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A wind turbine proposed for one of Burnley’s best-known vantage points has been turned down because of the effects it may have on disabled horse riders. Linda Simkiss was also told that the 28.2-metre structure would also spoil the view for a neighbouring property at the windswept location.
Residents of the Finuge area in north Co Kerry have taken the unusual step of putting 'for sale' signs on their properties because they say they will no longer want to live there if controversial proposals for a wind farm go ahead. Stacks Mountain wind farm Ltd is proposing to construct 10 windmills on bogland at Ballyhorgan, in north Kerry, but locals are vehemently opposed.
Denmark is one of the world biggest producers of wind energy. 30% of its energy production is based on the wind turbines. But are there any consequences to be considered about the noise that these wind turbines produce? Are they harmful for the human health?
'Wind Farms Noise: The sacrifice of the rural minorities' is the presentation by Mike Stigwood delivered to delegates attending the Scotland Against Spin conference, held on the 24th November in Stirling.
A planning application to build a 78m-high turbine on land south-east of Turners Arm Farm in Yearby, near Redcar, has been received by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. The turbine would be about 700 metres from the nearest home and protesters are also unhappy it would be too close to a new crematorium.
"Our changes allow people’s views and other impacts to be taken into consideration much earlier. The new rules will apply to all wind farms with more than two turbines, or with turbines that are more than 15 metres tall. Similar rules already apply to bigger wind farms."
A conflict between people’s fiercely-defended right to privacy and the need to reach the government’s renewable energy targets is evident in a dispute between a wind farm company and three Norfolk land owners.
Ministers said they want to build a new generation of 12 new nuclear reactors to ensure that people can "turn on the kettle" and to help "keep the lights on". The Department for Energy and Climate Change said that Britain would need to build more than 30,000 onshore wind turbines to produce the same amount of energy, seven times the number currently in operation.
The rush to develop on-shore wind farms is “over” and has damaged the renewable energy agenda, the Energy and Climate Change Minister said. Mr Barker promised that future wind farms would be developed off-shore, the Mail on Sunday reported. “We put certain projects in the wrong place,” he said.
The Leighs did not, however, protest the original application. “In those days, nobody had any knowledge at all of turbines,” explains Mrs Leigh, now 66. “It was a new technology, so we had no idea what they would be like. We lived quiet lives up here and we weren’t into objecting to anything.” They realised their mistake as soon as the blades began to turn. “They dominated the outlook from our home. Then there was the noise: whoosh, whoosh, whoosh. That was constant.
“We appreciate that wind farms have a place, but the fact that there are seven wind farm applications a day in Scotland proves this is a gravy train threatening to career out of control.” Some local authorities have previously voiced concern over the number of wind farm submissions from energy firms. Many are large-scale, requiring significant work, and placing a weighty burden on planning chiefs.
Some wind energy developers are “behaving like an oil baron of old” in dismissing concerns of communities about the potentially negative impact of their schemes, according to Minister of State for Planning Jan O’Sullivan.
A windfarm has been ordered to demolish ten turbines and pay compensation and fines after it was successfully sued by a couple. “This decision is very important because it demonstrates to all those who put up with windfarms with a feeling of powerlessness that the battle is not in vain, even against big groups, or authorities who deliver building permits, that legal options are available to everyone, that we have a right to live in peace and that people can do other things than suffer.”
A tribunal in Montpellier ruled that the couple had suffered due to the “degradation of the environment, resulting from a rupture of a bucolic landscape and countryside”. It also agreed the couple had suffered from the noise of the turbines and from the flashing lights.
The head of one of the country’s biggest wind energy companies issued an apology last night for appearing to dismiss the concerns of people opposed to having turbines beside their homes in an appearance on RTÉ’s Prime Time. Plans to build over 2,000 giant wind turbines across the midlands have prompted fierce protests amid fears that they could cause illness, noise and light pollution and reduce the value of homes.
Mr Standley, who stands to benefit financially from the Government’s renewable energy scheme, has been quoted claiming he will receive £80,000 a year from the 250kW wind turbine - but he told the EADT the cash is by no means guaranteed, and that he won’t see a return on his £500,000 investment for at least 10 years. Other residents remain angered ..."bill-payers are being forced to subsidise schemes which “rape the countryside”.
The turbine nearest the town, on land owned by the borough council just in Babergh district, has been dropped from the plans by Partnerships for Renewables (PfR). However the company still plans to go ahead with a second turbine at Pannington Hall. “It will still be very intrusive on the landscape – people won’t want to use the footpaths and bridleways around there.”
There is enough credible evidence and enough of an opposition to end a policy of support for industrial wind energy. Yet still we see wind farms popping up all around the country. Isn't it about time that we looked at all the evidence cumulatively? Isn't it about time that we just chalked it up as a loss and tried something else?
"Turbines likely to be proposed in the midlands are not of the scale normally proposed on-shore in Ireland and as noise impact is not a consideration for off-shore tribunes, noise modelling and prediction for the turbines is relatively untested. "Consequently a precautionary approach should be taken to new turbines of this scale in proximity to noise sensitive locations," the submission stated.
The creation of a wind farm involved the excavation and movement of soil, the laying of tracks and roads for machinery and sometimes, as at Whitelee, forest felling to create space for turbines. “All these activities can affect the pathways by which rain falling on the site drains away and makes its way into rivers and lochs and can affect the ecology of those bodies of water and drinking water.”