Despite concern about the impact 30 turbines might have on the local winter goose population, Trigen's plans for a 15 MW wind farm at Largie, Kintyre in Scotland have won planning permission from the Argyll and Bute District Council which, in giving approval, went against the advice of its planning officer. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has objected vehemently to the project because it fears for the well being of white-fronted geese. But Trigen is satisfied the project does not represent an undue hazard. "We have carried out two years of monitoring of flight lines around the proposed site," says Tim Kirby of Ecogen, one of the partners in Trigen along with SeaWest of the US and Tomen of Japan. The company also drew on experience in the Netherlands where three wind farms operate close to sites used by Greenland white-fronted geese. Trigen's proposal for Largie has to go before the Secretary of State for Scotland for final approval.
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