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A leading green energy entrepreneur has thrown his support behind an island community as they wage a David and Goliath style battle against a major wind farm developer.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has applied to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal against the development of a wind farm which it argues would impact seabird colonies.
The company behind plans for a £2 billion wind farm off the Fife coast has called on bird protection charity the RSPB to abandon any further potential legal proceedings which could scupper the project and put hundreds of potential jobs at risk.
Locals who oppose the plans claim their lives are blighted by headaches, nausea and insomnia caused by low-frequency noise from two turbines. One of these, the Mitsubishi 7MW Sea Angel, is more than 630ft high, making it one of Britain’s tallest turbines.
An application has been lodged by Larne-based company Wind NI to construct seven massive, 400 metre-high turbines at a scenic beauty spot in the Antrim Hills. The proposal has been met with a chorus of condemnation.
The Scottish Government has been accused of a “clear contempt for democracy” after it was revealed it is overturning the majority of windfarm plans rejected by councils. Almost two thirds of wind farm applications which were vetoed by local authorities were subsequently given the green light when an appeal was submitted to the government.
"This judgment will come as a shock to many. The Supreme Court determined that the contractor, MT Højgaard, was under an obligation to ensure that the offshore windfarm's foundations would have a minimum lifetime of 20 years. This effectively placed on the contractor the consequences of an error in the international standard to which they were working.
Traffic was brought to a standstill in Nairn yesterday after two specialist lorries carrying massive wind turbine parts were forced to stop on a busy north road.
The Secretary of State said he agreed with the conclusion of the Planning Inspector that “there would be harm caused to the significance of a number of designated heritage assets” and that the size and layout of the 11 wind turbines would be “an incongruous presence of significant scale” which would harm the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Heritage Coast.
RBC is already facing a £20 million black hole after the scheme was blocked
A survey carried out on behalf of the John Muir Trust (JMT) found that 55% of respondents were “less likely” to venture into areas of the countryside industrialised by giant turbines, electricity pylons and super-quarries. ...The poll has rekindled calls for Scottish ministers to increase protection for wild and scenic areas that, it is argued, will protect rural tourism businesses.
Mr Javid agreed with the planning inspector that the area which fell under application A, on land in Rossendale, was valued for its "openness and tranquillity". The 115m wind turbines would have had a "significant adverse effect" on the landscape and views, he ruled. The final ruling can be accessed by clicking the document icon appearing on this page.
Two feisty birds have caused work on a giant substation at a new Highland wind farm to grind to a halt. Even bird-scarers did not deter the ground-nesting pair of golden plovers ...Work on the foundations of the substation has ceased since three eggs were laid and two chicks hatched.
A ramblers body has won High Court permission to challenge the decision to approve construction of a wind farm in the Antrim Hills.
RSPB Scotland argued that the threat posed to birds and wildlife habitats from the turbines was significant and it sought judicial review of the decision in 2014 to grant planning permissions for the projects. A ruling by Lord Stewart last July found in the charity’s favour but that decision was overturned ...RSPB Scotland has now sought leave to appeal that ruling.
The English Supreme Court is due to hear an appeal on the long-running dispute in connection with the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm. ...At issue is whether E.ON (the employer) or Højgaard (the contractor) must bear the approximate €26 million cost of remedying failed grouted connections between monopiles and transition pieces at Robin Rigg.
Wildlife experts claim that the noise generated by wind turbines can affect the sonar whales use to navigate, steering them off course. There are several commercial wind farms off East Anglia including Gunfleet Sands, which has 48 turbines.
But RSPB Scotland challenged the decision over fears that the 335 turbines could kill thousands of protected seabirds, including puffins, kittiwakes and gannets. The conservation charity claimed the Scottish Government had acted unlawfully when considering the applications.
Conservationists have warned thousands of Scotland’s seabirds will be put under threat after ministers won a court battle to give the go-ahead for four massive offshore windfarms.
This is a highly objectionable project and should be dismissed out of hand.