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A renewable energy company has snapped up a wind farm project next to its own scheme in Northumberland. Infinis Energy has bought an approved turbine project which neighbours its own planned scheme north of Morpeth.
A farmer who turned down an offer of £1million to put a wind turbine on his land because he wanted to keep the countryside “beautiful and unspoilt” has been vindicated after a neighbour’s application was dismissed by a planning inspector. ...Planning inspector Sukie Tamplin concluded that the scheme would be “seriously harmful” to the “timeless qualities” of the remote area.
South West MEP Ashley Fox visited Bournemouth to join the fight against the wind farm and urged residents to lobby the Government before it was too late.
Lincoln Cathedral, an imposing building set on a hill in a county renowned for its lack of gradients, has defined the local landscape for hundreds of years. But plans for a wind farm on the nearby estate of vacuum-cleaner tycoon Sir James Dyson, with turbines twice as high as the cathedral, have raised fears that the area’s unique character could be destroyed.
Onshore wind farm subsidies are being ended to prevent the “beautiful countryside of the United Kingdom” being covered with wind turbines, ministers have announced.
Subsidies for new wind farms should be scrapped as rural parts of the country have "had enough" of developments, the Scottish Conservatives have said.
Plans to build 121 giant offshore wind turbines by Dorset could see the UK lose its only natural World Heritage Site, according to campaigners. ...The Navitus Bay Wind Park of 121 giant turbines, each towering hundreds of feet above the sea, would be clearly visible - and even potentially audible - from land.
"Alex Salmond is abusing his power by having these horrendous wind turbines littering Scotland." Referring to a drop in the price of oil, he added: "The technology is obsolete, they didn't work at $100 a barrel and they certainly don't work at $50 a barrel."
‘The last thing Scottish ministers want to know is how many turbines have been imposed on the country. If they did, they would have to tell the Scottish people and they couldn’t blame Westminster as planning is fully devolved. ‘They would also have to stop dodging key policy questions like how many turbines do we need, how many can we afford and how many can our landscape and communities take.
Project manager Sebastian Riss said: “Following objections on, among others, ecological grounds, which would require in-depth and long-term assessments, we decided to withdraw the application and are not intending to pursue a wind turbine development further at this location.”
Wild land charity the John Muir Trust has written to Energy Minister Fergus Ewing asking him to refuse consent to three large wind farms in designated Wild Land Areas.
"We believe the community has made a wise decision, looking to the long-term future of the Black Isle. It is also a good decision for the sensible use of public funds."
The company will now drill through two sections of the sea defences, as Centrica did for the Lincs Wind Farm, but residents have demanded assurances they will be safe from the risk of flooding and the sea defences will be fully reinstated and properly monitored.
Plans to replace one of Britain’s oldest wind farms with new turbines almost three times as tall will have a “devastating” effect on the Lake District, campaigners have warned. The 12 turbines of the existing Kirkby Moor wind farm, which was built in 1993, are each 139 feet tall and stand less than a mile outside the southern boundary of the National Park.
Wind turbines can now be seen from almost half of all places in Scotland, according to the latest figures from the government’s nature agency. A new Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) report shows the scale of areas affected has more than doubled in the past five years, from 19.9 per cent in 2008 to 45.9 per cent in 2013. ...“How much longer will SNH help Scottish ministers to hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil when it comes to industrial wind turbines?”
Campaigners against a wind farm outside of Montrose are urging people to object to another plan for turbines. A planning application for two wind turbines was lodged in January. The 2013 application by the same developers, for three turbines, was withdrawn having attracted more than 90 objections.
Mountaineers, local people and others are urging Highland councillors to refuse consent for a six turbine wind farm on the edge of the "world-famous landscape" of Glen Affric. The structures would be almost 400ft to blade tip, twice the height of Edinburgh's Scott Monument.
“The Scottish Government wants to see the right developments in the right places, and Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale and character of the landscape and should be considered environmentally acceptable.”
Energy minister Fergus Ewing agreed with Scottish Natural Heritage, which had raised concerns over the 30-turbine project’s cumulative impact and adverse landscape and visual issues in Upper Nithsdale.
Lawyers acting for a wildlife charity have asked a judge to stop a wind farm development at a beauty spot in the Highlands. The John Muir Trust claim the Scottish Government should never have given the go ahead to the 67-turbine Stronelairg development near Fort Augustus.