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Concern is mounting about the impact of several power transmission lines from new and planned wind farms in the south-west.
An appeal against the Waverley Wind Farm project has been withdrawn, leaving the project free to go ahead as planned.
Opponents, however, say common sense has prevailed. A representative from the Blueskin Amenity and Landscape Society, formed in opposition to the wind farm, has said it was time for the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust to say enough was enough.
Opponents of a wind farm near Blueskin Bay say ''common sense has prevailed'' with the Environment Court decision on Monday but the ruling comes too late for one former resident who moved away in protest.
Huffman told commissioners the problems were worst when wind speeds were low, particularly between 6 metres per second and 10m per second. She backed the city council's position, that there should be an 8m per second threshold before the turbines kick in at night. She also said subjective assessment was a legitimate way to monitor noise.
A plan for a community-owned windmill near Dunedin has been rejected by the Environment Court. Blueskin Energy went to the court trying to save the pioneering project, after Dunedin City Council turned down resource consent.
"We've discontinued our relationship. There's a significant amount of money that needs to be expended on the turbines," said Brian Harris, chief executive of Chatham Islands Enterprise Trust, which oversees the power company Chatham Islands Electricity. Any proposal to get the turbines up and running again "needs to be cost-effective and reduce energy costs on the island".
An electricity transmission line cutting across their view of Mount Taranaki has united a group of Waverley residents in opposition.
The council and many residents living close to the proposed turbine site say the adverse effects on the nearest neighbours’ enjoyment of their properties were so significant the proposal should not proceed. Many of the concerns related to anticipated noise from the wind farm, despite the number of turbines having been reduced from three 90m structures to one 110m tall turbine. The likely harm to birdlife from the huge blades was also of concern.
Since a year ago, when independent commissioner Colin Weatherall refused consent for Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust’s planned three turbine wind farm, the number of turbines proposed has been reduced from three 90m tall structures to one 110m high turbine. Mr Weatherall said his decision was ‘‘significantly influenced’’ by the adverse effect the wind farm would have on the amenity and character of properties in Pryde Rd.
City council chief executive Paddy Clifford said in his notice of review that noise from Te Rere Hau needed to be better managed and monitored. He said there were inaccuracies in evidence given about the acoustic effects of the wind turbines at the original consent hearing, with the effects turning out to be far greater than had been predicted.
New planning rules for almost all of Palmerston North that lies outside the urban area have attracted more than a dozen appeals. The bulk of the 16 challenges, made the to Environment Court, focus on rules for wind farms.
Waverley and Patea people will soon find out whether 48 wind turbines are going to be built on coastal land there. South Taranaki District Council expects to make a decision on Waverley Wind Farm consents early next year, planning manager Blair Sutherland says.
Plans to build a wind farm in Dunedin have come to a halt after the project failed to fly. An application to build and operate a wind farm at Blueskin Bay in Dunedin was declined on Tuesday.
“My decision to decline the application was significantly influenced by the adverse effects the wind farm would have on the amenity and character of three Pryde Road properties. These effects were not able to be mitigated.”
Opponents of a proposed $325 million wind farm in South Taranaki fear it will ruin views of the mountain, affect property prices and even disrupt migratory birds.
The hearing began with a blow to the BRCT as council planner Darryl Sycamore no longer recommended consent be approved. He said he was reserving his position until the end of the hearing, given the trust had made changes to the proposal.
Mighty River Power is still planning to develop the Turitea Wind Farm on Palmerston North's eastern skyline, but doubts have been raised about whether it will go ahead.
Proponents of a $400 million wind farm near Tarago have not consulted neighbouring landholders sufficiently, nor assessed visual and noise impacts of the proposed turbines, says the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
Meridian Energy has been granted a five-year consent extension for its wind farm, Project Central Wind. ...But, after no construction since it was first granted Environment Court approval in 2010, this may be the last time the energy company is allowed to just "shunt" the project along.