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The UN's cultural agency made the formal request following an earlier warning that the spectacular Benedictine abbey on a rocky island off Normandy could lose the world heritage status it has enjoyed since 1979 if it fails to comply.
Some of the people who had been fighting the plans for five years broke down in tears when North Devon District Council's planning committee turned down the application to build a wind farm close to Exmoor National Park on Wednesday evening.
A new wind turbine planned for Witchford was turned down by the council's planning committee this week because it would have been located too close to a war memorial.
The Swiss Heritage Society released a position paper entitled: "Yes to green power - but not at the expense of the landscape and historic sites". The paper says that the preservation of landscape and architecture is as much in the public interest as the ecological production of energy.
"The visual intrusion of this application is the foundation of our very strong objection to this proposal. We have further concerns regarding the proposal to remove hedgerows, the impact on endangered wildlife and the impact on scheduled ancient monuments and listed buildings."
"As an island nation it does seem strange that it's taken us more than six decades to start thinking about how we protect our seascapes, these wonderful yet fragile places that mean so much to people," he said. Mr Dyke said offshore wind is a worry.
Associate director Neil Gray stated: "The proposed development risks impacting on the landscape and visual resources of Strathearn, including its effect on the Gleneagles Hotel Historic Garden and Designed Landscape.
Members rejected the appeal last week on the grounds that the existing level of wind turbine development in the Eastern Lammermuirs was such that the environment was prejudiced beyond reasonable measure to permit further turbines. In particular, members felt that any turbines of this nature and size in this general location would definitely impact to the detriment of the Area of Great Landscape Value.
It is one of Scotland's most famous and impressive Victorian structures but the Skerryvore lighthouse off the coast of Tiree could soon be lost from view. Islanders campaigning against the siting of a massive off-shore windfarm to the southwest of Tiree have warned that the Stevenson-built structure will be hidden in a forest of massive turbines is ScottishPower is given the go-ahead for the Argyll Array.
A multi-billion-pound plan to erect vast wind farms off France's Atlantic coast could cost one of the country's top landmarks, the Mont St Michel, its coveted title as a UNESCO world heritage site. ...Unlike Britain and Germany, France has no large offshore wind farms.
Bosses at the firm behind the rejected Saxby Wold wind farm say they are considering their options after planners revealed their reasons for refusal. North Lincolnshire Council refused the application for 18 wind turbines by RWE npower Renewables on the grounds it would harm the visual landscape.
Plans to site a mammoth eight-turbine wind farm at Chase Farm, Baumber have been thrown out following years of ‘sheer hard work and determination' from the opposition. Planning Inspector David Rose dismissed an appeal by developers Enertrag UK following a public inquiry at Minting Village Hall in October.
Horspath councillors claim a proposed wind turbine on the edge of the village would tower over homes and blot the landscape. Partnership for Renewables, (PfR) wants to build the 130-metre tall turbine on the south side of Oxford Road, Horspath, close to the entrance to the village.
Plans to build a wind farm near the city's famous Flag Fen Bronze Age site have gone on show for the first time.
Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and the Scottish Campaign for National Parks are angry at the latest draft of the park's local plan. They say park planners have identified large areas of sensitive, scenic landscape as suitable areas of search for windfarm developments. The conservation groups urged park authority members to declare the park a no-go area for windfarms.
The decision on whether to give the go ahead for Enertrag UK Ltd to locate a wind farm at Chase Farm, Baumber, is due to be made at a three-week-long public inquiry beginning on October 5. ..."We do feel strongly that this proposal at Baumber is not the right site. The countryside and old buildings of our county are very precious and it is so easy to damage them by not thinking carefully about the ways that they could change."
Out of 89 sites given special protection due to the quality of their landscape, planning permission for turbines has been approved or sought at 14. Affected areas range from Cornwall and the Isle of Wight to the Lake District, the Outer Hebrides and the Shetland Islands. Campaigners claimed that the projects would spoil much-loved views and called for clearer rules on where wind farms can and cannot be built. In England, out of 35 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), four are the subject of a planning application for turbines.
Campaigners against plans for a wind farm in North Newbald, near Market Weighton, have argued the scheme would destroy the Yorkshire Wolds landscape. Members of the public were given the opportunity to have their say this afternoon on the scheme at a public enquiry at County Hall in Beverley.
The developer behind a four-turbine windfarm near Wigton has admitted it could have "major, long-term impact" on the local area. ...As part of the application, the firm has carried out an assessment of the impact the turbines would have on the local landscape, and made the admissions within that assessment. The impact of the turbines would extend for around 18 kilometres. But the biggest impact would be on Threapland itself.
Big name backing has come forward in opposition to two proposed wind farms at Spaldington who claim the turbines would be "visually horrific, inappropriate and ineffective". Throwing their weight behind the STOP (Spaldington Turbines Opposition Project) group is not only Howden and Haltemprice MP David Davies but MEP Godfrey Bloom and international best-selling author Frederick Forsyth. ...David Davis told the Courier this week: "Both of these proposed wind farms would seriously blight the lives of people who live nearby.