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A north-east windfarm developer has asked the Scottish Government to release him from an agreement to fund affordable homes in Turriff. James Norrie, who won planning permission to install three turbines at Cairnhill, near Turriff in 2014, applied to Aberdeenshire Council earlier this year to get out of the agreement to fund the houses.
After the discussion with the Gamesa representatives had concluded, community councillor Bob Boan expressing his growing concern over number of windfarms ...He raged that the area from Challoch up to Givan was in danger of becoming a “windfarm dump” and suggested the community council should take a stance on wind power developments.
The Tories – who are currently vying for second place in the polls with Labour – have committed themselves to giving communities the “right to decide” on windfarm developments in their area. Massive wind schemes throughout the north and north-east of Scotland have sparked a widespread backlash from local residents, concerned that turbines are damaging rural landscapes and hurting tourism.
But Perth and Kinross Local Review Body upheld the planning department’s refusal, citing concerns over the impact of the turbines on tourism and on scenery because of their size and proposed layout. A total of 17 people, believed to live close by, wrote in support of the scheme, with 117 objecting, as well as community councils from Auchterarder to Methven.
Communities would be allowed to call a halt to wind farm developments under plans revealed by the Scottish Conservatives. A proposal to give local people the ability to impose moratoriums on wind farms features in the party's action plan for rural Scotland ahead of May's election.
Following the installation of a second 130ft (40m) turbine at a farm 310m away, Gareth and Pam Down, can now see masts through the front and back windows of their home at Lower Punchardon Farm, near Winkleigh. In fact, there is almost no escaping the spinning blades, which are even visible as a moving reflection in glass doors, kitchen appliances and the flat-screen television.
The Cotton Farm campaigners, along with the Independent Noise Group, are calling on the Government to protect existing wind farm neighbours and bring in tighter controls on where wind farms are located in the future, specially their proximity to homes. ...“They [people living near turbines] cannot sell their houses and they can’t open their windows. The data is available.
Since we have had no energy planning or researched strategy in place since 1990 the reality is that we need to keep ageing nuclear stations operating to supply base load as we cannot reliably depend on the outputs from renewable sources (predominantly wind) into which we have blindly and ignorantly invested so much.
Military chiefs oppose the scheme because they say it will cause “unacceptable interference” to the Air Traffic Control radar service at RAF Lossiemouth, despite being almost 40 miles away over the Moray Firth. The MoD insists that it will not reconsider its objection unless the applicant puts forward a “radar mitigation solution”, but this has not been forthcoming.
Copeland Council rejected plans the 48m-high structure on farmland at Cobble Hall, Cleator Moor, having received strong objections from local residents and councillors. The applicant challenged the decision, but his appeal has now been thrown out.
I think the fact that our overwhelming emotion is relief is probably an indication of how much we have been affected just by the threat of this terrible development, and over a prolonged period. This means the application is dead in the water.
A controversial plan for a 102-metre wind turbine has been blocked by the Secretary of State. ...the turbine would result in ‘unacceptable’ harm to the Caistor Conservation Area and that it would have a detrimental visual impact upon the views and setting of the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The idea to end the renewables obligation (RO) early is included within the Energy Bill, which received an unopposed third reading from MPs and will return to the Lords for further scrutiny. ...Alongside changes to subsidies, the Bill also seeks to give people the final say on new onshore wind development applications in their area.
Plans to build a 102-metre wind turbine in Caistor have been rejected. Communities and Local Government minister Greg Clarke has backed the original decision made by West Lindsey Councillors following an appeal.
Public meetings last week saw growing support for an action group fighting the construction of a 22-turbine wind farm at Heckington Fen. ‘Heck Off’ - as it is being called - held a well-attended public meeting last Tuesday in the Hume Arms at South Kyme to explain to concerned residents the latest position in which developers Ecotricity are seeking to amend their current permission.
Thanks to government policies deliberately distorting the market, we have over-invested in wind and solar. It has blighted investment in reliable capacity that can keep the lights on. This is the crux of Britain’s energy crunch. Clearly it was a colossal mistake to have embarked on renewables with storage unsolved.
Countryside campaigners are "delighted" after an appeal for a large wind turbine near Bideford has been dismissed by the planning inspectorate.
Critics of the technology warn turbines pose a threat to birds, particularly rare species which are already suffering from low numbers or migratory species, as well as to bats. The Scottish Gamekeepers' Association (SGA) has previously claimed wind turbines are killing killed more birds of prey than deliberate poisoning or shooting.
“The feeling now is pretty much of relief that the right decision has been made. We were all quite emotional that this fight is over and we can get on with our lives and not worry about this huge turbine that would have impacted on us."
Developer Vattenfall Windfarm has written to the Planning Inspectorate asking it to de-register the Mynydd Lluest y Graig scheme, earmarked for a site near Llanerfyl, in Powys.