The Neart na Gaoithe Coalition – a group of almost 60 organisations that have joined together in support of the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm proposed for a site 15km off the coast of Fife – welcomes today’s decision in which the Supreme Court in London has rejected RSPB Scotland’s application for leave to appeal, in its two and a half year judicial review of a planning decision made by Scottish Ministers in 2014.
Alan Duncan, spokesman for the Coalition said: “We are delighted with today’s decision. This means the only major infrastructure project that is ready to build in Scotland next year can now go ahead, creating 2,000 jobs for each year of its four year construction process as well as hundreds of long-term permanent jobs.
“This nationally-significant infrastructure project has already been delayed unnecessarily by RSPB Scotland for more than two and a half years so now it’s our time to come together and make the most of this £827 million injection into our economy.”
A Fraser of Allander Institute report recently estimated that NnG would contribute 0.6% of GDP (£827m) to the Scottish economy over the project’s lifetime, creating thousands of jobs during the construction phase and over 230 operations and maintenance jobs for the 25 year lifetime of the wind farm. NnG will produce 450 megawatts of clean energy – enough to power a city the size of Edinburgh.