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Villagers battling plans for a wind farm in Worcestershire are to stage a walk through the countryside they fear will be destroyed by the proposals.
Families living in the Vale of Evesham will gather tomorrow for the walk along the Wychavon Way and Blossom Trail, close to where Scottish Power Renewables is planning to build 10 turbines measuring 125m (410ft) on land owned by farmers.
The decision to approve a wind farm in the Den Brook valley is to be challenged at the High Court - for a second time.
Mike Hulme, of the Den Brook Judicial Review Group (DBJRG), claims the noise condition imposed by inspector Andrew Pykett is "defective".
Mr Hulme said: "Our assessment of the decision leaves neighbours surrounding the wind farm proposal vulnerable to sleep disturbance from potentially health-damaging noise pollution created by the industrial scale turbines.
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Thousands of televisions have been blacked out - by a wind farm.
Householders are missing their favourite programmes because the farm's giant turbines are blocking the signal to their TVs.
The blackout has hit viewers in East Kilbride. And ScottishPower yesterday admitted their £150million wind farm at Whitelee, on Eaglesham Moor, is causing the problems.
It is stopping signals from the transmitter in Darvel, Ayrshire.
Residents in Palgrave say work to decrease the noise from the village community centre's controversial wind turbine has not worked.
The turbine was switched off for two months while the community centre worked to reduce the noise emitted by the 24-metre high turbine.
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Families in a picturesque conservation village fear they are facing the prospect of two wind farms being developed near their peaceful rural community.
People in Longhirst near Morpeth say they are horrified at the possibility of 15 giant turbines - each measuring 130 metres from base to blade tip - going up on nearby farmland. ..."A lot of people will be going to the public exhibitions, but I guess the majority will be absolutely horrified that we are faced with two wind farms and possibly 15 giant turbines.
Village residents could be faced with a gale of noise pollution if plans for a new windfarm are recommended.
Llanrhaeadr county councillor Paul Marfleet claimed Nantglyn residents are becoming increasingly concerned over plans for a new windfarm near the village.
People in a cluster of the North's former mining villages are preparing to speak out against plans to build a 13-turbine wind farm.
Scottish Power subsidiary CRE Energy wants to erect the 121m-high turbines on farmland west of the Alcan aluminium complex at Lynemouth, which would be 40 metres taller than the smelter's landmark chimneys. ...Castle Morpeth councillors rejected the CRE Energy application a year ago, claiming the turbines will be excessive and over-dominant in the flat, coastal landscape. But the company has said it is confident of succeeding with its appeal. Its original bid for 16 turbines was scaled down because of local opposition.
The two separate schemes at Spaldington, near Howden, were rejected earlier this week by East Riding planning councillors.
The decisions are now expected to be challenged in appeals by the two energy companies involved, Falck Renewables and Volkswind.
Villagers in Bottesford said an emphatic "no" last night to plans for a huge wind farm close to their homes.
Hundreds attended a meeting to present their views to Melton Borough Council's head of regulatory services Jim Worley, who will feed back to councillors on the planning committee. The committee has been asked for its views by South Kesteven District Council planners, who are dealing with the application. ...Villagers' major concerns were the turbines' inefficiency and high level of subsidies, health effects, visual impact, noise, the effect on wildlife, environmental impact of constructing the wind farm, devaluation of properties and the planning process.
Joyce Farnese, from Bottesford, said: "What we are talking about here is a rural power station.
Villagers today fear they are being besieged by wind farms as plans for more huge turbines have been announced.
An energy company has revealed proposals to build up to seven giant turbines north of Roos, near Withernsea.
The scheme, by Energiekontor, is the fourth earmarked for land around the small Holderness village.