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Walkers opposed to a wind farm development in the Ochil Hills are set to take part in a protest hike. The campaigners are angry at plans to site a 13-turbine wind farm on Burnfoot Hill, near Tillicoultry. Clackmannanshire Council backed the project put forward by Edinburgh company Wind Prospect Developments in March. The council said the 102m high (334ft) turbines would not be visible from most surrounding towns.
A Lewis-based archaeologist has hit out at proposals to erect a Western Isles windfarm on a famous and mystical hill formation that resembles a woman lying on her back. If the plan is successful, Cailleach na Mointeach, the Old Woman of the Moors, would have some of the 53 turbines sprouting from her knees. The Cailleach, also known as the Sleeping Goddess, can be seen to the south side of the ancient Callanish stone circle.
In a report to councillors, David Rush, development control quality manager, said the decision came down to a balance between support for renewable energy and the harm a wind farm would do to the landscape. He said: "I do not consider the economic, climatic or ecological benefits accruing from the scheme outweigh the substantial harm caused by the scale of this proposal."
The proposed Gathercauld windfarm has been reduced in size from 13 turbines to five. Developer EnergieKontor made the announcement at its exhibition about the project at Craigrothie Hall last Thursday. Project manager Mick McLoughlin said the change came after consultation about the impact on the area's landscape, heritage and possible effects on radar at R.A.F. Leuchars.
Villagers in a picturesque corner of Suffolk have spoken of their anger at plans for up to eight wind turbines they claim will dwarf their homes and devastate the surrounding countryside.
A woman who lives on the Dava Moor has said she feels she is a lone voice in the wilderness trying to raise awareness about plans for several wind farms which she claims will spoil the rural beauty of the wild area and be a shock for people when they see them. She claims that people living in the Forres area and its rural boundaries, who travel through to the Grantown area or to Lochindorb, will be surprised when they witness the construction of so many wind farms in the designated AGLV (Area of Great Landscape Value), should they all receive planning consent from Highland Council and the Scottish Executive. Jeannie Munro (54) has been campaigning for about a year against the wind farm developments. She is part of the "Save Our Dava" group who have lobbied various bodies, such as Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Scotland, Grantown Community Council, Highland Council and MSPs such as Fergus Ewing and David Stewart.
The developers of the proposed 136-mile Beauly to Denny power line have disguised the true impact of the 600 giant pylons in visual evidence presented to the public inquiry, according to critics. They claim photographs in the environmental statement presented by Scottish and Southern Energy and Scottish Power were comparable to an estate agent's most flattering portrait of a less than desirable property.
The latest bid to build a windfarm near Kirkwhelpington has been opposed by Tynedale Council........ Their concerns were reflected by councillors who voted to agree with the recommendation that the Steadings development would "cause demonstrable harm in landscape and visual terms".
The plug has been pulled on the Wellow Wind Farm by the company that wanted to build six huge turbines on farmland next to an area of outstanding natural beauty. The decision that Your Energy would not be appealing against IW Council planning refusal was greeted with jubilation by campaigners, who said turbines would despoil the area.
A fifteen-year-old fighting to save his community says energy giants could kill the countryside. Schoolboy Stewart Calderwood has led a four-year battle to stop wind farms sprouting up on the hills around Dalmellington. A proposed outdoor activity centre at Craigengillan Estate hangs in the balance and won't go ahead if turbines are erected.
A couple who turned down a potential £6m to have a wind farm built on their land because of the effect it would have on the community and the landscape could still end up surrounded by turbines built on neighbouring farms. Frank and Clare Dakin say they moved to Northumberland for the "unspoilt and special" landscape, and have refused a number of lucrative offers from energy companies looking to erect turbines on their farm in Duddo, Northumberland. They say they also want to protect the integrity of two sites of extreme historic importance on their land - the ancient Duddo Five Stones and the Duddo Tower.
Plans to build a windfarm on the moors above Littleborough have suffered a setback. An application for the five turbines located just over the border in Yorkshire has been recommended for refusal by Todmorden Town Council. Coronation Power hopes to build a total of 12 125m turbines at Crook Hill, seven of which are located in Rochdale. Councillors recommended refusal because they felt the windfarm would damage the moorland, affect walkers, horse riders and cyclists and destroy peat bogs.
The Scottish Executive refused to respond to the P &J's questions on the issue, saying it was "for SNH to field these questions". SNH commissioned the work and states in its completed document that "many windfarm developers participated". There is currently no uniformed method of photomontage to assess turbines and the issue has consistently baffled Highland councillors who decide the fate of most planning bids. Critics have pressed for years for a definitive system of accurately assessing the visual impact of turbines.
The National Trust for Scotland has attacked the proposed £230million Beauly to Denny power line, saying it would "seriously damage" some of the most scenic landscapes in Perthshire. Under the Scottish and Southern Energy plan, 600 electricity pylons, each around 200ft, would be erected along the spine of the country.
PLANS to build a seven-turbine wind farm near Workington should be rejected, says the county council. Winscales Moor Windfarm Ltd has applied to Allerdale council to erect the 81-metre high turbines at Benedict Plantation, Winscales. But the county council has objected claiming the scheme will affect the landscape's character and that there would be too many in the area.
The landscape of Shetland could be changed forever if the giant windfarm project goes ahead, those in the tourism industry told representatives from Viking Energy at a meeting on Wednesday. Members of Shetland Tourism Association, including accommodation providers and tour operators, expressed concern about the size of the proposed development, which could see as many a 192 turbines being erected in the central and north-east mainland. They feared the visual impact of the windfarm would deter tourists, although this was disputed by David Thomson of Viking Energy who produced the results of surveys carried out in other parts of the UK that windfarms made no difference. A suggestion was made to give questionnaires on the subject for tour guides to give to tourists.
We have an alternative theory - applications are being turned down because local authorities have the good sense not to permit them in areas of environmental sensitivity, or local beauty spots. What worthwhile purpose would be achieved by damaging local environments in the name of environmentalism? If windfarm developers want a better response from local councils, it's simple: be far more careful about where you plan the turbines.
The Open Spaces Society has added its weight to the campaign to prevent 410ft tall wind turbines being erected on Todmorden Moor. The pressure group for common land believes they will be totally out of scale and visible from miles around. "The turbines will have a severely detrimental effect on this dramatic landscape," according to the society's general secretary Kate Ashbrook.
E.On UK said it intends to submit an application for planning permission to put the grid connection to the proposed Denshaw Moor Wind Farm underground. The move has been taken to ensure that the visual impact of the proposed wind farm is minimised, although the decision will cost E.On more money as it is more expensive to underground wires, the company said.
Campaigners against the advance of wind turbines on north-east farmland are furious over plans for two new windmills. A group of concerned villagers in the Barthol Chapel area, near Ellon, are already meeting to lobby their local councillor over a number of recent planning applications. They claim "piecemeal" development will lead to one large, poorly-designed windfarm covering a vast swathe of countryside. The two new applications cover land to the north of the village, near Methlick.