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As many as 25 wind turbines one day could tower above a Botetourt County ridgeline, each one more than six times taller than the Mill Mountain Star, with blades as long as the width of a football field.
Ministers have refused to give consent to two proposed wind farms in the Highlands as they would have a “significant and unacceptable” impact on landscape. Sallachy and Duchally Estates in Sutherland had proposed constructing 22 turbines. Energy giant SSE sought permission for 23 turbines at Glencassley Estate, near Lairg.
Melton Council had originally turned down both applications, in 2012, on grounds that the turbines would, ...be widely visible. But both schemes went to appeal and, in 2013 and planning inspector Wendy Burden gave them the go-ahead. But those decisions were later quashed by the High Court, with the schemes reverting back to the appeal stage.
DCLG’s decision letter said Clark had attached “considerable weight” to the significant adverse effect that the proposal would have on the landscape as well as to neighbouring residential properties.
This study was undertaken to understand the landscape, visual and historic environment effects of operational wind farms in Northumberland in the United Kingdom. The report and its findings can be viewed by clicking on the links on this page. A summary of the findings excerpted from the report is provided below.
The energy minister Andrea Leadsom has refused planning permission for four major onshore wind farms in Mid Wales in a set of decision letters issued this week.
Plans for Britain’s most controversial offshore wind farm are set to be rejected amid fears it would jeopardise the UNESCO World Heritage Site status of the Jurassic Coast, the Telegraph understands.
"I determined that the proposal would result in an undesirable proliferation of turbines on this lowland plateau which would cause considerable harm to both landscape character and visual amenity." Regarding the Peters Marland turbine, Mr Pike said, although the effect on landscape character would be "acceptable" – there would be substantial adverse effect on visual, residential amenity.
These before and after photos by Hermann Dirr of windflut-elpe.de demonstrate the devastation of Germany's landscape due to wind energy. The photos that show the turbines are not simulations but actual photographs of current conditions. Those images without the turbines have been altered to have the turbines removed. The full slide presentation, can be accessed by clicking the link on this page. The creators of this content hope that those who see these images will understand the enormity of the impacts.
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.
Two hours after opening, the fire hall was still full of upset residents visualizing the wrecking of their hometown. Wind turbines seemed an unlikely candidate to join the “not in my backyard” family of unwanteds such as hazardous waste landfills and nuclear power, yet the environmental group SOS had attacked wind power from many angles. The crowd, who knew each other by name, seemed to have reached an opinion before arriving and their skepticism was only strengthened by the end of the meeting.
The developer of the 16-turbine Bowers Mountain wind power project near eight lakes with special scenic designation argued Wednesday to Maine’s highest court that regulators erred in considering the project’s collective effect on the lakes.
The Australian government has been asked to intervene to stop wind turbines being built on a former World War I battlefield in northern France, where 10,000 Australians became casualties of the Great War.
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?”
The £3bn proposal to build one of the world’s biggest wind farms, Navitus Bay, has met stiff opposition from residents and environmentalists.
Resident Richard Lloyd, who spoke on behalf of a host of other residents in attendance, put across a host of arguments against the turbine, with the prominent one being the effect it would have on the local landscape.
"The [International Union for the Conservation of Nature] feel that the wind park would significantly impact on visitors' experience and appreciation of the property in its wider natural setting ...They assert that the development would put the UK in breach of the World Heritage Convention. This would, of course, be a highly undesirable outcome."
The first leases allowing wind turbines offshore of the Carolinas are expected to be let next year although some still worry the massive turbines could harm tourism upon which coastal communities depend.
A Freedom of Information request found that Bournemouth council had spent far more than the Borough of Poole, which has invested nothing but officer time, and Dorset County Council, which spent £15,000 appraising visuals.
Permission was subject to a condition that the developer had 12 months in which to agree a scheme to mitigate the effects of its turbines on the primary surveillance radar at Newcastle International Airport. The company asked the county council to be allowed to remove the condition, and to vary the condition on turbine height to instead allow 130m models to be used. The council approved the first request but refused the second.