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The Energy Minister agreed with the findings of the Public Local Inquiry Reporter that the wind farm would cause unacceptable landscape and visual impacts, including on wild land. There had been over 300 objections into the proposed development, and Highland Council unanimously opposed the project.
Councillors have gone against the advice of officials and unanimously rejected plans for a wind farm amid concern over the cumulative noise and visual impact.
Highland Council's south planning applications committee unanimously rejected RWE Innogy UK's proposals today.
Opposition organisation Challenge Navitus has long said that Navitus Bay Development Ltd's images, shown to the public at exhibitions during the consultation phase, played down the scale of the development, which could see as many as 194 wind turbines as high as 200m placed off the coast - 12 miles from Christchurch, 13 from Bournemouth and Poole and nine from Swanage.
A huge half mile landslide containing hundreds of tonnes of liquefied bog that swept from the side of Croaghan Hill last Saturday has reopened questions about a nine turbine Windfarm soon to be built nearby.
Companies applying for permission to build wind farms are to be given new planning guidelines amid fears some councils are being tricked into giving them the go-ahead. Revised Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) guidelines update eight-year-old rules on how photomontages and drawings to help local and other planning authorities assess the impact of the projects.
"It will totally destroy the whole area's aesthetic; for the amount of energy it will produce in erecting all these wind turbines, they're not going to get the pay-off. It'll ruin the land."
National Trust and South Downs National Park Authority both opposed plans for the Rampion wind farm, which will involve up to 175 turbines, each up to 689 feet tall
Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns quizzed culture minister Ed Vaizey about the proposed Navitus bay wind farm in parliament this evening. Mr Burns asked the minister for culture, communications and creative industries why the planning inspectorate had not commissioned an independent environmental report.
I’ve heard numerous folk from up-country say things like: “Blimey! You lot have certainly gone for the golden dollar of sustainable energy – there are windmills everywhere.” This is usually followed by: “And they’re horrible! How come your local authorities have given so many planning permission?”
Dorset County Council has decided to cease negotiations with the developers of the Navitus Bay wind farm over a lease to enable cabling work for the project.
Eyesore wind turbines are to be banned from Scotland’s beauty spots – marking a major victory for The Sunday Post.
Legal experts argued for campaigners concerned by the impact that a proposed wind turbine could have on the landscape and the local economy and successfully challenged a council decision to give the development the go-ahead.
The proposal for Honeywell Farm was rejected due to concerns that it would cause ‘serious harm’ to the character of the surrounding landscape. ...“All of the identified benefits of the scheme would be significantly and demonstrably outweighed by the adverse impact it would have upon the character of the local landscape.”
Unesco insists that the £3.5 billion French-Dutch Navitus Bay development – with up to 194 turbines, each the height of London’s ‘Gherkin’ building – will ‘dominate’ the area and change the seascape for ever. Local opponents to the plan say it will devastate tourism in the area.
There were speakers for and against the project, but the majority of the 630-strong audience supported the view that it was ‘too big, too close and in the wrong location’.
Commenting on the tourism findings, Stuart Brooks, Chief Executive of the John Muir Trust said that the poll showed two things. “First, that people in the Highlands and Islands support protection of wild land. And second, there is deep concern that if it is not protected, the impact could be damaging to the economy of the region.
A group representing a host of residents’ associations is calling for the Navitus Bay wind farm to be put on hold while the levels of noise it could generate are investigated.
There are fears for the future of historic World War II graves after it was claimed a proposed Isle wind farm could be built over them. A six turbine farm is planned by REG Windpower for land at Medge Hall near Crowle, the site of a Lancaster Bomber plane crash in September 1945.
Would you turn down £1 million offered to build a wind turbine on your land? That is what one Devon farmer has done – because it would destroy the idyllic countryside.