General and Impact on Landscape
Storeys-high wind turbines might not be the first thing you think of as part of the Halifax skyline, but city officials want your input. ..."While wind energy is valued as an environmentally friendly power source, the size of the wind turbines and wind farms also raises planning issues regarding compatibility with homes from noise and impact on views, et cetera," says the report drafted for regional council
The Maori Party has today welcomed the findings of the Environment Court in ruling against the erection of 37 turbines along Te Waka Range skyline on the Napier-Taupo Road.
"The site of the Te Waka -Titiohanga-Maungaharuru range is a distinctive feature of the Hawkes Bay" said Maori Party Co-leader, Dr Pita Sharples. "It creates an unique skyline which has great value as a landform, as a recreation resource, and a milestone landmark".
The site chosen for Meridian Energy's proposed wind farm on the Lammermoor Range west of Middlemarch was not an outstanding landscape and was of no particular significance, the first day of Project Hayes hearings in Alexandra was told yesterday.
Campaigners who have fought plans for a windfarm at Hethel were celebrating yesterday after the proposals were thrown out.
South Norfolk councillors turned down the planning application by green-energy firm Ecotricity for three 120m turbines at car manufacturer Lotus's test track on Tuesday night. ...Grounds for refusal were opposition by the Ministry of Defence and the visual impact on the countryside.
The MoD objected to the scheme because it would cause "unacceptable interference" to the air-defence radar at RAF Trimingham.
A Campaign against plans to build a 10-turbine wind farm north of Grantham was bolstered this week when Frances, the Dowager Duchess of Rutland, pledged her support.
The Dowager Duchess said the Vale of Belvoir, where she has lived for many years, would be "devastated" if the plans went ahead.
She joined campaigners from BLOT - Belvoir Locals Oppose Turbines - on Tuesday when they flew a blimp 410ft over the proposed wind farm site between Normanton and Long Bennington.
Today, Britain’s peatland habitats are at the centre of a rather different wrangle.
The drive towards cleaner energy alternatives to fossil fuels, backed by government, has jump-started the wind power industry. And many of the most suitable locations for wind farms in the British Isles happen to be on peat.
The rejection at a planning inquiry of a controversial plan to build three massive wind turbines on the edge of Dartmoor has given hope to campaigners fighting against onshore wind turbines that future planning appeals will also fail. Campaigners against onshore wind turbine development were celebrating last night.
They said they hoped the decision rejecting the three 266ft-high turbines because of visual intrusion would pave the way for further refusals at planning inquiries into Westcountry windfarm applications in the next few weeks.