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Hundreds of furious villagers stormed a renewable energy firm’s open day to protest against gigantic wind turbines proposed for the heart of the Canterbury countryside. RES Ltd unveiled plans to build 11 new turbines as tall as 150 metres on marshland near Chislet and Marshside.
A controversial wind farm developers wanted to build on the edge of the Cairngorms has been denied planning permission by the Scottish Government. Opponents said the wind farm would ruin the local area and impact on the view at the national park.
Scotland used to be a remarkably wild, unspoilt place. Not any more, though. There’s now only 40 per cent of Scotland left where wind turbines are not blighting the view. (And already that figure is out of date because lots more turbines have sprung up since like skeletons in Jason of the Argonauts, and many more are planned). And let’s not forget the human cost: all those Scots whose rural tranquillity and health have been jeopardised by these bat-chomping, bird-slicing, subsidy-troughing eco crucifixes.
"I determined that the proposal would result in an undesirable proliferation of turbines on this lowland plateau which would cause considerable harm to both landscape character and visual amenity." Regarding the Peters Marland turbine, Mr Pike said, although the effect on landscape character would be "acceptable" – there would be substantial adverse effect on visual, residential amenity.
A renewable energy company has snapped up a wind farm project next to its own scheme in Northumberland. Infinis Energy has bought an approved turbine project which neighbours its own planned scheme north of Morpeth.
It is difficult to comprehend the scale of a wind farm proposed for north Co Meath and the project would result in the “sterilisation” of other investment in the area, a planning hearing has heard.
A farmer who turned down an offer of £1million to put a wind turbine on his land because he wanted to keep the countryside “beautiful and unspoilt” has been vindicated after a neighbour’s application was dismissed by a planning inspector. ...Planning inspector Sukie Tamplin concluded that the scheme would be “seriously harmful” to the “timeless qualities” of the remote area.
South West MEP Ashley Fox visited Bournemouth to join the fight against the wind farm and urged residents to lobby the Government before it was too late.
Lincoln Cathedral, an imposing building set on a hill in a county renowned for its lack of gradients, has defined the local landscape for hundreds of years. But plans for a wind farm on the nearby estate of vacuum-cleaner tycoon Sir James Dyson, with turbines twice as high as the cathedral, have raised fears that the area’s unique character could be destroyed.
Onshore wind farm subsidies are being ended to prevent the “beautiful countryside of the United Kingdom” being covered with wind turbines, ministers have announced.
Subsidies for new wind farms should be scrapped as rural parts of the country have "had enough" of developments, the Scottish Conservatives have said.
Plans to build 121 giant offshore wind turbines by Dorset could see the UK lose its only natural World Heritage Site, according to campaigners. ...The Navitus Bay Wind Park of 121 giant turbines, each towering hundreds of feet above the sea, would be clearly visible - and even potentially audible - from land.
"Alex Salmond is abusing his power by having these horrendous wind turbines littering Scotland." Referring to a drop in the price of oil, he added: "The technology is obsolete, they didn't work at $100 a barrel and they certainly don't work at $50 a barrel."
‘The last thing Scottish ministers want to know is how many turbines have been imposed on the country. If they did, they would have to tell the Scottish people and they couldn’t blame Westminster as planning is fully devolved. ‘They would also have to stop dodging key policy questions like how many turbines do we need, how many can we afford and how many can our landscape and communities take.
Project manager Sebastian Riss said: “Following objections on, among others, ecological grounds, which would require in-depth and long-term assessments, we decided to withdraw the application and are not intending to pursue a wind turbine development further at this location.”
Wild land charity the John Muir Trust has written to Energy Minister Fergus Ewing asking him to refuse consent to three large wind farms in designated Wild Land Areas.
"We believe the community has made a wise decision, looking to the long-term future of the Black Isle. It is also a good decision for the sensible use of public funds."
The company will now drill through two sections of the sea defences, as Centrica did for the Lincs Wind Farm, but residents have demanded assurances they will be safe from the risk of flooding and the sea defences will be fully reinstated and properly monitored.
Plans to replace one of Britain’s oldest wind farms with new turbines almost three times as tall will have a “devastating” effect on the Lake District, campaigners have warned. The 12 turbines of the existing Kirkby Moor wind farm, which was built in 1993, are each 139 feet tall and stand less than a mile outside the southern boundary of the National Park.
Wind turbines can now be seen from almost half of all places in Scotland, according to the latest figures from the government’s nature agency. A new Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) report shows the scale of areas affected has more than doubled in the past five years, from 19.9 per cent in 2008 to 45.9 per cent in 2013. ...“How much longer will SNH help Scottish ministers to hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil when it comes to industrial wind turbines?”