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It is heartbreaking to read, in our P&J on Friday May 1, that the insatiable wind industry is intent on carpeting the finest landscapes, and seascapes, in western Europe with ever more demonstrably useless and hugely damaging industrial wind factories, a simply devastating 74 applications in total.
Almost two-thirds of the major wind farms currently proposed for Scotland are in the north of the country, new figures have revealed. And campaigners have alleged many of these developments will not even benefit the locals who will be affected by them most.
Controversial plans to build a giant wind farm in the Rhinns of Kells have been scrapped. Torrs Hill Wind Farm Ltd had lodged an outline bid for 12 turbines below the scenic mountain range. But this week parent company Fred Olsen Ltd opted to pull the plug on the project.
Clwyd West AM Darren Millar , who opposed the original development, said: "These revised plans will add insult to injury to those who opposed this controversial planning application. "Many of my constituents are concerned about the cumulative visual impact of onshore wind farms in this beautiful part of North Wales and making them even larger and more prominent will do nothing to address their concerns. "I will be pressing the local authority to reject these proposals."
In a letter sent to The Times newspaper the group say that the "piecemeal, outdated approach" to green energy infrastructure would result in the "destruction of ancient woodland [and] rare heathland habitats" across the two counties. They say: "We must not let energy firms desecrate East Anglian landscapes in the name of clean energy."
Almost seven million trees have been felled in the north of Scotland to make way for onshore wind farms since the year 2000, according to new figures from the land commission. The data, which relates to national-owned areas run by Forestry and Land Scotland, shows that only 12 wind developments account for more than 6,700,000 trees being cut down.
Planners still have concerns about a proposed wind farm in Moray despite developers reducing the size and number of turbines. ...Now the developers have put forward scaled-back proposals – described as a “fall back option” – for the site to north of Archiestown, and west of Rothes. The revised plans reduce the number of turbines by six, with 15 at 490ft and a further eight reaching 570ft.
he Welsh landscape could be destroyed if more wind farms are built, campaigners have warned. They accept the need for renewable energy but are concerned about the impact on tourism in some areas.
Wind turbines taller than Blackpool Tower are being proposed for a site near Langholm. E Power Ltd has submitted a scoping report for the Callisterhall scheme to the Scottish Government and the proposals are for up to 25 of the 720ft high structures, dwarfing the iconic tower which stands at 518 feet and nine inches tall.
A partnership between Scottish and Southern Energy and the council-owned Viking Energy Shetland, signed in 2005, the windfarm is to largely be built on peatlands, raising fears over carbon release. ...While peatlands cover only 3% of the world's land area they contain nearly 30% of all carbon stored on land. Campaigners and experts warn that damage to the peatlands could be irreversible with degraded peat losing the ability to absorb carbon and potentially releasing thousands of tonnes back into the atmosphere.
In 2012, when the original planning application was submitted, SIC received 2,772 individual objections and 1109 letters of support. Mr Hay said: “The question is, is the environmental damage justified? We don’t think it is. Shetland has a unique landscape and we’re just horrified by the prospect of it.”
New figures provided by energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse, during parliamentary questions showed that planning decisions made by Moray Council officials have been overturned on a yearly basis.
Lyndsey Ward called for a community veto on the projects. She said: “I am particularly furious that we have been targeted so many times despite making it quite clear the communities here are not interested. “We are not against development here but against the industrialisation that comes with wind development with their access tracks and substations.
Officials have been asked to approve plans for 29 new turbines, many up to 738 feet from ground to blade tip, on a site near Rothes. With 40 turbines there, and a further three green energy schemes proposed for the whisky heartland of Speyside, opponents are increasingly concerned about the impact.
The group is currently focusing its attention on the Clash Gour wind farm proposals, which could lead to 47 turbines up to 575ft tall being built about seven miles south of Forres. Developer Force 9 Energy has said the project could generate enough electricity to power up to 190,000 homes – while stressing the “unique” landscape of the area can accommodation a large wind farm with “careful design”.
Plans to build nine giant 93m-high wind turbines near the iconic Gleneagles Hotel have been approved by the Scottish Government, despite more than 400 complaints from locals. Developers have been battling for more than a decade to build the Strathallan Wind Farm at Greenscares.
Historical enemies are uniting to protest against the building of massive wind turbines near the site of the battle of Agincourt. Parties from both sides of the channel have moved to condemn the idea of having the 500ft structures looming over the site of one of Britain’s most indelible victories ever.
Caithness is being "trashed" by turbines, according to an anti-wind-farm campaigner who is opposed to three new projects planned for the county. Brenda Herrick insists the far north has "more than its share" of wind farms and is past its saturation point.
“While wind farms can make an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gasses, so do peat lands. When we build a wind farm on peat land it is self-defeating in terms of the environment. The site is within a 6 mile distance of nesting birds of prey and adjacent to the Water of Dye which is included in the river Dee Special Area of conservation.
There are 7,100 onshore wind turbines in Britain, and just under 2,000 off shore. Corbyn’s plan, unveiled in a briefing note at Labour’s Party Conference, is to double the number of turbines on land. He also intends to add a further 12,000 offshore turbines ...The country will be carpeted with wind farms if Corbyn gets his way.