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ALLERDALE council planners will decide by the end of this month what action to take against energy giant E.on for failing to ensure that its turbines keep on turning. E.on has two turbines out of commission on its Siddick wind farm, one at Oldside and one at Lowca, which is in Copeland. ...When planning consent was given for the wind farms, the operators undertook to ensure that no turbine stood idle for more than six months.
A COUNCIL has clashed with a landscape expert over the suitability of an area of Northumberland countryside for a wind farm. The inquiry being held into a proposed 18-turbine development at South Charlton, near Alnwick, had previously heard how the farm would give the area a "sculptural quality". But yesterday that view was challenged by Alnwick District Council, which opposes the Middlemoor development. Paul Tucker, acting on behalf of the council, clashed with nPower witness, landscape consultant Jeffrey Stevenson, over both the size and location of the development. He said: "In terms of what is proposed, there is no doubt that they are at the top end of the scale.
A popular skydiving site has been saved from the threat of closure after planners unanimously voted against a bid to build a wind farm. Peterlee Parachute Centre, at Shotton Airfield, feared it would have to put a stop to jumps if the go-head was given to install two 111metre-high turbines at Edder Acres Farm. ...All nine of the members on District of Easington Council's development control committee agreed with officer recommendations the application from A7 Energy should be refused because of the impact it would have on the centre.
A 63-metre tall wind turbine bent in two at Beinn an Tuirc Windfarm last Thursday. In what has been described as ‘a catastrophic failure’ of the turbine, the tower section has folded in the middle smashing the blades and nacelle into the hillside. It is thought by those in the industry that this is the first time a turbine tower has ever collapsed in the UK and Vestas Celtic, which manufactures towers at its nearby Kintyre factory and Scottish Power owners of the farm have launched an inquiry to find out what went wrong with the Vestas V47 turbine.
Cumbria is on course for its 100th commercial scale wind turbine. But that number would actually double very quickly if developers did not run into so much opposition across the county. Many more turbines are planned offshore - with massive schemes in the pipeline for the Solway and Morecambe Bay. Figures obtained by The Cumberland News show that there are 14 separate windfarms built and operating on shore in Cumbria.
A PLAN to build a £30 million wind farm at Stroupster has been decisively rejected by voters in the area covered by Dunnet and Canisbay Community Council. A ballot which was initiated by the community council and organised by Electoral Reform Services resulted in 801 people taking part - a participation rate of 63.2 per cent. Of those who voted, 491 (61.3 per cent) opposed the development while 310 (38.7 per cent) backed it. A total of 1267 ballot papers were issued. ..."It is a significant majority and underlines the strength of feeling in the community," Mr Watts said
A number of organisations and individuals objected to the turbines Plans to build 12 wind turbines have been thrown out by Conwy council's planning committee. Critics claimed the turbines proposed near Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr would have ruined views and impacted on wildlife and tourism. ...on Wednesday council officers advised the committee to refuse planning permission because only some of the reservations highlighted in September had been addressed in their alterations.
A huge wind farm would give the Northumberland hills a "sculptural quality", a power company expert has claimed. Giving evidence to a public inquiry being held into the proposed development of 18 turbines at South Charlton near Alnwick, landscape consultant Jeffrey Stevenson said the development would not harm the landscape. Speaking from his report prepared for Npower Renewables, the firm behind the development, he said: "The wind farm would, in my professional opinion, introduce a strong sculptural quality to the landscape.
A County Durham parachute centre claims it could close if a third attempt to build wind turbines nearby is approved. The 100-metre high structures would be situated at Edder Acres in Shotten Colliery just over a mile from the Peterlee Parachute Centre drop zone. The centre claims parachuters would be at risk from the turbines' blades. Easington Council will consider the proposals on Thursday. Turbine operator A7 Energy said there was a one in 25m of skydivers hitting blades.
After generating huge interest across Berwickshire and beyond, a controversial planning application has been rejected by Scottish Borders Council after it was decided that it contravened key council policies. Meeting on Monday, the Council's Development and Building Control Committee, decided to follow the recommendation of planning officials and unanimously put a halt to the plans to have a windfarm on Coldingham Moor. Since it was originally lodged last year, the application has sparked a vast difference in opinion, gathering responses on a local, national and even international level.
CONTROVERSIAL plans for a wind farm on Bickerton Hills have caused outrage from angry objectors who say it will blot the South Cheshire landscape. Durham-based Banks Developments Ltd has applied to Crewe & Nantwich Borough Council for planning permission for a 60-metre wind-monitoring mast on land off Long Lane - the first application of its type in the district. ...Residents fear there could be as many as 15 turbines built in the long run and have vowed to fight to keep the area free from any development.
A wind farm development would cause "unacceptable harm" to the Northumberland landscape, a council has said at the first day of a public inquiry. Yesterday saw the opening of the first of a series of wind farm inquiries that will be held across the county, as Alnwick District Council and nPower Renewables locked horns over the proposed development at North Charlton, close to Alnwick.
PLANS to build a wind farm at a site in the Nephin Beg mountain range have fallen foul of rules on the protection of sensitive views and landscapes. ...Because of the scenic and unspoilt location of the site, planners expressed concerns about the suitability of the wind farm project. The turbines were proposed for a location less than 500 metres from the Owenduff/Nephin candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC). This scenic site overlaps with Altaconey Bog, which is a proposed Natural Heritage Area (NHA).
The environment minister said he hoped the opening would help him understand more about such projects. "All of us need to understand what is positive and what is negative about wind power," he said. "By talking to those who are involved in schemes and seeing at first hand places where there has been controversy - most recently here in terms of bird kills - I hope to get more information to guide my own work in terms of the environmental impact of such schemes.
A SHETLAND wind farm will carry on operating despite the collapse of a turbine identical to the ones they are using. A 200 foot high Vestas V47 turbine was bent in half during storms at Scottish Power's 26 megawatt wind farm, at Beinn an Tuirc, in Argyll and Bute, last week. This site and two others owned by Scottish Power, in the Borders and Ayrshire, had their turbines shut down as a precaution until the cause of the problem is investigated fully by engineers. ..."The safest thing we can do unless otherwise advised by Vestas is to let these things work the way they are supposed to work. "Until we know what caused that turbine to fall over it would be almost dangerous to speculate."
Engineers were working over the weekend to investigate the collapse of a wind turbine which led to three Scottish wind farms being shut. The 200ft turbine at the Beinn an Tuirc wind farm in Argyll and Bute "bent in half" during heavy winds last week. ScottishPower, which owns the 26-turbine facility, has closed it while representatives of the company that manufacture Vestas V47 machines investigate the fault. Dunlaw wind farm, a 26-turbine base near Lauder in the Borders, and the 20-turbine Hare Hill facility, close to New Cumnock, Ayrshire, were also shut down as a precautionary measure.
The government's conservation watchdog has been accused of putting wildlife and wild places at risk by preparing to relax its defences against development. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is under fire from environmental groups and insiders for allowing plans for a coal mine and wind farms to go ahead, despite the damage they could do to rare birds and peat bogs. Critics warn that a review of corporate strategy being led by SNH chairman Andrew Thin could result in more damaging developments being given the go-ahead. Fears have been fuelled by a recent interview in which Thin said he was neither a conservationist nor an environmentalist.
Three Scottish windfarms were "switched off" yesterday after a massive turbine collapsed in high winds. The machine, which stands more than 200ft tall at a windfarm in Argyll, apparently "bent in half" during the storm conditions that swept Scotland on Thursday. Operator Scottish Power stopped the 26-turbine facility ahead of a probe into the cause of the collapse. The energy giant also switched off two windfarms in the south of Scotland which use the same Vestas V47 turbines.
Parachuters at a threatened aerodrome look set to fight off a third attempt to build a wind farm nearby. Peterlee Parachute Centre fears it would have to stop jumps at its airfield in Shotton Colliery if the go-ahead is given to build two 111-metre tall turbines at Edder Acres farm. A7 Energy's original plans were refused in 2005 and a subsequent appeal rejected. ...Planning officers have recommended refusal on the grounds that it would jeopardise the future of the airfield, which hosts the only parachute centre between Bridlington and Scotland. They said: "The information submitted in support of this resubmission is not considered sufficient to overcome the concerns which led to the previous decision made by the council."