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A decision to call-in a planning application to build three wind turbines at Killington Reservoir has been welcomed by conservationists. The Open Spaces Society was one of a number of groups who wrote to the Secretary of State urging him to call the matter in because of its far-reaching, national implications. They argued that the site is adjacent to the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks and the three 123-metre high turbines would destroy the view of the Howgills.
The bottom line here is that we really don’t know everything we need to know about wind turbines. Before we spend millions of dollars putting up turbines, we need to understand what their impact on local residents will be.
Despite officials recommending Wind Prospect Developments’ scheme for approval, Highland Council’s north planing committee voted 7-2 to reject it today, following a site visit 24 hours earlier. The turbines would have been 115-metres high within the Strath Fleet watershed between the hilltops of Cnoc na Fardaich to the north-west and Cnoc na h Uaighe to the south-east, but councillors were alarmed at its proximity to residents’ homes.
The billionaire property developer had alleged that Alex Salmond, Scotland's first minister, had secretly interfered in the decision to approve the 11-turbine European offshore wind deployment centre site (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay – a claim rejected on Tuesday by a Scottish civil court judge, Lord Doherty.
Under a bill being considered by the Energy, Utility and Technology Committee, the state could seek an assessment of the visual impact of a wind project as far as 15 miles from a scenic resource, like the Appalachian Trail, instead of 8 miles as it's written in current law.
It is considered that a wind farm development of the scale proposed would create a significant visual intrusion in this landscape by reason of the height and spatial extent of the proposed turbines which would be excessively dominant and visually obtrusive when viewed from the surrounding countryside and villages.
An Offaly County Council decision to grant planning permission to a proposed wind farm in Cloghan has been overturned. On receipt of an appeal, An Bord Pleanála ruled that the 10 wind turbines would impact on the visual landscape of the area.
The wind farm would sit squarely in the middle of some of the most active sailing waters in Britain and on the edge of a busy shipping lane. Campaigners claim it would also dominate the view from much of Purbeck, Sandbanks, Studland, Bournemouth and other beauty spots nearby.
Plans to dot France with wind farms are facing fierce opposition from critics worried they will blight a landscape that has helped make the country the world’s top tourist destination. ...opponents are urging the government to tread carefully so as not to damage France’s thousands of kilometers of stunningly beautiful countryside.
Poole MP, Robert Syms, has secured a debate on the proposed Navitus Bay Wind Farm Development in the House of Commons as arguments continue to rage over the plans. The debate will be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday at 4pm and will be replied to by a government minister.
'Three huge turbines are visible when gazing across the gardens from the bay windows in the chateau’s grand salon. ‘Every day we have to suffer the visual and noise pollution. I can see the turbines from everywhere in the house, from every room.’
Judges in Montpellier ruled that the turbines’ location blighted the countryside, causing the “total disfigurement of a bucolic and rustic landscape”. Besides the turbines “spoiling the view”, the judges also cited the “groaning and whistling” and “unsightliness of white and red flashing lights”. The company was ordered to pay the Wallecans €37,500 (£31,500) in damages and to remove the wind farm within four months or face a fine of €500 per day per turbine.
The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee ('SEC') has announced hearings to determine whether to suspend and revoke the Certificate of Site and Facility granted Groton Wind LLC, a limited liability corporation wholly-owned and managed by Iberdrola Renewables, Inc.
The council had to reopen the consultation period late last month after it realised English Heritage had not been invited to take part in the process. Its officials are due to conduct a site visit before proving a response.
Hundreds clapped and cheered as Lincolnshire councillors unanimously rejected a proposal to build a wind farm near Hemswell Cliff, north of Lincoln. More than 350 people attended the special planning meeting held by West Lindsey District Council at Lincolnshire Showground on Wednesday, October 30.
“They are a damn sight bigger that most if the turbines you see around farms. “They are going to be pretty monstrous, a real eyesore. “I will be able to sit in my living room and see them - there will be no missing them.”
Planning officer, Dave Dimon, argued the Woodmancott turbines on a clear winter’s day would be detrimental to the landscape. The Winchester councillors said the turbines would have an “unacceptable impact upon the unspoilt landscape character of the area and its contribution to the setting of the South Downs National Park.”
Frustration over the quality and quantity of information provided by Navitus Bay Developments Ltd (NBDL) prompted a suggestion that Bournemouth council call on the Government to ‘throw the plans out without further ado’. But cabinet members instead decided to ask the town’s two MPs to pass on their disappointment about Navitus’ failure to answer their questions and provide additional information.
Campaigners said the turbines “turned the area into an industrial graveyard” as they celebrated news of the removal of the rusty machines, which will be used as scrap metal. Locals said they had blighted the landscape and hadn’t worked for three quarters of the time they had been at the site in the Yorkshire Dales.
Navitus Bay has ‘no excuse’ for not delivering full information about the environmental impacts of their proposed wind farm. That’s the view of Bourne-mouth council, which said its confidence in the integrity of Navitus Bay has been ‘undermined’.