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But in November, energy, planning and rural affairs secretary Ms Griffiths decided to give the turbines the go-ahead. Although she accepted the wind farm would have "a significant impact" on the monuments, she disagreed with the inspector's conclusions. Focusing on the pressing need for on-shore renewable energy sources, she said there were "exceptional circumstances" justifying the development.
I am starting to wonder if a mystery noise around our house which drove us mad for months comes from the same box of tricks as wind farm turbines. A public petition raised in Scotland is trying to force the UK Government to investigate claims mysterious acoustic activity around wind farms is making people ill.
A Galloway resident has launched a petition calling for the full health implications of wind farms to be investigated before any more are built. Paul Swift said: “Thousands of people are living within 20 kilometres (12 miles) of a wind turbine and they may be suffering from health issues created by “infrasound.”
The Watson family, whose links to minister Nomvula Mokonyane were exposed during explosive testimony at the Zondo Commission on State Capture, want to build a controversial wind farm in the Eastern Cape. And the minister on whose decision their plans depend is … Mokonyane.
The Scottish Government has vowed to convene a summit after issues over fairness were exposed in the Moray East offshore wind farm contract procurement process. It comes after troubled Scottish firm Burntisland Fabrication (BiFab) was overlooked in favour of two foreign rivals.
Mr and Mrs Milne did not object to the development, as they were never given notice of them during the planning process. But the couple – who had considered building their own turbine on the land by their home – became so fed up with the noise that they complained to the council, and after being unsatisfied with the impact the noise notice issued, decided to go to Aberdeen Sheriff Court to get their own order.
Residents have vowed to fight plans for a major windfarm in a designated regional scenic area near Teviothead. Community Windpower revealed plans last year for a 45-turbine wind farm to straddle the Borders-Dumfries and Galloway border at Faw Side.
New figures provided by energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse, during parliamentary questions showed that planning decisions made by Moray Council officials have been overturned on a yearly basis.
Lyndsey Ward called for a community veto on the projects. She said: “I am particularly furious that we have been targeted so many times despite making it quite clear the communities here are not interested. “We are not against development here but against the industrialisation that comes with wind development with their access tracks and substations.
Officials have been asked to approve plans for 29 new turbines, many up to 738 feet from ground to blade tip, on a site near Rothes. With 40 turbines there, and a further three green energy schemes proposed for the whisky heartland of Speyside, opponents are increasingly concerned about the impact.
Cables from Hornsea Three would come ashore at Weybourne, while cables from Vattenfall’s two wind farms would reach Norfolk at Happisburgh. Both would then need trenches up to 60 kilometres long to be dug across the Norfolk countryside to connect them to the National Grid. Mr Freeman said he was not against the principle of wind farms ...But he said he felt local communities had not been properly engaged with and the siting of a substation the size of Wembley Stadium at Necton was inappropriate.
The group is currently focusing its attention on the Clash Gour wind farm proposals, which could lead to 47 turbines up to 575ft tall being built about seven miles south of Forres. Developer Force 9 Energy has said the project could generate enough electricity to power up to 190,000 homes – while stressing the “unique” landscape of the area can accommodation a large wind farm with “careful design”.
Plans to build nine giant 93m-high wind turbines near the iconic Gleneagles Hotel have been approved by the Scottish Government, despite more than 400 complaints from locals. Developers have been battling for more than a decade to build the Strathallan Wind Farm at Greenscares.
"Technical breaches” of planning conditions are allegedly taking place at the Hendy Wind Farm development at Llandegley, near Llandrindod Wells, but nothing is being done about it yet. Powys County Council (PCC) has admitted it is aware of the claims as it said that a “live investigation is open” on the development.
The analysis of almost 3,000 onshore wind turbines — the biggest study of its kind —warns that they will continue to generate electricity effectively for just 12 to 15 years. The wind energy industry and the Government base all their calculations on turbines enjoying a lifespan of 20 to 25 years.
It’s suspected that lower frequency noises make the robin singer “sound” bigger and thus reduce the need for more direct physical encounters to defend their territory. But with the low frequency sound emitted by wind turbines drowning them out, there was a suggestion that robins were having to rely more on puffing out their red chest to deter aggressors.
The Renewable Energy Foundation published this research paper by Dr Gordon Hughes, Professor of Economics at the University of Edinburgh, on the performance over time of wind farms in the United Kingdom and Denmark. The paper can be downloaded by clicking on the link(s) on this page. The UK and Danish data used in the analysis is also available below. The following summarises the results of the research.
This will increase the length of the blades from 41 to 43.5 metres and tip height from 111 to 113.5 metres. The company says this will improve energy yield by around 7 per cent. However, Mappleton Parish Council has objected to the plans, expressing concerns about the potential increase in noise pollution.
The firm believes the spot would be ideal for generating environmentally-friendly electricity, but objectors have argued it will have a negative impact on the natural environment and goes against Aberdeenshire Council’s local development plan.
Historical enemies are uniting to protest against the building of massive wind turbines near the site of the battle of Agincourt. Parties from both sides of the channel have moved to condemn the idea of having the 500ft structures looming over the site of one of Britain’s most indelible victories ever.