
SPR should publish the full details their surveys.
- Divisions open on wind farms as VisitScotland takes a stand
hey guys ..this page is about windfarms and their impact on tourism..so how do we get from that to air fuel synthesis??
we have the foll to consider
(1) earlier this year a poll found a possible 20% drop in tourist income could be expected in windfarm impacted tourist areas
(2) A&B Council economic plan seeks 50 % increase in A&B tourist income by 2015
(3) Alex Salmond claims that wind farms “enhance our appeal as a country”
(4) Visit Scotland now objects to a windfarm on the grounds that it ” could have a detrimental effect” on holidaymakers.
Rational thought and analysis support(1)and(4)but what
will achieve(2)with(3)obviously requiring treatment.
- Developers target Scottish Government as easiest route to large windfarm consents
The following articulation,in 2009, by a Scottish Developer confirms that Scotland has become a ” soft touch”
From ESRC Seminar Series: WHERE NEXT FOR WIND?
Seminar 4:”Ownership and Stakeholding in the Wind Power Debate” Cardiff University 17th February 2009 ( SPR announced in Feb 2009 its proposed Tiree (Argyll) Array)
In questions, Mr Martin Mather (Scottish Power) noted that the involvement of the community may not actually make much difference in terms of the scale of deployment, but it was important to the communities that host wind projects, so should not be discounted. Furthermore, it does relate to planning, as much wind power is backed by international investors and if they feel they can get a better and more certain return on their investment in a country with a quicker regulatory system, they are more likely to invest there.
This is a concise statement of intent from a Scottish Developer.
Scottish Government (SG), meanwhile confirms the charade that has become of SG ‘consultation’ by excluding Argyll from SG/Marine Scotland’s ‘s current road show . This road-show is to offer ‘focus’on SG’s plans for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy. Notwithstanding Argyll has 45% of SG’s current off-shore proposals SG excluded Argyll from its road- show.
After a protest from NTA ,and possibly others, SG has relented with this advise to NTA:-
Mr Lochhead has asked me to let you know that Marine Scotland will now be putting on an additional event in Oban, and will seek to publicise the event locally as widely as possible once the arrangements are
Private Secretary to Richard Lochhead MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment
This response is already being spun by SG that it “is committed to the widest possible consultation”
Why did it require NTA to protest to SG in the first place?
- Scottish Government information events on offshore wind, wave and tidal energy – none in Argyll
This sums up Scottish Government’s “lack of joined up thinking” approach to public engagement on this nationally important issue.
But a study of the reportage of the ” Inquiry into SG’s Renewable Targets” by SG’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Inquiry, suggests that Argyll and Bute CC is singing from the developer’s song sheet.
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