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The head of one of the country’s largest windfarm developers has claimed the public’s perception of towering turbines is changing - he says many people now like seeing them on the landscape.Bruce Woodman, chief executive of Cornwall Light and Power, said more people were coming round to the sight of wind turbines, leading to a fall in objections........ But windfarm opponents disagreed with his comments. Gary Watson, from Buckland-tout-Saints residents’ association, which is planning to fight proposals for the three 90m turbines near Goveton, said the turbines were “an industrialisation of the landscape”.
Rival camps have clashed over controversial plans to build more than 200 Blackpool Tower-sized wind farms off the Wirral coastline. Benefits of the giant turbines were blown into question by a damning report, whipping up Wirral and North Wales protestors into a whirlwind of opposition. The allies fear that Wirral has been seriously misled by understated images of the impact from the borough,’ and pledge to lobby NPower’s Gwynt y Mor offshore wind farm project, set to be located in the Irish Sea. In light of recent evidence which found that wind farms fail to produce as much energy as the government had anticipated, watchdog group The Wirral Society is hoping to win the support of local MP’s and preserve the area’s maritime views.
The Dartmoor Preservation Association applauds the two planning inspectors who have endorsed local democracy and upheld West Devon Council’s planning committee’s refusal of turbines at Yelland and now Lamerton.The deciding factor for both was the harm to the special landscapes surrounding Dartmoor National Park and the distant views to and from the high moor. Critical too for Lamerton was the quiet, still, distinctive local landscape which is the very special setting of Brent Tor Church and the scheduled barrows below it.
An environmental watchdog has added its voice to the opposition to plans to build nine massive wind turbines on the edge of Exmoor.The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) said it would “forcefully object” to an application by npower renewables to build the 360ft tall turbines at Batsworthy Cross between South Molton and Tiverton. Bob Barfoot, chairman of the CPRE in North Devon, said the proposal went against the organisation’s national policy for onshore wind turbines.
Anti-windfarm campaigners reacted jubilantly to the end of a plan to build 15 100-metre tall wind turbines on the ridge between Boxworth and Elsworth. Planning inspector Andrew Pykett, who held a three-week public inquiry into the proposal in October and November, has rejected an appeal by an energy company against refusal of planning consent for the development. Dr Pykett said the windfarm would dominate the character of an area “of quintessentially English lowland landscape in composition, scale and appearance” to the extent that much of its existing quality would be overwhelmed.
When Fatima Hamioni and Gary Colclough built their dream home from scratch, they made sure its stunning view of the countryside was its main feature.But now a wind farm could be built on neighbouring land, ruining their rural outlook. The couple had been hoping to sell their home in Knighton, on the Shropshire-Staffordshire border, for £395,000 so they could move to Alsager. But the week they put the three-bedroom property on the market, they discovered Nuon Renewables was thinking of erecting nine 100m tall turbines nearby. The couple spoke out after around 120 people braved the wind and rain to attend a public meeting on the issue at Knighton Village Hall. Ms Hamioni, aged 36, said: “No-one in their right mind will want to pay £395,000 knowing there is a possibility of a wind farm. You are buying the view.
Britain’s oldest national conservation body, the Open Spaces Society, has lodged an objection to plans to build nine 360ft high wind turbines on the edge of Exmoor, which it said would be a “blot on the landscape”. The Open Spaces Society (OSS) has submitted an objection to North Devon District Council against the plan by npower renewables to build the turbines at Batsworthy Cross between South Molton and Tiverton. Kate Ashbrook, the OSS’s general secretary, said the turbines would be visible for many miles and would spoil people’s enjoyment of the area.
A plan for a wind farm on land owned by businessman Mohamed Al Fayed has been refused by Highland councillors. Almost half the council’s 80 members took the unusual step of visiting the site at Invercassley near Lairg in Sutherland. Councillors decided the 23-turbine plan was outwith the local authority’s renewable energy policy and would be visually unattractive. An appeal against the decision refusing the planning application is expected.
A scheme to build a ten turbine wind farm in north Northumberland is controversially being recommended for approval in principle. It is almost two years since Your Energy submitted plans for a wind farm at Moorsyde between Shoresdean and Duddo and decision time has finally arrived. Berwick Borough Council’s planning committee will make a decision at what is likely to be a stormy meeting in Ancroft Memorial Hall on Tuesday (6pm). The recommendation comes after a study by consultants Ferguson McIlveen concluded the wind farm would not have such an adverse visual impact as to warrant refusal.
Controversial plans for 10 giant wind turbines in the scenic Ochil Hills would have “major adverse effects on visual amenity,” particularly the views from the King’s Golf Course at world-famous Gleneagles Hotel. It would also impact on the nearby village of Dunning and other viewpoints in Strathearn, according to David Tyldesley, principal of Edinburgh-based planning and environmental consultants David Tyldesley Associates. And he added: “Mitigation measures would have little effect in reducing these impacts.” He was giving evidence at the inquiry, held in the Glenfarg Hotel, on behalf of Perth and Kinross Council.
The rejection at a planning inquiry of a controversial plan to build three massive wind turbines on the edge of Dartmoor has given hope to campaigners fighting against onshore wind turbines that future planning appeals will also fail. Campaigners against onshore wind turbine development were celebrating last night. They said they hoped the decision rejecting the three 266ft-high turbines because of visual intrusion would pave the way for further refusals at planning inquiries into Westcountry windfarm applications in the next few weeks.
Planners have rejected a proposal to build a wind turbine farm on the edge of Dartmoor National Park....... Planners said there would have been an adverse visual impact to the area. WCE said it was disappointed at the move. But campaigners were celebrating. Ray Quirke, of Okehampton and Dartmoor Against Turbines (ODAT), said it was a “triumph of common sense”.
A community group has warned local people that the beauty of the Braid Valley could be blighted by the equivalent of up to 40 Statues of Liberty. The Braid Valley Preservation Group has said a new application for 22 wind turbines on Elginny Hill, outside Broughshane, will have a “devastating impact” on the area’s scenery making a mockery of “the Gateway to the Glens”.
Skye campaigners yesterday condemned a developer’s photo montage of one of Scotland’s most controversial windfarms as a “gross misrepresentation” of its true potential impact on the area. The colour image, which features in an Amec newsletter to the local community in and around Edinbane, gives the clear impression that the 330ft high turbines would be barely visible.
The billionaire was understood to have concerns over revised plans for a wind farm off the Aberdeen coast which may affect views. The Scottish RSPB has already expressed concern over the impact of both planned developments. When Mr Trump visited the proposed site of his development he expressed concern about the wind farm.
The granddaughter of General Dwight D Eisenhower, who led the allied forces to victory in the Second World War, has linked up with the National Trust for Scotland to see off a serious threat to the landscape around the castle that became his Scottish home. A wind farm company has submitted plans to build 15 turbines on the hill that overlooks Culzean Castle, the 18th-century Robert Adam masterpiece owned by the trust on the Ayrshire coast. Its magnificent top-floor apartment was given by its former owner to Eisenhower at the end of the war to thank the US general for the part he played in commanding Scottish troops and defeating the Nazi menace.
A windfarm planning application has been refused by Maldon District Council because of its impact on the scenery.
"I love this estate and my objections are purely on aesthetic grounds. I know people will criticise me, but this is not about nimbyism," she said.
What makes this so alarming is that wind turbines are so inefficient and expensive that, economically, they make no sense at all (without the hidden 100 per cent subsidy paid by all of us through our electricity bills, it would not pay anyone to build them).
The businessman, whose mother was born on Lewis, warned his championship course, five-star hotel, golf academy and 500 holiday homes would be scrapped unless proposals for a nearby offshore wind farm were abandoned.