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Energy firm bosses who kicked up a storm over a conversation in the House of Commons tea room have lost the latest round of a legal fight over a wind farm plan.
Yes, Big Wind has finally admitted: all those bat-chomping, bird-slicing eco-crucifixes dotted hither and thither over the choicest parts of the matchlessly beautiful English landscape were entirely unnecessary. They’re sitting on those hilltops, turning or not turning as the case may be, making so little difference to Britain’s “energy security” or power supplies or carbon emissions reductions or economy that really they might just as well not be there.
England is not windy enough to justify building any more onshore wind turbines, the chief executive of wind industry trade body has admitted.
“The council received confirmation on Wednesday that the application for two wind turbines on land near Wilton Village, which was submitted in February 2014, has been withdrawn by the applicant."
The decision by Scottish Ministers to allow the project to go ahead was taken despite the Scottish Government’s own advisors Scottish Natural Heritage advising that a wind farm should not be built at Stronelairg because of its wild land qualities."
Permission was sought by the Farm Energy Partnership to erect the 500kw structure, with a blade tip height of 77 metres on land west of North Moor Lane, Yaddlethorpe, Bottesford.
Chairman of Villages of the Cliff Against Turbines (Vocat), Ernest Coleman, said: “The news about the cancellation of the Brown’s Holt Wind Farm is both welcome and inspirational. “At last the message is beginning to get through the developer’s camouflage, and the realities are striking home.
Less wind fuelled a 25 per cent fall in underlying profits to £84 million at ScottishPower’s renewables business in the first three months of the year. Milder weather also contributed to a 3 per cent fall in underlying profits to £174m at the company’s retail and generation business – which includes the supply of power to domestic and business customers.
"The wind industry goes into schools in Scotland and never is the other side of the story told. Youngsters are being brainwasher into thinking we'd be doomed without windfarms. It's a cynical ploy to keep the subsidies flowing into the next generation."
“It beggars belief that the university has spoken to no one locally about its plans before making this application. It’s ignored standard good practice and steamed ahead as if the local communities do not exist.”
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).
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.
Countryside campaigners are "delighted" after an appeal for a large wind turbine near Bideford has been dismissed by the planning inspectorate.
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.
In a letter to the Planning Inspectorate, Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd reuqested that the Mynydd Lluest y Graig (MLyG) wind farm near Llanerfyl be withdrawn from the planning process. Vattenfall cites changes in the planning process as the reason for the withdrawal.
Underwater sound linked to human activity could alter the behaviour of seabed creatures which play a vital role in marine ecosystems, according to new research.
A complaint had been made to the Local Government Ombudsman by a man, whose details have not been released, claiming the council did not take "prompt and appropriate action" to address noise nuisance caused by a wind farm close to his home.
The Government will clash with green energy companies at the Court of Appeal tomorrow about claims it acted unlawfully over the sudden ending of solar subsidies in 2014. ...A DECC spokesperson said: “We continue to support the low-carbon sector but this needs to be driven by competition and innovation, not subsidies.”