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“Eric Pickles MP concluded that there was significant harm to the setting of St Mary’s Church, Rushall and harm to other heritage assets and this harm outweighed the benefits of the renewal energy proposal.
Anti-wind farm activists have said that a new set of turbines close to the Cairngorms National Park would “despoil one of the most beautiful and accessible wild areas” in Scotland.
"This news is a great success for the local protest movement – people whose lives have been blighted by the black cloud of destruction that has hung over their heads for years. The stress, fear and division will be lifted from Dyfnant area.
Scottish Power are ditching proposals for a wind farm at Dyfnant Forest, at Lake Vyrnwy, Powys, after working on the proposals for six years. Company chiefs said the reasons were the length of time for the planning process and a need to modernise the grid.
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.
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.
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.
The National Trust for Scotland is backing a campaign against a hugely controversial wind farm that critics claim will destroy the character of an important area of wild land.
Bournemouth council claimed Navitus Bay’s “Plan B” was “unlawful” at the first of a series of issue-specific hearings. The finer details of the wind farm plans are currently being examined at a number of in-depth hearings, which will continue this week and next week.
The Northumbrian coast is wild no more, raddled with lines of wind turbines. Giant turbines are rising round the perimeter of the Lake District and on the exquisite Lleyn peninsula beyond Snowdonia. Unbelievably, the glorious county of Dorset is to be desecrated by three huge turbine arrays along its spine. Is this how David Cameron wants his Coalition to be immortalised?
The secretary of state has refused a recovered proposal for three wind turbines in Norfolk against an inspector's recommendation, concluding that their impact on the setting of a grade I listed church, a conservation area's character and appearance and the local landscape outweigh the benefits of wind energy development.
Taxpayers’ handouts to massive ‘ugly’ solar farms which scar the countryside are to be axed by Environment Secretary Liz Truss. She will tell farmers tomorrow to stop pocketing public funds by carpeting large parts of the landscape with the black panels.
Campaigners for and against the wind farm planned for the Dorset coast are readying themselves for a marathon meeting today. The open floor hearing will see the planning process for the Navitus Bay wind farm get under way in earnest.
Swanage county councillor and former town mayor Bill Trite says it would be “criminal” and “philistine” to construct the Navitus Bay wind farm off the Dorset coast.
Purbeck planning chiefs have refused to back the Navitus Bay offshore wind farm, arguing it will cause “significant adverse harm” to the landscape and could damage the area’s tourist economy.
Chris Heaton Harris, a Conservative MP who has led a backbench rebellion against the spread of wind turbines across the UK and has railed against the subsidies they receive, said: “It seems amazing that an industry, built on subsidy and high energy prices, can receive yet more taxpayers’ money to waste.
A map showing wind farms are visible from at least 60 per cent of Scotland is being released today by a leading environment campaign group. The purple areas on the map represent areas where 410ft high wind turbines are visible at a maximum distance of about 18 miles.
Communities secretary Eric Pickles has refused permission for three wind turbines in Lincolnshire, ruling that the proposals would result in a 'considerable level of harm' to the significance of a local heritage asset.
On Tuesday, Michael Cunliffe issued his judgement, ruling that the wind farm’s contribution towards renewable electricity targets and reduced carbon emissions did not outweigh its “unacceptable adverse impacts on the landscape and on aviation”.
“The refusal by the Scottish Government sends a strong message to developers that it is inappropriate to target areas now recognised in Scottish planning policy as nationally important for their wild land qualities.