Scots MP – John Lamont – Calls for Just Compensation for Wind Farm Victims
There is something about an industry that believes it can deprive people of the use and benefit of their homes with complete impunity. The idea that wind power outfits can run their operations around the clock, depriving people of their right to sleep so as to drive them mad if they are forced (by reason of their financial situation) to remain there suffering; or to retreat and become refugees from their own homes has always struck a nerve with STT.
Call us old fashioned, but we tend to follow the old line about a man’shome being his (and, indeed, her) castle. In that respect, STT is happy to rely on the maxim carved out, nearly 400 years ago, by lawyer and politician Sir Edward Coke (pronounced Cook), in The Institutes of the Laws of England, 1628:
“For a man’s house is his castle, et domus sua cuique est tutissimum refugium [and each man’s home is his safest refuge].”
And so it is that a few decent, fair-minded Scots politicians are looking to bring wind power outfits to book for their contumelious disregard for those very rights.
Rural action plan calls for windfarm compensation for homeowners
John Lamont MSP
15 Feb 2015
Homeowners who think the price of their house would be hit by a nearby windfarm development should be able to claim compensation, the Scottish Conservatives have said.
The party will launch a comprehensive rural action plan on Monday at a major rural showcase in Stirling.
The strategy will cover a range of issues confronting rural Scotland, and was devised after the Scottish Government made clear its only focus was on land reform.
As part of the proposals, the Scottish Conservatives have called for a valuation system to be set up allowing people to recover the lost market value on homes affected by new windfarms.
Many communities across the country have complained that large turbines looming over their towns and villages have made the area less appealing to live, therefore reducing the price of their properties.
The party is asking the Scottish Government to look at a similar model in Denmark, where a valuation authority can decide if a person’s home has been impacted, and how much the windfarm developers should pay in compensation.
The SNP’s extreme pro-windfarm approach has sparked a rise in windfarms being built across rural Scotland, despite concerns among residents and local councils.
Scotland, despite having less than 10 per cent of the UK’s population, now hosts more than half of the UK’s windfarms.
Thousands of objections are submitted by the public every year, while local authorities receive scores of applications for developments each month.
Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont said:
“When communities are saddled with a major windfarm development on their doorstep, that has a series of immediate impacts.
“Often treasured views are spoiled, the local tourism industry threatened, and the very appearance of their towns and villages altered significantly.
“All of these aspects can affect house prices, so it is essential we take steps to ensure no-one is left out-of-pocket in future as a result of a windfarm project they probably didn’t want.
“That’s why a valuation authority system, which people who think they’ve lost value on their home could appeal to, would go some way to balancing this.
“There’s currently no vehicle for doing this, and that is blatantly unfair.
“The SNP has made it perfectly clear the only rural issue it cares about is land reform.
“While that is important – and our rural action plan will include policy and recommendations on this – there are several other matters which are causing widespread concerns in communities the length and breadth of Scotland.”