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Killington wind farm 'call in' decision welcomed by conservationists

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.
21 Mar 2014

Walkers are 'turning away from wind farm Scotland'

Walkers and climbers are being deterred from visiting Scotland as the rapid spread of wind farms leads to the “industrialisation” of the countryside, according to a survey published today. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCS) published a survey of nearly 1,000 people, which found two-thirds said turbines are making Scotland a less appealing place to visit.
18 Mar 2014

Survey shows wind farms are damaging Scottish mountain tourism

A survey of nearly 1,000 climbers and hill walkers, carried out by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, revealed that 68% say parts of Scotland are now less appealing because of wind farms. Around two thirds have already been put off by wind farms from visiting or revisiting places in Scotland they had visited before. ...67% say wind farms are making Scotland as a whole a less appealing place to visit.
17 Mar 2014

Wind farms: 'Inspector Blight' criticised by senior judges

The Court of Appeal suggested that Paul Griffiths’ “flawed” methodology meant that the more “obviously modern” and “large scale” a wind development, the more likely that it would be given the go-ahead next to a historic site. The criticism follows vociferous complaints by campaigners and several MPs about Mr Griffiths’ decisions.
2 Mar 2014

Victory for opponents as Tressady Wind Farm application is turned down

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.
18 Feb 2014

Ed Miliband's barrister wife fails to overturn court ruling banning wind turbines in Duke of Gloucester's garden

Three judges supported a High Court decision to block the 400ft-high turbines. The site is just a mile from Lyveden New Bield, a Grade I listed unfinished Elizabethan lodge with a moated garden. The initial case against the development was brought - and won - by the National Trust, English Heritage and East Northamptonshire Council last year. English Heritage had warned that the effect of the turbines on the landscape would be "appalling".
18 Feb 2014

Wind turbine ‘danger to life’ and an eyesore

“We held a survey last summer and got responses from more than 50 per cent of the village, 95 per cent of whom were against the plan.” Mr Stephenson fears there could be a significant danger to pilots at Shotteswell airfield who use the motorway as a guide for landing. Shotteswell parish councillor Val Ingram said developers were being encouraged by generous government subsidies.
16 Feb 2014

High court blocks north Norfolk wind turbine bid

Deputy high court judge Robin Purchas QC, sitting in London, ruled that an inquiry inspector who gave the go-ahead had failed to comply with planning law relating to landscape and heritage sites. The turbine was to be sited near Cromer Ridge, one of the highest points in north Norfolk, which has a number of listed buildings in the area.
14 Feb 2014

Four wind turbine plans thrown out

Mr Barker said: "The parish council is totally opposed to the applications. which will be very visible for miles. "They will be harmful to the landscape, which is our heritage." Mr Dining said: "The turbines at Morridge already cause concern. This is a special landscape area and they will create noise pollution.
14 Feb 2014

Wind power affects climate – cooling and warming regions around farms, studies claim

New research using a finely resolved model which focuses on Europe indicates that the effects of doubling the present wind capacity by 2020 are at the level of a couple of percent changes in rain and a few tenths of a degree of temperature. The study by Vautard and colleagues shows that these effects include a mix of more rain and less rain, and warming and cooling, depending on where you are around Europe.
11 Feb 2014

Wind farms are blamed for wild land destruction

Conservationists who have raised fears over the visual impact on Scotland's scenery say the proliferation of wind farms is largely to blame. The study carried out by ­Scottish Natural Heritage reveals a dramatic decline in the nation's countryside, with building carried out on nearly 2000 square miles of unspoilt Scotland over one four-year period alone.
8 Feb 2014
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