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The Scottish Government has been accused of sacrificing trees for wind turbines. A Freedom of Information request from the Scottish Conservatives discovered that millions of trees have been cut down in Scotland to clear the way for windfarm developments since the SNP came to power in 2007.
Residents of the Finuge area in north Co Kerry have taken the unusual step of putting 'for sale' signs on their properties because they say they will no longer want to live there if controversial proposals for a wind farm go ahead. Stacks Mountain wind farm Ltd is proposing to construct 10 windmills on bogland at Ballyhorgan, in north Kerry, but locals are vehemently opposed.
Britain's political class today stands accused of ‘industrialising the countryside’ by allowing the spread of wind and solar farms that have ‘blighted landscapes’ across the UK. Sir Andrew Motion, president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, condemns the ‘gung-ho’ way in which all three main political parties have put development ahead of protecting ‘Britain’s green spaces’.
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 for a 12-turbine wind farm straddling three local authority boundaries have been rejected by the communities secretary after he concluded that the proposal conflicted with local and national planning policies and would result in 'substantial impacts' on the landscape.
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.
"The most important thing is to protect jobs," said Richard Vainopoulos, the president of TourCom, France's second-biggest umbrella grouping of travel agencies. He said impact studies have shown that visitors to affected sites could fall by up to 50 percent if wind turbines are set up 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. 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.