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Opponents of plans for a 127 metre-high wind turbine next to Dewlay's cheese business off the A6 near Garstang will find out on Wednesday (Aug 27) if planning bosses are urging approval or refusal of the scheme. Details of the recommendation will be made public on Wednesday when the agenda for the September 3 meeting is published. As reported in last week's Courier more than 300 people have objected to the plans.
A wind farm given the green-light in Essex will have to go before the Planning Inspectorate again after the original permission was quashed. Maldon District Council had conceded defeat last October in its battle against plans for 10 turbines at Hockley Farm, Bradwell. But it has now emerged the scheme will have to be re-assessed by the Planning Inspectorate after drafting errors were made in two of the planning conditions. It is the latest twist in the saga of the wind farm, which was originally rejected by council planners before getting the go-ahead last year following a public inquiry.
A wind farm developer has won an appeal to build a 60-metre test mast between two villages. Earlier this year, Stockton Council's planning committee turned down Broadview Energy's proposal to erect a monitoring mast on farmland between Hilton and Seamer. However, this week Government planning inspector Anthony Wilson overturned the council's decision. He commented on the "attractive appearance" of the area, but said he did not consider the mast would cause "any undue harm to the site and its immediate surroundings, especially when compared with the size, scale and appearance of the electricity pylons nearby".
Worried villagers living in the shadow of a proposed five-turbine wind farm near Dunton Bassett say they are determined to fight the plans. Broadview Energy was this week granted permission to build a 60m temporary data-gathering mast on land at Low Spinney Farm - and plans for the scheme are likely to be submitted in the winter. The scheme is the latest in a rash of such plans. Already in the pipeline is an 11-turbine scheme at Swinford, a single turbine at North Kilworth, and plans for several large wind farms in the Harborough area.
An application for the mast, which is designed to monitor the potential for a wind farm at the foot of Bickerton Hill, was thrown out by Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council in February but the Planning Inspectorate has overturned the decision. Campaign group Stop Bickerton Wind Turbines (SBWT) has vowed to fight applicant Banks Developments to the end and has enlisted the support of Eddisbury MP Stephen O'Brien. The group - which raised a 171-name petition, and mustered 400 letters of objection - believes an application for a five-turbine wind farm is now inevitable.
Scottish Borders Council rejected PM Renewables plans last November due to concerns about the location and the impact on tourism. The developers lodged an appeal with the Scottish Government which will now decide the project's fate.
Powys county council has dismissed claims that it will not decide on future wind farm plans until the local road network is improved as a "misunderstanding", writes Rachel Johnson. However, the council, along with the Welsh Assembly, has hired a team of consultants to look into concerns that local transport links are "inadequate" for the needs of wind farm developers. The Council has not made any policy statement regarding wind farms.
Plans for a major wind farm in Northumberland were approved by the Government yesterday. npower renewables' proposal to erect 18 turbines, 125m high, at Middlemoor, North Charlton, near Alnwick, was given the go-ahead by Energy Secretary John Hutton. But the wind farm cannot be erected until the energy giant comes up with a way to make sure the turbines do not affect RAF radar systems.
Two new wind farm planning approvals dependent on developers and MoD agreeing way of minimising radar disruption ...approvals are conditional on technical solutions being developed that mitigate the effects of the turbines on the Air Defence Radar at RAF Brizlee Wood and Trimmingham respectively. The government said that both the business and defence ministers must be satisfied the impacts on these air defence radar are acceptable for the projects to proceed.
The government today approved plans for the UK's fourth largest offshore wind farm - a 315MW development 11 miles off the coast of Norfolk. The Sheringham Shoal project, being developed by Scira Offshore Energy Ltd in the Greater Wash area, will comprise of up to 108 turbines ...It is the fourth largest offshore project to be given approval after the London Array and the Greater Gabbard projects in the Thames Estuary and the Walney wind farm in the Irish Sea.
Sheffield Green Party has reopened a debate on whether a controversial wind farm should be built in the north of the city. Council officers said Westwood Country Park at High Green would be an ideal site for up to six 100-metre wind turbines. The council agreed to do a feasibility study about whether the site was suitable. ... Because the Greens are a minority party, they are highly unlikely to force the council into a U-turn. The Lib Dems have already told officers to find alternative, as yet unidentified, sites and are adamant the wind farm will not be built at High Green.
Sheffield Green Party has reopened a debate on whether a controversial wind farm should be built in the north of the city. Council officers said Westwood Country Park at High Green would be an ideal site for up to six 100-metre wind turbines. The council agreed to do a feasibility study about whether the site was suitable. But when the Lib Dems won control of the council, they abandoned the idea following strong protests from local residents who said the site - between Tankersley Park Golf Course and dozens of houses - was totally unsuitable.
Europe's largest onshore wind farm has been given the go-ahead in Scotland - just as plans to erect the UK's biggest individual onshore wind turbine in Northumberland were approved by ministers. The £600m ($1.2bn) Clyde wind farm will have 152 turbines and total capacity of 456MW, enough to power more than 250,000 homes. ...The wind farm will be built on either side of the M74 motorway near Abington in south Lanarkshire by Scottish and Southern Energy. It became part of the utility's development portfolio when SSE bought Airtricity, the Irish wind farm operator, earlier this year for €1.45bn (£1.2bn).
Plans for eight giant wind turbines in Maerdy have been rejected by councillors. Rhondda Cynon Taf planning officers had recommended the council approve the proposals. But the plans, submitted by the Wiltshire-based Renewable Energy Partnerships, were rejected by a majority of the council's planning committee. The application called for eight new turbines, some as high as Big Ben, between Maerdy coal tip and Tynewydd Forest.
Germany has yet to follow Denmark's zeal in erecting offshore wind farms
The application for the 100m turbines was turned down by Derbyshire Dales District Council last year because of the impact it could have on the landscape. The decision on whether the application can go ahead will now be made by a government planning inspector. ...Protect Carsington and Hopton Action Group, set out their objections to the proposed site. Points highlighted included impact on local business, noise, effects on wildlife and visual impact. Don Mackenzie, from the group, said they were seriously concerned about the size of the turbines, which will stand 102 metres high, equivalent to a vertical stack of 21 double-deck buses and the noise they would cause.
A planning inspector heard strong arguments for and against plans for the Dales' first wind farm, on the final day of a public inquiry. Carsington Wind Energy were appealing Derbyshire Dales District Council's decision to refuse its application to build four 100-metre-tall turbines at Carsington Pastures. The eight-day public inquiry finished on Friday.
Aviation experts are set to clash over the impact a proposed wind farm at Routh, near Beverley, could have on radar installations. Twelve huge turbines could endanger aircraft flying over the region, a public inquiry into the controversial development will hear on Tuesday. Wind farm business RidgeWind Ltd is appealing against East Riding Council's refusal to allow the development at Hall Farm in Routh.
Protesters picketed a power company promoting its plan to build six wind turbines at Sempringham Fen this week. Members of AGAST (Action Group Against Sempringham Turbines) outlined their opposition to a wind farm outside Billingborough and Pointon village halls where Scottish Power Renewables held information days on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The eight-day hearing at Matlock Town Hall comes after the application for the wind farm in Carsington was turned down by Derbyshire Dales District council last year. The hearing began with statements from West Coast Energy, the district council and Carsington Parish Council. Jeremy Pike, speaking on behalf of the developers, said: "The proposed development would make a significant contribution to the Government's renewables targets.