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An energy company refused planning permission for a controversial wind farm proposal in Northamptonshire has failed in a fresh bid to revive the scheme at the Court of Appeal.
Wind power plants will now be put at a distance of not less than 10 times its height (with the rotor and blades) from residential buildings and areas particularly valuable from the environmental point of view (eg. National parks and nature reserves or landscape).
On 9 June Polish Senate approved the bill providing for mandatory setbacks of new wind farm developments from residential housing, which had already been passed by the Lower House several weeks ago. To become law, the legislation must now be signed by Polish President Andrzej Duda and officially published. The law is expected to come into effect as from 1 July 2016.
Wind farms must be built at a distance from housing of at least 10 times the height of the turbine, or about 1.5 to 2 km, under the law which was adopted by the lower house of parliament on Friday. The new regulations will also result in higher property taxes for wind farm owners, which the industry says could trigger bankruptcies.
The president of the Polish National Audit Authority (NIK) testified before a parliamentary committee on 12 May 2016 that in up to one-third of all the rural municipalities covered by the NIK investigation found decision makers responsible for granting permits for wind farm developments, or close family members of such local officials, were beneficiaries of land leases for these projects. A report on his testimony is provided below.
Potential for growth of wind energy in the state will be decimated by Bavaria's constitutional court backing the ruling that the minimum distance between a wind turbine and the nearest buildings must be ten times the height of the turbine.
Green, SPD and CDU, and also the wind power industry described the decision as a "black day not only for wind power, but for the transformation of energy in total." Meanwhile, the Bavarian government feels strengthened in its position. "The decision provides legal certainty," said Minister Ilse Aigner. The law "makes a public welfare an acceptable balance between our energy policy goals and local interests".
The Bavarian Constitutional Court dismissed actions against the Bavarian wind power distance law. The controversial 10H-rule has been declared constitutional.
The plan to impose a minimum distance of up to 1,100 metres (in the case of large turbines) between new wind developments and the nearest housing comes as a concession in the coalition contract for a new state government to the Free Democrats (FDP) which are entering the government after elections in March. The FDP had campaigned against the rapid expansion of wind power in the southern German state.
The planning inspectorate upheld the decision made by Rushcliffe Borough Council in 2014 based on landscape and impact, volume of objections and support from local representatives. The group had received wide support from nearby residents and Rushcliffe MP Ken Clarke.
Already over 300 citizens initiatives have formed to resist the construction of new parks across the country. Moreover, recent reports tell us the German government is poised to scale back on renewable energies, aiming to cap it at 40 – 45% of total energy supply by 2025, according to the Berliner Zeitung.
A north-east windfarm developer has asked the Scottish Government to release him from an agreement to fund affordable homes in Turriff. James Norrie, who won planning permission to install three turbines at Cairnhill, near Turriff in 2014, applied to Aberdeenshire Council earlier this year to get out of the agreement to fund the houses.
But Perth and Kinross Local Review Body upheld the planning department’s refusal, citing concerns over the impact of the turbines on tourism and on scenery because of their size and proposed layout. A total of 17 people, believed to live close by, wrote in support of the scheme, with 117 objecting, as well as community councils from Auchterarder to Methven.
Communities would be allowed to call a halt to wind farm developments under plans revealed by the Scottish Conservatives. A proposal to give local people the ability to impose moratoriums on wind farms features in the party's action plan for rural Scotland ahead of May's election.
“The feeling now is pretty much of relief that the right decision has been made. We were all quite emotional that this fight is over and we can get on with our lives and not worry about this huge turbine that would have impacted on us."
The two landowners and Wind Estate A / S, which wants to build three giant wind turbines west of Pederstrup do not think of neighbors and the health of local residents. It is about generating electricity from wind turbines, about money, and so it is also for those who are thinking about investing in the project to achieve a good profit. It's not about noise by neighbors and people's health.
Protesters, who packed out the Council Chamber at Gedling's Civic Centre, promised to continue their fight to get the turbine taken down. Former criminal lawyer Julia Holder, who is part of WCAT, said: "We fought the battle and won the battle, but here we go again. If there are grounds, we will have no hesitation going through the judicial review process again."
A wind turbine taller than the Wheel of Nottingham could finally be allowed to stay – after a legal battle that has cost hundreds of thousands of pounds and lasted more than four years. ...The Court of Appeal quashed planning permission in 2014 after a lengthy legal battle, but plans have been re-submitted to the council.
The largest windfarm ever proposed for Angus is hanging in the balance because the sums may not add up, it has emerged.
Planners have moved to block an “objectionable” large-scale windfarm straddling the spectacular landscape between Angus and Perthshire. Saddle Hill (Black Hill) windfarm was to straddle Glen Isla with 14 turbines.