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Plans were unveiled this week for a £10 million wind farm in Easter Ross - just four years after the community waged a major campaign against a similar proposal. European wind energy company, Falck Renewables, has submitted a report to Highland Council outlining plans to carry out an environmental impact assessment for a five-turbine, 10 megawatt output, wind farm on top of famous local landmark, Hill of Nigg. A formal planning application will be made later this year and, if it is successfully developed, local people could have the chance to buy shares in the wind farm.
Wind farm planners have announced they hope to build a mast to take detailed measurements of the gusts on an East Lancashire moorland site. German-based EnergieKontor UK Ltd hopes to build 24 giant wind turbines on the moors between Oswaldtwistle and Haslingden. The company has begun a consultation process with local councils and residents about the proposals.
This week, industry, household, councils, environment and development groups were all trying to work out what the proposals mean. All that is clear for now is that the balance has shifted from development at any cost, and that the environment is now stage centre.
World-renowned Glyndebourne Opera House is embroiled in a row with environmental groups over plans to erect a 230ft wind turbine. The East Sussex venue wants to build the 850kw turbine on Mill Plain, between Ringmer and Glyndebourne. Four groups have united to fight the plans, claiming its position in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty is "absolutely wrong".
Campaigners seeking to block new large-scale wind farms proposed in Caithness are questioning the value of the Highland Council's recently-produced development blueprint. The document identifies the county as suited to site only small schemes. But that has not stopped plans for a number of major turbine ventures being tabled. According to Islay MacLeod, giving any the go-ahead would defeat the point of the exercise undertaken by the council and would undermine local democracy.
Almost three months ago, in Perth, three legal submissions were made by different groups objecting to the power line which would carry all the extra energy generated by windfarms and other renewable projects in the Highlands and Islands.
Opponents to a proposed power line upgrade to connect wind farms with the National Grid want the electricity to be carried underwater. A public inquiry into the 137-mile plan has moved to its second phase with a hearing in Inverness. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) wants to build an upgraded pylons line from the Highlands to Denny. However, Scotland Before Pylons said sub-sea cables should be used as most of the electricity will be exported.
A public inquiry into a proposed 137-mile power line upgrade through the Scottish countryside is to move into its second phase. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) want to build an upgraded line of pylons from the highlands to the central belt. The new proposed pylons would be up to twice the size of the current ones but fewer would be used. Over the next month the session in Inverness will hear evidence on the pylons' impact on the landscape.
New plans to build a small scale wind farm at Nigg in Easter Ross were unveiled today (Tuesday). Falck Renewables, whose Operations HQ for the UK is based near Inverness, has submitted a report to Highland Council outlining plans to carry out an environmental impact assessment for a 5-turbine wind farm on Hill of Nigg. A formal planning application will be made later this year following the assessment, which will take a further 6 months to complete.
Four environment groups have united to fight plans by Glyndebourne Opera House for a 70m (230ft) wind turbine. Glyndebourne wants to site the 850kw turbine on Mill Plain, between Ringmer and Glyndebourne in East Sussex. "The position in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Park designate is absolutely wrong," said Dr Tony Parker of the South Downs Society.
TWO new wind turbines in Alvah have come a turn closer. Plans for the erection of turbines at Strath of Brydock, Alvah, for the Grampian Country Food group, were given the nod by the Banff and Buchan area committee of Aberdeenshire Council. They will now be referred to Scottish Ministers for a final decision.
Plans to build up to five 120-metre tall wind turbines at Shoreham Harbour are being drawn up, The Argus can exclusively reveal. Green power company Ecotricity has held meetings with Brighton and Hove City Council to discuss the proposal, which could generate electricity for up to 7,500 homes. Scouting work has already been carried out at Shoreham Harbour and the energy company has located four or five possible sites, two within the city boundaries, on the eastern arm of the port. Ecotricity believe the wind farm could hold up to five turbines, although two to three are more likely, which will tower 120 metres to the tip, including an 80-metre base and 40-metre blades.
Plans for a new windfarm development near Nantglyn have been received by Denbighshire County Council's planning department. The county council has received an application for a 16 turbine windfarm on land east of Llyn Brenig. The application has been submitted by Natural Power Consultants Ltd, acting as agents for Brenig Wind Limited.
CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to continue their fight to stop an old Ministry of Defence airfield being turned into an energy park after councillors delayed making a decision on plans for the site. East Northamptonshire Council's planning committee was expected to approve plans by Chelveston Renewable Energy Limited to change redundant buildings at Chelveston airfield so they could be used for energy generation. But after debating the issue at a meeting on Wednesday. the committee deferred a decision until members had visited the site.
Building the controversial Beauly to Denny transmission line would be an "entirely unnecessary act of vandalism", according to three senior industry and economic authorities who have complained that the public inquiry into the proposal will not let them explain why. The three - Professor Andrew Bain, Sir Donald Miller and Mr Colin Gibson - have written an open letter to the press because of their frustration that the inquiry is not allowing crucial evidence to be aired which would expose what they claim are deep flaws in the proposals.
The latest bid to build a windfarm near Kirkwhelpington has been opposed by Tynedale Council........ Their concerns were reflected by councillors who voted to agree with the recommendation that the Steadings development would "cause demonstrable harm in landscape and visual terms".
North Devon District Council have received more than 500 responses from members of the public wanting to comment on the controversial Batsworthy Cross wind farm application. As the time for decision making draws nearer, NDDC planning department will have to read and consider each comment before completing their report. In November 2006, NPower Renewables applied to build nine wind turbines at Batsworthy Cross, Knowstone, South Molton.
Marshland St James is an isolated, functional, centre-less village, little more than a ribbon of houses along a country road surrounded by farms. In the far west of Norfolk, close to the borders with Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire, it is a place that locals describe as "bandit country". It is not a place you expect an issue of national importance to find its focus. But on Monday, just a few days before the government released its white paper on energy, a local farmer was found dead in a drainage canal close to his home. A statement from his family linked his death to a battle over wind farms that has torn the village apart.
A company wanting to build eight wind turbines is to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate after a council deferred its application for a third time. Your Energy has applied for planning permission to erect the turbines near Gainsborough in Lincolnshire.
HOW long will it be before a big wind farm is built in Cambridge- shire - and where will it be? In recent months the county has become a battleground between residents and developers keen to put up turbines in rural locations, and the war is heating up.