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UK Government: Cumbrian wind gains strength

The go ahead for one of the UK's largest offshore wind farms to date will be announced by the Prime Minister today, in a speech to business leaders. The 500MW West of Duddon Sands wind farm is planned near Walney Island off the coast of Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria and will comprise of up to 139 turbines. ...The Energy Secretary John Hutton has also approved an updated application from Ormonde Energy Limited to build a 150MW wind farm comprising of up to 30 turbines, which will also be sited near to Walney Island.
4 Sep 2008

300 residents applaud axing of wind farm

Proposals to build a wind farm have been rejected after thousands of residents bombarded planners with letters of objection to the scheme. The controversial plans for seven wind turbines on land in Bearstone, near the Staffordshire-Shropshire border, had attracted 2,300 individual letters of opposition. North Shropshire District Council's planning meeting, held last night, pulled a crowd of more than 300 people who burst into spontaneous applause and cheers when councillors voted 10 to three against the application.
3 Sep 2008

Giant wind turbine plan rejected

Plans for a 127 metre-high wind turbine next to Dewlay's cheese business off the A6 near Garstang have been rejected. The company wanted to boost its green credentials by being powered by energy supplied from the towering turbine, which would have stood almost as high as Blackpool Tower. But councillors, worried about the turbine's imact on the flat Wyre countryside, have told cheese company bosses and their backers the project is too big and would be out of place.
3 Sep 2008

Last minute appeal for wind farm bid

The firm's plans to build 18 wind turbines with a maximum height of 102 metres at the popular Auchencorth Moss beauty spot near Penicuik were rejected by Midlothian Council in February. But the scheme now looks set to go to a public inquiry after E.ON lodged an appeal against the decision with just days to spare before the deadline to appeal expired.
2 Sep 2008

Storm over wind farm plan

Last week Camelford Town Council staged an emergency meeting at which the public were invited to express their views on a proposal by Community Windpower Ltd for the wind turbines. However, town clerk Brian Groves said as yet the council had not received any formal notice of application for the turbines. Around 40 people attended the meeting and among protestors was Colin Caudery ...Mr Caudery, who lives between St Clether and Davidstow, urged councillors to "throw out" the application when it came before them for consultation.
2 Sep 2008

Councils’ wind farm views set to be blown away

RidgeWind Ltd wants to build 10 turbines at the site. But the council refused the application last October by eight votes to two on the basis it would harm the landscape and tourism and because of Ministry of Defence (MoD) concerns over the impact of the turbines on the air defence radar at nearby RAF Brizlee Wood. An appeal was submitted and a public inquiry is to begin in Berwick on September 16. But the government’s decision last month to approve plans for turbines at nearby Middlemoor has led council officers to ask members to consider whether they still want to oppose the Wandylaw scheme at the inquiry.
1 Sep 2008

Questions unanswered at wind farm meeting

A meeting was held on Tuesday night by developers Your Energy to talk to the planning committee of Yelvertoft Parish Council and members of the public about the proposed plans for an eight-turbine wind farm near the village. However the meeting in the Reading Room, in the High Street, left some people frustrated as the developers were unable to answer many of the questions asked. ...
30 Aug 2008

Wind farm group turns out in force

An action group fighting plans for eight massive wind turbines in a Northamptonshire village turned out in force to hear the proposals from an energy firm. More than 50 villagers joined the No Wind farm at Yelvertoft (NoWay) group protesting against Your Energy's presentation on Tuesday night. Many had to listen to the parish council's planning meeting from the streets after residents filled the room.
30 Aug 2008

MP shocked by report supporting wind farm

North Shropshire MP, Owen Paterson, has spoken of his "shock" that North Shropshire District Council officers have given the go ahead to build a wind farm in Norton-in-Hales. Controversial plans to build seven giant wind turbines at Lower Farm, Bearstone, are set to get the green light from planning chiefs, despite thousands of objections from angry neighbours.
29 Aug 2008

Roos wind farm rejected

Plans to build a three-turbine wind farm near an East Yorkshire village have been turned down. The scheme for land at Tedder Hill, close to Roos, near Withernsea, was narrowly rejected by East Riding Council's planning committee today. Committee chairman Councillor Chuck Hunter used his casting vote after the vote went seven for, seven against the controversial scheme.
28 Aug 2008

E.ON to appeal over Scottish wind farm rejection

E.ON UK is to appeal against a local government refusal to grant planning permission for a wind farm at Auchencorth Moss in Scotland, the German-owned utility said on Thursday. Midlothian Council rejected the plan to build a 45-megawatt onshore wind farm neat Penicuik in February, despite the project's potential to contribute towards Britain's already challenging renewable energy targets.
28 Aug 2008

Appeal likely over Garstang wind turbine

Wyre Council looks likely to reject the controversial proposal by cheese firm Dewlay for a single turbine tower next to its base off the A6 between Garstang and Churchtown at next Wednesday's meeting of its planning committe. Planning officers are urging rejection of the plans, drawn up by Wind Direct of Lancaster, for the award-winning cheesemakers. More than 300 people have written to Wyre Council opposing the planning application. Parish councils, including Kirkland, have also objected.
28 Aug 2008

Planners urge 'no' to Garstang wind turbine

An ill wind may be blowing for the plan for the 127 metre-high wind turbine next to Dewlay's cheese business off the A6 near Garstang. Planning chiefs at Wyre Council are urging councillors to reject the scheme. Details of the recommendation to next week's planning meeting were made public today.
27 Aug 2008

Decision day nears for Garstang wind turbine plan

Opponents of plans for a 127 metre-high wind turbine next to Dewlay's cheese business off the A6 near Garstang will find out on Wednesday (Aug 27) if planning bosses are urging approval or refusal of the scheme. Details of the recommendation will be made public on Wednesday when the agenda for the September 3 meeting is published. As reported in last week's Courier more than 300 people have objected to the plans.
25 Aug 2008

Wind farm plans up in the air

A wind farm given the green-light in Essex will have to go before the Planning Inspectorate again after the original permission was quashed. Maldon District Council had conceded defeat last October in its battle against plans for 10 turbines at Hockley Farm, Bradwell. But it has now emerged the scheme will have to be re-assessed by the Planning Inspectorate after drafting errors were made in two of the planning conditions. It is the latest twist in the saga of the wind farm, which was originally rejected by council planners before getting the go-ahead last year following a public inquiry.
23 Aug 2008

Wind farm developer wins mast appeal

A wind farm developer has won an appeal to build a 60-metre test mast between two villages. Earlier this year, Stockton Council's planning committee turned down Broadview Energy's proposal to erect a monitoring mast on farmland between Hilton and Seamer. However, this week Government planning inspector Anthony Wilson overturned the council's decision. He commented on the "attractive appearance" of the area, but said he did not consider the mast would cause "any undue harm to the site and its immediate surroundings, especially when compared with the size, scale and appearance of the electricity pylons nearby".
22 Aug 2008


Worried villagers living in the shadow of a proposed five-turbine wind farm near Dunton Bassett say they are determined to fight the plans. Broadview Energy was this week granted permission to build a 60m temporary data-gathering mast on land at Low Spinney Farm - and plans for the scheme are likely to be submitted in the winter. The scheme is the latest in a rash of such plans. Already in the pipeline is an 11-turbine scheme at Swinford, a single turbine at North Kilworth, and plans for several large wind farms in the Harborough area.
15 Aug 2008

Fury as appeal says yes to wind farm

An application for the mast, which is designed to monitor the potential for a wind farm at the foot of Bickerton Hill, was thrown out by Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council in February but the Planning Inspectorate has overturned the decision. Campaign group Stop Bickerton Wind Turbines (SBWT) has vowed to fight applicant Banks Developments to the end and has enlisted the support of Eddisbury MP Stephen O'Brien. The group - which raised a 171-name petition, and mustered 400 letters of objection - believes an application for a five-turbine wind farm is now inevitable.
13 Aug 2008

Wind farm inquiry gets under way

Scottish Borders Council rejected PM Renewables plans last November due to concerns about the location and the impact on tourism. The developers lodged an appeal with the Scottish Government which will now decide the project's fate.
12 Aug 2008

Powys council reassures wind developers over planning "delay"

Powys county council has dismissed claims that it will not decide on future wind farm plans until the local road network is improved as a "misunderstanding", writes Rachel Johnson. However, the council, along with the Welsh Assembly, has hired a team of consultants to look into concerns that local transport links are "inadequate" for the needs of wind farm developers. The Council has not made any policy statement regarding wind farms.
12 Aug 2008
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