An area of land at Inverkeithing and Hillend has been earmarked as the likeliest spots for wind turbine developments by Fife Council.
The area earmarked as most suitable for onshore wind turbine sites runs between Hillend and Inverkeithing and runs north towards the Duloch area.
Outline proposals for the suitability of this area for onshore wind technology is contained in the new Fife Plan which is currently under public consultation.
Fife Council has begun the consultation on the main issues report for the new Fife Plan with the consultation running through till 10 March this year – land based wind turbines are included in the consultation.
As part of that consultation there are specific proposals for land based wind turbines and where it would be acceptable for further development of wind turbines in Fife. The proposals are contained within the main issues document page 58/60 with a detailed map of proposed development areas on page 60. This is backed up by a detailed report ‘Onshore Wind Energy Strategy for Fife – Cumulative Impact Assessment’ consultation draft report produced by consultants IronsideFarrar and this report is available as part of the background information and can be found at www.fifedirect.org.uk/fifeplan
Fifers still have the opportunity to input into what the map of proposed sites for the development of wind turbines and farms looks like. This is a crucial and important consultation as the outcome will set the policy for acceptable land sites for wind turbines for generations to come as the final outcome will become a main part of the development plan for Fife.
As well as being able to comment online on Fife Council’s website, there are drop in sessions arranged for each area of Fife with a session taking place at:
Inverkeithing Civic Centre, 28 January, 3pm to 7.30pm.
Dunfermline Council Chambers, 29 January, 3pm to 7.30pm.
County Buildings, Cupar, 30 January, 3pm to 7.30pm.
St Bryce Kirk, Kirkcaldy, 5 February, 3pm to 7.30pm.
Town Hall, St Andrews, 6 February, 3pm to 7.30pm.
Beath High School Cowdenbeath on Wednesday, 13 February 3pm to 7.30pm.
Kirkland High School, Leven, 14 February, 3pm to 7.30pm.