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The Stornoway Trust has blasted suggestions that they would be unable to raise the cash necessary to buy a 20 per cent stake in the proposed Stornoway wind farm.
“Local communities across Highland Perthshire were rightly concerned that this wind farm could have inflicted serious damage not just to the ecology and landscape of the area, but also to local businesses which rely on year-round tourism."
Paul Bennett, a member of Seaton Wind Turbine Action Association, said it was ‘futile’ to set aside land on Brenda Road given an overwhelming lack of local support. He told yesterday’s hearing at Hartlepool College of Further Education: “We have a right not to have unwanted industry intrude and trespass into our homes or affect our health. We are stakeholders too.”
The proposals for a single wind turbine have been pushed through by Rhondda Cynon Taf council planners subject to an agreement being reached with the airport, after it was revealed it could cause an “aviation risk” to landing planes.
It has been revealed that a wind turbine which has caused years of "anguish and distress" for residents in Castlewellan has breached required noise limits at a nearby residential property. ...A major factor that has been troubling residents in the area since the turbine was erected is the noise emitted.
Five parish councils, an MP and local councillors have told the company behind a huge wind farm off the coast of Norfolk that they have “strong concerns” about the proposals. DONG Energy is consulting over an offshore wind farm nearly 80 miles off the Norfolk coast.
Up to 11 years of building work could be needed to bring wind farm cables ashore in Norfolk - sparking a call for businesses to be compensated.
SSE Renewables says it is ‘disappointed’ by the decision of South Ayrshire’s Regulatory Panel to recommend refusal to an application to build an extension to the existing Hadyard Hill wind farm.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has also objected because it is worried that not enough has been done to prevent water contamination. Joan McAlpine, the SNP MSP for South Scotland, said: "The proposal to locate so many turbines in this area will irreversibly destroy its unique character.” ...The windfarm was “unnecessary, unwelcome and inconsiderate towards the future aspirations of the affected communities,” said one member of the village council, Androulla Richford.
Many communities forced against their wishes to live with giant, dominating turbines took scant comfort from believing what they were told at approval: This is temporary; the turbines will come down after 20 years; the land will be returned to its original state. While no-one thought the latter would be true, people did think the monuments to a failed energy policy would be removed and not left rusting on the hillsides like abandoned follies as they have in other countries.
A leading green energy entrepreneur has thrown his support behind an island community as they wage a David and Goliath style battle against a major wind farm developer.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has applied to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal against the development of a wind farm which it argues would impact seabird colonies.
The company behind plans for a £2 billion wind farm off the Fife coast has called on bird protection charity the RSPB to abandon any further potential legal proceedings which could scupper the project and put hundreds of potential jobs at risk.
Locals who oppose the plans claim their lives are blighted by headaches, nausea and insomnia caused by low-frequency noise from two turbines. One of these, the Mitsubishi 7MW Sea Angel, is more than 630ft high, making it one of Britain’s tallest turbines.
Wind farm owners in Scotland are making out like bandits; Since 2010, we’ve paid £328m to wind farms not to generate - most of them in Scotland; Westminster must stop Holyrood from consenting new wind farms and extensions.
An application has been lodged by Larne-based company Wind NI to construct seven massive, 400 metre-high turbines at a scenic beauty spot in the Antrim Hills. The proposal has been met with a chorus of condemnation.
The Scottish Government has been accused of a “clear contempt for democracy” after it was revealed it is overturning the majority of windfarm plans rejected by councils. Almost two thirds of wind farm applications which were vetoed by local authorities were subsequently given the green light when an appeal was submitted to the government.
"This judgment will come as a shock to many. The Supreme Court determined that the contractor, MT Højgaard, was under an obligation to ensure that the offshore windfarm's foundations would have a minimum lifetime of 20 years. This effectively placed on the contractor the consequences of an error in the international standard to which they were working.
Traffic was brought to a standstill in Nairn yesterday after two specialist lorries carrying massive wind turbine parts were forced to stop on a busy north road.
The Secretary of State said he agreed with the conclusion of the Planning Inspector that “there would be harm caused to the significance of a number of designated heritage assets” and that the size and layout of the 11 wind turbines would be “an incongruous presence of significant scale” which would harm the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Heritage Coast.