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The U-turn on wind turbines won't stop their march over every hill and valley

In my experience most supporters of turbines change their mind when they actually see them. I cannot believe Cameron would be happy if the villagers of Ellesborough took his bribe and put turbines on the Chilterns above Chequers. These things are not just in someone's "back yard", they are in the back yards of all Britain. The gulf has never been so wide between the rural landscape and the perception of it by ministers and commentators, who mostly live in London and holiday abroad.
6 Jun 2013

Locals to get veto power over wind farms

Senior Conservatives claim the move will effectively end the spread of the controversial turbines which have been blamed for blighting picturesque landscapes. Ministers will announce that residents will have to be consulted over new wind farms with applications barred if there is significant opposition. Councils are currently prevented from even considering applications for larger turbines.
6 Jun 2013

Normandy faces new assault

The plan to build a huge offshore wind farm within sight of land has upset veterans and their families and has triggered protests from environmentalists ...Seventy-five wind turbines, each almost 190m high, would be built nine to 14km out to sea. Construction is to begin in 2015, a year after the 70th anniversary of the landings.
1 May 2013

Protesters ‘delighted' as plan for wind turbine north of Grantham rejected

Those standing in opposition to the proposal were supported by comments from English Heritage which warned the turbine would have a "harmful effect on the setting and significance of a number of highly graded, nationally important designated heritage assets" including Belton House, Bellmount Tower, The Church of St Mary at Marston and The Church of St Peter at Foston.
24 Apr 2013

High Court ruling supports wind turbine exclusion distances

“To avoid public anger and disenchantment, it is crucial that there are reasonable safeguards to protect the amenity of wind turbine neighbours. The judgment in the Milton Keynes case shows that the law in fact supports Local Authorities that wish to set minimum separation distances, although it also shows that these must be designed and worded carefully.”
17 Apr 2013

Wind farm warning issued

An organisation has called for robust planning measures to be put in place to ensure large areas of Northumberland do not become "wind farm landscapes", which it says has happened in parts of Berwickshire. ...There is also concern the council has not adequately recognised the cumulative effects of turbine development.
13 Apr 2013

Loch Ness wind farm plans gets green light

Helen McDade, head of policy at the John Muir Trust, said: "We are disappointed that the majority of councillors chose to ignore expert opinion from bodies which include Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Cairngorms National Park, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and the John Muir Trust. "But despite this setback, the fight to save the Monadhliath Mountains will continue.
9 Apr 2013

Sales in our wind: Ireland's ambitious wind-energy plans

It is "far too soon" to make final judgments on which of the export-orientated windfarm projects now being mooted will be approved and under what terms. "There is no fait accompli at this stage. None of this has reassured objectors, who are concerned about the noise and visual impact of onshore turbines and also see the export of wind energy to Britain as equivalent to "selling the family silver".
7 Apr 2013

https://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Europe&p=16&topic=Impact+on+Landscape
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