Mainstream Renewable Power has lodged an appeal in what could prove a significant test case for the Scottish offshore wind industry, following a recent court decision in Scotland to withdraw consent for the proposed 448MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm in the Forth of Firth. Planning for the £2bn project was first granted by the Scottish Government in 2014, but the decision drew opposition from conservation charity Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), which appealed the decision due to concerns over the impact on bird populations. In July 2016, the project was one of several proposed wind farm projects in the Forth and Tay to be overturned by the Scottish Court of Session after successful appeals were lodged by RSPB. Judge Lord Stewart sided with the charity’s claims the consents granted by the Scottish Government were deficient. However, a Scottish Government spokesperson confirmed in a statement yesterday it too is appealing last month’s judgements, which saw planning consent overturned for the Neart na Gaoithe project as well as SDIC Power’s 784MW Inch Cape offshore project and Seagreen Wind Energy’s Alpha and Bravo projects. Separately, Mainstream Renewable Power confirmed yesterday it has also lodged an appeal regarding the 448MW Neart na Gaoithe project. “We note that the Scottish Ministers have lodged an appeal against the recent decision of the Scottish Court of Session in favour of the petition to review the consent by the Scottish Ministers for four offshore wind farms in the Firths of Forth and Tay of which Neart na Gaoithe is one,” a spokesman for the company said in a statement yesterday. “Mainstream can confirm that the company has today [August 8 2016] also lodged a separate appeal against the Scottish Court of Session’s decision as it relates to the proposed Neart na Gaoithe wind farm.”
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Offshore wind industry can transform UK’s east coast port towns into thriving hubs of clean energy construction, bringing jobs and growth to deprived regions. The UK’s offshore wind industry could unlock a wave of economic growth on the east coast, bringing jobs to port towns from Scotland to East Anglia, according to a report published by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult on Friday.
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