Impact on Landscape and UK
Horspath councillors claim a proposed wind turbine on the edge of the village would tower over homes and blot the landscape.
Partnership for Renewables, (PfR) wants to build the 130-metre tall turbine on the south side of Oxford Road, Horspath, close to the entrance to the village.
Pylons are on the march. Britain's electricity transmission and distribution companies are to announce plans for a £10 billion rewiring of Britain.
A report due this autumn will warn that if Britain is serious about a low-carbon economy then it must string potentially thousands of miles of new high-voltage power cables across the country. The infrastructure is vital, experts say, because most renewable energy will be generated in remote areas such as northern Scotland or the North Sea - whereas most consumers live in southern Britain.
A senior local politician has warned the need for renewable energy cannot be at the expense of the heritage of Yorkshire's most popular seaside resort after a controversial wind turbine scheme earmarked for a 19th century hotel was thrown out.
Alan MacDonald, from Inverness, says turbines can be made to look four times smaller than they really are. Developers use wide-angle lenses to make objects in the pictures look smaller, Mr MacDonald says. Scottish National Heritage intends to revise its guidance to developers.
Business Secretary John Hutton says he wants to open up British seas to allow enough new turbines - up to 7,000 - to power all UK homes by the year 2020.
He acknowledged "it is going to change our coastline", but said the issue of climate change was "not going away".
The thrust of the idea was backed by Tory Alan Duncan: "We're an island nation. There's a lot of wind around." ...The other choice was, he said, whether it was "easier to have these developments offshore rather than onshore".
Asked what would happen if there was no wind for a few days, Mr Hutton said that was why there had to be a mix of energy sources - including nuclear power - to cover for calmer weather periods.
The fight to stop a wind farm coming to our area is gathering strength, after a key meeting in Ironstone Road on Monday night.
Around 160 people piled through the doors of the Ironstone Road scout hut on June 30 to air their views on the contentious issue, which would see a cluster of 250ft wind turbines erected on the Bleakhouse site, between Burntwood and Heath Hayes.
And a poll among those 160 people showed that just four were in favour of the wind farm application ...
Some 386 hectares - each equivalent to the size of a rugby pitch - could be cleared of trees in a plan opponents fear would dramatically change the landscape of Wales.
The Forestry Commission, which has tendered for a private company to bid for the clearance work, said the process was only at an early stage and that any construction would still need planning permission.
The most spectacular landscape in Britain, across the Highlands and Islands, is also the best place for wind farms with the number of turbines set to multiply by five times if ambitious plans to make the mountains a centre for generating electricity go ahead.
Energiekontor Uk Ltd wants to put five 328ft (100m) turbines at Brightenber Hill near Gargrave, Skipton.
A 250-strong group of residents have formed Friends of Craven Landscape and are campaigning against the plans.
Craven Council has received 600 letters of objection and a 600-signature petition, but its planning committee has been asked to approve the plans.
MAGICAL, mystical and iconic views could be affected if a proposed wind farm in Northumberland is allowed to go ahead, a public inquiry heard yesterday.
On day four of the public inquiry into an application to build 18 wind turbines at South Charlton near Alnwick, anti-wind-farm campaigners again clashed with experts speaking on behalf of nPower. ...Mr Stevenson said: "These turbines will introduce an element of dynamism into the environment. There is some evidence from other turbine sites that they become popular and may even become tourist attractions themselves."
It is a quiet landscape of dramatic beauty which was immortalised by one of Scotland’s most famous authors.
But Dunbeath Strath, through which runs the Highland river of the title of one of Neil Gunn’s best-loved works, has become the focus of the debate on whether wind farms are a boon or a blight on the land.
The area, described as one of Europe’s last true wildernesses, is an environmentally important stretch of sparsely populated bog and moorland.
The reality is that, as Britain flaunts its environmental credentials by speckling its coastlines and unspoiled moors and mountains with thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to a vast man-made lake of poison in northern China. This is the deadly and sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the ‘green' companies profiting from the demand for wind turbines would prefer you knew nothing about.
A wind farm with turbines three times the height of Exeter Cathedral will be built in Devon after a government inspector ruled that combating global warming was more important than local people's quality of life.
Andrew Pykett agreed the nine turbines at Den Brook, near Crediton, would be "a cause of some harm in terms of its visual effect on the landscape".
A company which began work on a wind farm on a mountain bog in north Kerry two weeks ago tonight said an independent investigation was being launched into the cause of a massive landslide which killed thousands of wild salmon and trout.
Tra Investments Limited in Tralee said geological experts would assess what led to a two kilometre long slick flowing off the Stacks Mountains polluting the most important water supplies. ...Eamon Cusack, chief executive of Shannon Regional Fisheries Board, said: "All I can say is that we're following every lead and we're obviously looking at the windfarm as a possible source of the start of the landslide."
"It is just a disaster," said Stewart. "This is such a popular spot for tourists. It's a very beautiful, well-known area. We want to meet to gather as much support against this project as possible."
Plans to site a mammoth eight-turbine wind farm at Chase Farm, Baumber have been thrown out following years of ‘sheer hard work and determination' from the opposition.
Planning Inspector David Rose dismissed an appeal by developers Enertrag UK following a public inquiry at Minting Village Hall in October.
Jeremy Paxman's brother has launched a battle against plans for nine 120ft wind turbines overlooking Dartmoor national park which he said would "stick out like a sore thumb".
James Paxman also criticised the Government's policy of subsidising wind energy, arguing that turbines were one of the least cost effective and reliable ways to generate electricity.
It takes less than five minutes to walk from the church at one end of Moreleigh to the pub at the other but the small community living in the cottages in between have a range of opinions on whether Jonathan Dimbleby is welcome in their Devonshire village.
To some, he is an arriviste whose plans to erect a wind turbine in his garden will spoil their view across the South Hams.
Under controversial proposals, two 400ft wind turbines could be built on Salt Hill on the crest of the South Downs National Park, at East Meon, near Petersfield.
But many local people and South Downs conservationists have vowed to fight the proposed scheme, which has been unveiled by Volkswind, one of Europe's biggest wind farm developers.
A farmer’s bid to build two 70 metre-high wind turbines on the western edge of Dartmoor has been dismissed, because they would form a “restless intrusion” on the landscape.Carol and Robert Bradford, of Beech Farm, Lamerton, near Tavistock, had appealed against West Devon Borough Council’s decision to throw out the plans to build the turbines, each one-and-a-half times the height of Exeter Cathedral.
They claimed the development would not have a detrimental effect on the surroundings, and said the windfarm was needed to create green energy.
They had proposed that the turbines, which they claimed would provide enough power for up to 1,300 homes, would be run by a community trust.
Their appeal was heard by Government planning inspector Richard Tamplin in October.
This week, he released a report in which he dismissed the appeal.
It read: “The turbines would form a restless intrusion into this quiet and reposeful upland, to its detriment.