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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. France relies heavily on nuclear power but is working to shift to renewable energy sources and triple by 2020 its number of wind turbines, from the current 4000 that are spread across 1127 sites.
Too many of the turbines had been “peppered” across the UK without enough consideration for the countryside and people’s homes, adding that “enough is enough”. He added: “We can no longer have wind turbines imposed on communities. I can’t single-handedly build a new Jerusalem but I can protect our green and pleasant land.”
"Alex Salmond has a death wish for Scotland, where he wants to put these horrendous industrial wind turbines all over the place," Mr. Trump said in a telephone interview last week.
The Thornton and Queensbury area has been transformed into a “wind farm landscape” in recent years, according to a council officer. Bradford Council’s landscape architect Simon Alderson made the comments when asked for his feedback on the latest application for a wind turbine in the area, at Keelham Farm Shop.
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.
“This is, without doubt, one of the most worrying wind farm applications we have seen in Scotland. Not only does it risk harming some of the UK’s rarest species, it would make restoration of this core part of the globally important Flow Country much more difficult."
Wind farms are "industrialising" the countryside, a Westcountry MP has warned as he raised fears tough new rules to prevent the technology's expansion are failing. Geoffrey Cox, Conservative MP for Torridge and West Devon, has concerns that new planning guidance to give local opponents more power has done little to slow the number of wind farm applications.
Planning officers have recommended the application be refused on two grounds. The first is that the wind farm would ‘significantly intrude upon and dominate the setting of nearby heritage assets resulting in substantial harm to the detriment of their significance’, and secondly that it would result in ‘substantial harm to heritage assets of significant archeological interest within the site.’
Kildare’s County Manager has promised a major review of the county’s wind farm policy. The move came as a result of two motions put before the council yesterday, October 21 - one from Labour and one from Independent Cllr Padraig McEvoy.
The rush to develop on-shore wind farms is “over” and has damaged the renewable energy agenda, the Energy and Climate Change Minister said. Mr Barker promised that future wind farms would be developed off-shore, the Mail on Sunday reported. “We put certain projects in the wrong place,” he said.
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.”
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’.
“We appreciate that wind farms have a place, but the fact that there are seven wind farm applications a day in Scotland proves this is a gravy train threatening to career out of control.” Some local authorities have previously voiced concern over the number of wind farm submissions from energy firms. Many are large-scale, requiring significant work, and placing a weighty burden on planning chiefs.
"Alex Salmond has played to the gallery on this one, but the figures show the rush of wind farm applications remains intense. These applications put council planning departments under immense strain, and cause great concern to communities worried about the impact a massive wind farm on their doorstep will have."
Consultants commissioned by the county council expressed ‘disappointment’ in a report to the committee that NBDL would not submit 70mm or 75mm focal length single frame printed images that would provide a clearer picture of what the development would look like. They said the wind farm could not be sited entirely out of site within the development boundary.
‘Some communities have genuine concerns that when it comes to developments such as wind turbines and solar farms, insufficient weight is being given to local environmental considerations like landscape, heritage and local amenity. The new guidance makes it clear that the need for renewable energy does not automatically override environmental protections and the views of local communities will be listened to.'
Wind farms and flyovers which block some of the country’s most glorious views are one of the biggest threats to Britain’s cultural heritage, the chief executive of English Heritage has said. Simon Thurley said his ‘biggest challenge’ was to find ways to stop the erection of wind farms and other eyesores from obscuring historic buildings and monuments.
For those who could find themselves living right next to these colossal structures, however, it is a deeply depressing spectre. ‘If Lord Spencer and EDF had taken the trouble to talk to everyone first and ask how to make these things as unobtrusive as possible, they’d have won some people round,’ he says. ‘But they just got everyone’s backs up from the start.’
The UK's only "dark sky” park which gives astronomers a crystal clear view of space is being threatend by wind turbines with lights on, scientists are warning. Alex Salmond has been urged to protect the UK's only 'dark sky' park from wind turbines.
The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is composing a response to the South Kyle wind farm consultation voicing concerns about light pollution, which could spoil precious star views. Energy firm Vattenfall plans to erect 50 wind turbines spanning nearly 150 metres if the Scottish Government approves the wind farm.