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Wind farms and flyovers which block some of the country’s most glorious views are one of the biggest threats to Britain’s cultural heritage, the chief executive of English Heritage has said. Simon Thurley said his ‘biggest challenge’ was to find ways to stop the erection of wind farms and other eyesores from obscuring historic buildings and monuments.
The UK's only "dark sky” park which gives astronomers a crystal clear view of space is being threatend by wind turbines with lights on, scientists are warning. Alex Salmond has been urged to protect the UK's only 'dark sky' park from wind turbines.
Around 160 people visited the exhibition when it came to Lighthouse Poole, which features visual and written examples on everything people may need to know about the Navitus Bay scheme. However, it seems that many questions were still left unanswered for some of the residents that the Daily Echo approached who came to visit the exhibition.
Mr Heasman said the turbines were drawn about 30 per cent smaller than they would actually be. Now, he has had a response from NBDL and its landscape architects LDA Design essentially admitting that he was correct, he says.
The Middlemoor and Wandylaw projects as seen from Holy Island across the Pilgrims Way. Middlemoor consists of 18 turbines, each with a height of up to 125 metres (including the blades) and a maximum generating capacity of 54 megawatts. The project was placed into service during the summer of 2013. The separate Wandylaw project consists of 10 turbines, also each standing 125 meters in height, with a capacity of 20.5 megawatts.
In evidence submitted to the inquiry, landscape architects acting on behalf of the company say Mr and Mrs Shotton's Moor Edge Cottage, next to the A697, has direct views towards the proposed turbines. It also says further tree planting near the boundary of their garden, or closer to the house, would help to screen views within about eight years.
The document says that if a conifer hedgerow, which has been planted around the boundary of their garden, was allowed to grow to 5.4 metres (17ft 7ins) it would "screen all views of the turbines." It also says further tree planting near the boundary of their garden, or closer to the house, would help to screen views within about eight years.
Scottish Natural Heritage has recently published a draft revision that calls for images at the scale used by wind farm opponents Challenge Navitus. Dr Andrew Langley, of Challenge Navitus, said: "While visual impact is just one issue, this wind farm would have a very significant effect on our seascape, so it is important to know how it might look.
The Lynn and Inner Dowsing projects consisting of 54 Seimens 3.6-107 turbines are sited 5.2 KM off Skegness and 5.2 KM off Ingoldmells. This image from Skegness Beach shows the visual impact.
Council chiefs are set to give wind farm developers the go-ahead to build a 200ft mast next to a lighthouse, despite admitting it will spoil a picturesque coastline on a Hebridean island.
Mr Fraser said surveys by VisitScotland showed that nine out of 10 tourists came to enjoy the scenic splendours of Scotland. Despite some reports suggesting wind farms had no economic impact, positively or negatively on tourism, he said there was a lot of nervousness about just now within the tourism industry concerning wind farms.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) released revised guidance for producing visualisations for proposed wind energy facilities. The new guidance describes how wind developers should visually represent their proposals. It also updates existing guidance on mapped information and has a new a section on offshore wind farms.
Proposals to protect large parts of wilderness and unspoilt land in Scotland from controversial wind farm developments will be unveiled by government ministers today. The new guidance will include maps, drawn up by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
The application for the five 126 metre turbines at Harbourcross Land at Meddon was withdrawn from Torridge District Council's planning system by the developers Wind Ventures Ltd on Thursday. The application was submitted last year and in the past few months has met fierce objection.
Those standing in opposition to the proposal were supported by comments from English Heritage which warned the turbine would have a "harmful effect on the setting and significance of a number of highly graded, nationally important designated heritage assets" including Belton House, Bellmount Tower, The Church of St Mary at Marston and The Church of St Peter at Foston.
An organisation has called for robust planning measures to be put in place to ensure large areas of Northumberland do not become "wind farm landscapes", which it says has happened in parts of Berwickshire. ...There is also concern the council has not adequately recognised the cumulative effects of turbine development.
Margaret Paren, Chair of the South Downs National Park Authority, said: "We're pleased to see that E.ON has listened to our concerns regarding the visual impact of the Rampion proposal on the South Downs National Park, however we think that there is more to be done especially on the routing of the cables."
The brooding West Yorkshire countryside that inspired classics such as Wuthering Heights has been protected from plans for more turbines because of the importance of the famous sister writers. It is believed to be the first time the literary significance of an area has been put before the need for green energy.
Almost 4,000 turbines are scheduled to be built across Britain over the next few years, to add to the 3,800 already in operation. Mr Hayes said that only a minority of these are likely to be given the go-ahead. "We can no longer have wind turbines imposed on communities. Enough is enough," said Mr Hayes, whose constituency is in Lincolnshire.
With many U.K. wind farms sited on hilltops in the countryside, the comments raise the prospect that wind-farm developers may find it harder to get planning permission. Almost a third of lawmakers in Hayes's Conservative Party wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron in January calling wind turbines "inefficient and intermittent."