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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.”
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.
But consent for the project will lapse later this month. For the extension to be granted, Meridian had to show it had made substantial progress or effort on the project, had approval from persons who might be adversely affected by its granting, and that it fitted with the objectives of Rangitikei's district plan.
The Environment Court originally said that the wind farm was producing noise levels that breached its resource consent conditions. The council had sought a declaration from the court on whether Te Rere Hau complied with the noise conditions of its resource consent.
Meridian Energy has been given a further 12 months to start work on a proposed wind farm between Taihape and Waiouru. The company received resource consent in February 2009 for a 52-turbine project called Central Wind. A condition of the consent was that the company had five years to start work on the project.
Speculation that plans to establish a wind farm near Moawhango will go ahead now that Meridian Energy has dropped plans for a wind farm in Central Otago have been quashed.
More than $300 million has been spent on wind farms in the past 18 months, and a dozen more projects – more than 200 megawatts of potential capacity – wait in the wings as turbine prices have fallen as much as 20 per cent in the past couple of years.
It has not committed to its next generation project in New Zealand. But it was likely to be one of two projects that have already gained consent, or another near to getting consent. Meridian has a consent for the 120MW Central Wind project, near Waiouru, and for a project in Hawke's Bay which could be up to 127MW.