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A public inquiry report on a controversial windfarm proposal for Ae Forest will be with the Scottish Executive this month. Ministers must decide if the 71-turbine development will get the go-ahead. The proposal from CRE Energy Limited went to an inquiry last year after Dumfries and Galloway Council rejected the scheme.
Objectors fighting Carmarthenshire's latest wind farm development are considering legal action to halt the plans. County planners approved planning permission last March to build 10 turbines on land next to Blaengwen Farm, near Alltwalis, Pencader. Some residents are considering a legal challenge to halt the build.
Protesters have taken a step forward in their fight to stop proposals for a windfarm on the outskirts of a village. The Campaign to Limit Onshore Development (Clowd) says a Bedford Council planning officer's report recommends the local authority refuses permission for the turbines to be set up at Airfield Farm in Podington, near Wollaston. Bedford Council, the controlling authority, will vote on whether to approve plans for the windfarm at a meeting on Monday. A spokesman for the council said: "After careful deliberation, officers have now concluded their findings.
MP Alan Whitehead has thrown his weight behind plans to protect Hampshire's marine life and to allow for the development of offshore renewable energy farms. Southampton Test MP Alan Whitehead backed proposals for new legislation to halt destruction of the UK's marine environment, including the Solent.
BATTLE lines were drawn yesterday as one of the country's biggest energy companies launched its appeal against a decision to reject plans for a massive wind farm in a quiet corner of Essex. Maldon District Council turned down a planning application by Npower in July last year to erect 10 turbines at Hockley Farm, close to the village of Bradwell-on-Sea. The company appealed against the ruling and a public inquiry began yesterday at the district council's offices in Princes Road, Maldon.
A LOCAL campaign group's opposition to a plan to site wind turbines at Spittal Hill is being supported by Castletown and District Community Council. That was decided at a meeting of community councillors in the Drill Hall on Thursday night after the subject had been raised by chairman Douglas Fraser. He suggested backing the stance taken by the Spittal Windfarm Opposition Group as he felt the development would be "in the wrong place" and too close to houses. Mr Fraser maintained that the location was inappropriate and also claimed there could be a loss of amenity arising from the 30 turbines proposed at the site.
Windfarm developers are eyeing a hillside in the Dulais Valley where more than a dozen turbines could soon be going up. Bosses at Acciona Energy today revealed they are likely to put in a planning application later this year. Villagers have already given the proposals a mixed reception, but they are being offered the chance to find out more.
THE possibility of setting up a number of large wind farms on the Dava Moor has been attacked by a leading Euro MP as "vandalism on a grand scale". The Tory MEP Struan Stevenson wants the proposals stopped immediately and a detailed investigation carried out. He plans to submit a dossier to the environment commissioner in Brussels, alleging several potential breaches of EU directives.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has responded to comments which criticised its decision to refuse planning permission for a wind turbine. An Assembly inspector recently overturned the authority's decision and gave the nine-metre high turbine, near Newport, the go-ahead, following an appeal. The authority's chief executive Nick Wheeler said: "National park authority officers are very well aware of the problems of climate change which face us all, but they are also charged with protecting and enhancing the landscape and implementing policies which have been adopted following widespread consultation with the public.
Residents of Swaffham and the surrounding villages have banded together to stop a 15-mile swathe of Norfolk being turned into a "wind tunnel" of turbines. The Stop Turbines Action Group (Stag) is battling Ecotricity's plans to build six turbines near the A47 between Swaffham and Sporle.
Lewis landowner Nicholas Oppenheim has offered his land as a site for a proposed cable and interconnector for a controversial windfarm. The Eishken Estate owner has stated there is no reason why the proposed cable and interconnector for the Beinn Mhor Power windfarm could not be located on his land, alongside the 53 turbines currently seeking Scottish Executive approval.
Walkers opposed to a wind farm development in the Ochil Hills are set to take part in a protest hike. The campaigners are angry at plans to site a 13-turbine wind farm on Burnfoot Hill, near Tillicoultry. Clackmannanshire Council backed the project put forward by Edinburgh company Wind Prospect Developments in March. The council said the 102m high (334ft) turbines would not be visible from most surrounding towns.
One of the leading campaigners against plans to upgrade pylons through the heart of the Highlands yesterday warned that power giant Scottish and Southern Energy could be planning to construct more power lines from Beauly. Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, claims SSE are using a compulsory purchase order to buy more land from his Beauly estate than they need for the massive pylon upgrade planned to stretch to Denny in Stirlingshire. He believes that, if all the plans for windfarms north of Beauly get the go-ahead, there would not be enough pylons to carry the electricity from the Balblair switching station to the rest of Scotland. And he reckons SSE are quietly preparing for that eventuality.
Villagers living near Fakenham will get their first chance to see detailed plans for a five-turbine windfarm near their homes later this month. E.On UK, one of the country's biggest green power generators, wants to build the farm on land between the villages of Syderstone, Bagthorpe and Barmer.
In a report to councillors, David Rush, development control quality manager, said the decision came down to a balance between support for renewable energy and the harm a wind farm would do to the landscape. He said: "I do not consider the economic, climatic or ecological benefits accruing from the scheme outweigh the substantial harm caused by the scale of this proposal."
The proposed Gathercauld windfarm has been reduced in size from 13 turbines to five. Developer EnergieKontor made the announcement at its exhibition about the project at Craigrothie Hall last Thursday. Project manager Mick McLoughlin said the change came after consultation about the impact on the area's landscape, heritage and possible effects on radar at R.A.F. Leuchars.
Villagers in a picturesque corner of Suffolk have spoken of their anger at plans for up to eight wind turbines they claim will dwarf their homes and devastate the surrounding countryside.
A Lewis-based archaeologist has hit out at proposals to erect a Western Isles windfarm on a famous and mystical hill formation that resembles a woman lying on her back. If the plan is successful, Cailleach na Mointeach, the Old Woman of the Moors, would have some of the 53 turbines sprouting from her knees. The Cailleach, also known as the Sleeping Goddess, can be seen to the south side of the ancient Callanish stone circle.
The first commercial wind farm in the UK could be replaced by the latest wave of towering turbines, it has emerged.The ten 100ft (30-metre) turbines have stood at a rural site at Delabole, North Cornwall, since 1992. The wind farm, one of the country's first, is visible from the main A39 route into Cornwall and has since become an iconic landmark. But now site owner Good Energy has revealed plans to "repower" the turbines.
A MULTI-MILLION pound inquiry into plans to double electricity pylon sizes from Beauly to Denny restarted in Inverness yesterday-as the Executive considered proposals to abandon it altogether. Campaign groups against proposals to build 600 towers, some almost 200ft high, have already made three legal submissions claiming major flaws have surfaced in Scottish and Southern Energy's case and calling for a halt to the inquiry. But 11 weeks after those submissions were made at the £10 million public inquiry during its "strategic session" in Perth, ministers have yet to consider the documents and decide on their relevance.