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Hundreds clapped and cheered as Lincolnshire councillors unanimously rejected a proposal to build a wind farm near Hemswell Cliff, north of Lincoln. More than 350 people attended the special planning meeting held by West Lindsey District Council at Lincolnshire Showground on Wednesday, October 30.
“They are a damn sight bigger that most if the turbines you see around farms. “They are going to be pretty monstrous, a real eyesore. “I will be able to sit in my living room and see them - there will be no missing them.”
Planning officer, Dave Dimon, argued the Woodmancott turbines on a clear winter’s day would be detrimental to the landscape. The Winchester councillors said the turbines would have an “unacceptable impact upon the unspoilt landscape character of the area and its contribution to the setting of the South Downs National Park.”
Frustration over the quality and quantity of information provided by Navitus Bay Developments Ltd (NBDL) prompted a suggestion that Bournemouth council call on the Government to ‘throw the plans out without further ado’. But cabinet members instead decided to ask the town’s two MPs to pass on their disappointment about Navitus’ failure to answer their questions and provide additional information.
Campaigners said the turbines “turned the area into an industrial graveyard” as they celebrated news of the removal of the rusty machines, which will be used as scrap metal. Locals said they had blighted the landscape and hadn’t worked for three quarters of the time they had been at the site in the Yorkshire Dales.
Navitus Bay has ‘no excuse’ for not delivering full information about the environmental impacts of their proposed wind farm. That’s the view of Bourne-mouth council, which said its confidence in the integrity of Navitus Bay has been ‘undermined’.
Consultants commissioned by the county council expressed ‘disappointment’ in a report to the committee that NBDL would not submit 70mm or 75mm focal length single frame printed images that would provide a clearer picture of what the development would look like. They said the wind farm could not be sited entirely out of site within the development boundary.
‘Some communities have genuine concerns that when it comes to developments such as wind turbines and solar farms, insufficient weight is being given to local environmental considerations like landscape, heritage and local amenity. The new guidance makes it clear that the need for renewable energy does not automatically override environmental protections and the views of local communities will be listened to.'
Poole councillor Tony Woodcock said although the consultation report mentioned clutter on radar displays at the airport, there was no clear mention of any effect on ships radar and navigational systems. He said there was no study of the effect of the blade noise carried ashore by prevailing winds and no mitigation for 1.2 million migrating birds.
Wind farms and flyovers which block some of the country’s most glorious views are one of the biggest threats to Britain’s cultural heritage, the chief executive of English Heritage has said. Simon Thurley said his ‘biggest challenge’ was to find ways to stop the erection of wind farms and other eyesores from obscuring historic buildings and monuments.
The UK's only "dark sky” park which gives astronomers a crystal clear view of space is being threatend by wind turbines with lights on, scientists are warning. Alex Salmond has been urged to protect the UK's only 'dark sky' park from wind turbines.
Around 160 people visited the exhibition when it came to Lighthouse Poole, which features visual and written examples on everything people may need to know about the Navitus Bay scheme. However, it seems that many questions were still left unanswered for some of the residents that the Daily Echo approached who came to visit the exhibition.
Tribunal de Grande in Montpellier in France found that the visual and audible impacts of an operating wind facility on the owners of the Eighteenth Century Château de Flers in the northern French province of Nord-Pas-de-Calais were unreasonable and ordered the ten turbines be removed. A summary of the Tribunal's ruling is provided below. The full order can be found by clicking the link(s) on this page.
Mr Heasman said the turbines were drawn about 30 per cent smaller than they would actually be. Now, he has had a response from NBDL and its landscape architects LDA Design essentially admitting that he was correct, he says.
The Middlemoor and Wandylaw projects as seen from Holy Island across the Pilgrims Way. Middlemoor consists of 18 turbines, each with a height of up to 125 metres (including the blades) and a maximum generating capacity of 54 megawatts. The project was placed into service during the summer of 2013. The separate Wandylaw project consists of 10 turbines, also each standing 125 meters in height, with a capacity of 20.5 megawatts.
In evidence submitted to the inquiry, landscape architects acting on behalf of the company say Mr and Mrs Shotton's Moor Edge Cottage, next to the A697, has direct views towards the proposed turbines. It also says further tree planting near the boundary of their garden, or closer to the house, would help to screen views within about eight years.
The document says that if a conifer hedgerow, which has been planted around the boundary of their garden, was allowed to grow to 5.4 metres (17ft 7ins) it would "screen all views of the turbines." It also says further tree planting near the boundary of their garden, or closer to the house, would help to screen views within about eight years.
Scottish Natural Heritage has recently published a draft revision that calls for images at the scale used by wind farm opponents Challenge Navitus. Dr Andrew Langley, of Challenge Navitus, said: "While visual impact is just one issue, this wind farm would have a very significant effect on our seascape, so it is important to know how it might look.
The Lynn and Inner Dowsing projects consisting of 54 Seimens 3.6-107 turbines are sited 5.2 KM off Skegness and 5.2 KM off Ingoldmells. This image from Skegness Beach shows the visual impact.
Council chiefs are set to give wind farm developers the go-ahead to build a 200ft mast next to a lighthouse, despite admitting it will spoil a picturesque coastline on a Hebridean island.