We received the Achiltibuie_Wind_turbine_planning_letterÂ via a colleague and friend. The letter is asking people to write in support of a planning application for a community owned wind turbine.
The small community on Coigach North of Ullapool is located in a â€˜world class environment.â€™ Itâ€™s faced with a number of challenges which are described, but has also been organising itself, also described, with a view being more sustainable. The letter is about the economic sustainability that will be generated by installing one community owned wind turbine â€“ a project involving a capital outlay of Â£2 million being undertaken by a community of about 100 people. But interestingly reading the letter that sustainability is evident in the community organising that has been going on over a reasonable period.
Whatâ€™s also interesting is that most communities organising around wind turbines are not trying to make them happen. Rather they are trying to resist their imposition by large corporates, land owners seeking to maximise incomes, and centralised national priority planning processes. In other parts of Scotland communities of a similar scale are faced with proposals for 100 turbines surrounding villages. These will be located on private land generating significant incomes for the land owners. These are being pushed through planning by large teams of consultants. The community might be in receipt of some charity in terms of hand outs from the power companies (perhaps mediated by local committees). One model is sustainable, the other is pretty remote from anything that might be called sustainable.
We recommend you read Achiltibuie_Wind_turbine_planning_letterÂ – it is inspiring.Â
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