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The Government has announced a review of wind farm noise after a long campaign by a Devon community. Neighbours of the planned Den Brook project, which will be the third biggest in the Westcountry if built, brought a judicial review after concerns over the amplitude modulation noise (AM). The noise from "wind shear" is said to be the cause of most complaints but is not included in planing law.
An average household is expected to pay as much as £250 more for electricity – mainly through consumer subsidies – to pay for the Government’s green energy schemes, while an electrically heated house could be as much as £440 a year worse off.
Plans for a possible wind turbine project worth up to £50m to Preston have stalled for the time being, councillors have been told. But urgent steps were being taken to overcome possible interference with aircraft radar equipment.
Retrospective planning permission for two wind turbines at a farm in Cornwall has been blocked by communities secretary Eric Pickles, who cited concern about harm to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), listed buildings and a castle.
Campaigners are celebrating after an appeal to build a 200ft high wind turbine in Somerby was dismissed by a planning inspector.
Nearly 25,000 objections were lodged against proposals to build wind turbines the “size of skyscrapers” across Scotland. Official figures have revealed the extent of public disquiet over plans for 50-megawatt developments considered by the Scottish Government between 2010-14.
Plans to double the size of England’s biggest onshore wind farm have been scaled back after Rossendale residents objected. Scout Moor Wind Farm Expansion Ltd wanted to build another 26 turbines between Rawtenstall and Edenfield. The firm is now proposing to add just 16 turbines.
A parliamentary question from Murdo Fraser found that there have been 5,942 complaints about developments of 50 megawatts (MW) and over this year, compared to 2,951 complaints last year. ...Mr Fraser, the party’s energy spokesman, said: “The fact these objections have doubled in the last year shows the sheer strength of feeling among the public. “This isn’t people complaining about a single turbine in someone’s back garden.
An environmental charity which is seeking to challenge a decision to grant planning permission for a new windfarm in the Scottish Highlands has a bid to limit its liability for expenses in the proceedings refused.
After airing arguments both for and against the major proposals, councillors voted 14-3 to refuse the application in front of a packed public gallery in the town’s municipal buildings. Concern over the development’s possible impact on air traffic radar was one of the key factors behind the decision.
AES Wind Generation and Wind Energy believe that significant material issues were left out of the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals’ report and that the process leading up to the decision was flawed.
A developer is considering whether to appeal after being refused planning permission for a wind farm. Durham County Council’s county planning committee rejected plans by Infinis for five turbines at Wingate Grange, near Peterlee, on Tuesday (December 2).
The company has been taken aback by the level and strength of opposition to the plan for up to 194 turbines off the coast of Hampshire. ...The firm may be coming round to the idea that the potential reputational damage may begin to outweigh the commercial benefits of the scheme.
In the first official admission that wind turbine noise can adversely affect local residents, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has commissioned an independent investigation to assess the levels of sound wind farms produce and the extent of disturbance caused as a result.
Mark Smith, Bournemouth’s director of tourism, told a hearing that tourism was worth just over a billion pounds to the region every year and supported 24,617 jobs. According to Smith: If the project were approved, Dorset resorts and businesses should be protected from “financial devastation”.
One of East Anglias leading onshore wind turbine developers has dramatically shelved any new projects - triggering doubts about the future of the controversial industry
A massive statue of a golden eagle could soon have a bird’s eye view of a controversial wind farm which campaigners claim could kill protected birds. ...“I feel that having 67 turbines there would totally destroy the place. Apart from being unsightly, they could be a hazard to the eagles’ natural habitat.”
A report presented by Mark Smith, director of tourism, claimed £6.3bn would be taken out of the local economy, with 4,923 jobs lost. "The tourism interests would only be protected if the developer is required to mitigate the tourism loss.
The Westcountry’s biggest onshore wind farm at Fullabrook in North Devon is still operating above permitted noise levels, the district council has said. ...North Devon District Council chief executive Mike Mansell gave operators ESB International a deadline of December 19 to detail how they will combat the issue.
A giant 67 turbine wind farm planned for the mountains overlooking Loch Ness will be an environmental disaster thanks to the sheer quantity of stone which will need to be quarried to construct it, according to the John Muir Trust.