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Controversial plans for a weather-testing mast in Essington which could have led to a 119-metre wind turbine dominating the skyline have been thrown out amid claims it would distract drivers on the M54 and M6. Around 40 members of South Staffordshire District Council’s regulatory committee last night voted unanimously against the proposals by Essington company Ibstock Bricks. The firm wanted to build a 40-metre temporary structure at its quarry in Warstone Road.
UK Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks has given the go-ahead for a major wind project 14km from Walney Island, off the coast of Cumbria. The Walney wind farm, from developer DONG Energy, is expected to have somewhere between 93-152 turbines, producing enough clean electricity for approximately 360,000 homes when fully operational in 2013. The world's largest offshore wind project - the 1000MW London Array - has also now received its final consent.
Plans to build a windfarm on the moors near Littleborough could be acceptable if they were changed to include fewer, smaller turbines. That is the verdict of a report commissioned by Lancashire County Council into Coronation Power's proposals to erect 12 125m high turbines at Crook Hill. The report ...in its present form the windfarm would spoil the views across the hills and affect the landscape.
FOLLOWING the decision by Berwick Borough Council planning committee to refuse the planning application for 10 wind turbines at Wandylaw, the developers, RidgeWind, have said they have not yet decided on whether to appeal the decision. Nigel Goodhew, director of RidgeWind, told the 'Advertiser': "Obviously we are totally dismayed at the decision. We are reviewing all the options that are available to us. This is the one project that had received positive planning recommendation and had incredible support, and independent and neutral surveys and reports endorsed the proposal," he added. "We feel that this was a unique opportunity which has been possibly missed."
Plans for wind turbines have been blown-out hours before the controversial proposals were due to go before planners. Brighton and Hove City Council has announced it will be deferring the plans for the turbines on its headquarters at Kings House, Grand Avenue in Hove. It was due to be discussed by the council's planning committee tomorrow. ...Council leader Brian Oxley said: "We think it needs to be looked at very carefully and want to make sure we get best value for money, assess the visual intrusion and noise and look at the pay off of the power produced. "We want to make sure it is the right scheme." The turbines had come under criticism from residents living near the seafront building.
Wind turbines earmarked for the roof of two council buildings are an ineffective and expensive publicity stunt, according to residents. ...Ray Farrow, who runs renewable energy company Wind Power Energy, said the officers were using the wrong type of turbines which do not have the power to make a difference to the authority's carbon footprint. "I have spent some time looking through the proposed installation of wind turbines ...it is an expensive publicity stunt. "
An application for a 25 metre-high wind turbine at Plymstock's Coombe Dean School has been withdrawn ...The school applied for planning permission from Plymouth City Council in July but had to withdraw its application this week due to the lack of "noise information" provided.
Fresh controversy is brewing after First Minister Rhodri Morgan announced wind turbines could spring up on Forestry Commission land. Mr Morgan told an audience at the Liberty Stadium yesterday that wind farm developers are to come up with plans for the land, which lies in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire as well as Mid and North Wales. Opponents said it should be left alone for walkers and tourists. Mr Morgan insisted Wales had to take action to combat climate change by increasing its production of renewable energy and that wind farms were, for the time being, the best method of doing that.
WIND power is not the only answer to the Government's renewable energy problem, according to the North-East's climate change experts. Despite a warning from energy groups that the UK is unlikely to tackle climate change without more wind farms, scientists from across the region have insisted there are plenty of alternatives. Their words have come after planners at Berwick Council rejected a 10-turbine application on Tuesday. And while most of the region's growing renewable energy sector supports wind turbines, alternatives are being lined up because of the growing objections to the turbines.
Controversial proposals to develop a windfarm at Norfolk sports-car manufacturer Lotus's test track have been recommended for refusal by district planners. ...Objectors include the Ministry of Defence, which claims the turbines would cause "unacceptable interference" to the air- defence radar at RAF Trimingham, as well as neighbouring residents who fear their lives will be blighted by the structures. Among the concerns are the visual impact over large areas of unspoilt countryside, the industrial nature of the development, potential noise and shadow flicker, and the effect on farm animals and wildlife. There have been 111 protest letters and six in support.
BERWICK Borough Council has refused the Wandylaw windfarm planning application from RidgeWind Ltd for 10 turbines, situated near Ellingham, by eight votes to two at a special meeting of the planning committee on Tuesday night. The reasons given for the refusal of the application included the "detrimental visual impact on north Northumberland", the cumulative effect had both Wandylaw and Middlemoor windfarms been given the go-ahead, the proposed extension of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) right up to the A1, and also national security and public safety issues regarding Ministry of Defence radar interference.
MORE than three quarters of Marshland St James residents who voted in a parish poll are against wind turbines in their area. Just under half of the 962 registered voters took part in Thursday's poll, which was demanded by parishioners at a meeting last month. It asked residents whether they wanted wind turbines on land within or surrounding their parish and out of 442 votes cast, 341 said no, while 101 said yes.
A full environmental study on a wind turbine test mast must be made before city planners decide whether it would spoil views of the 'dreaming spires'. ...A city council spokesman said: "We had asked the Co-op to withdraw the planning application as it lacked certain important information. "This included a landscape assessment which looked at how the character of the landscape would be affected.
VILLAGERS near Aspatria are angry about plans to build a windfarm on their doorstep. Five turbines - each more than 100 metres high - would be sited on a ridge to the south of Westnewton. ..."This development would be hugely detrimental to the village - both in visual terms and noise nuisance.
A group of north-east farmers granted permission to create a windfarm three months ago could have their hopes dashed this week after council officials marked the project for refusal. ...in a report to go before councillors on Thursday, director of planning and environmental services Christine Gore recommends the plans are rejected because it would have "an adverse impact on the character of the area" and because the four wind turbines would have an "unacceptable cumulative impact".
A report from the Planning Inspectorate concerning a resident's appeal for a wind turbine application to City of York Council supported the council's standpoint. In the report, J Chance stated: "Such schemes should not be at the expense of detracting from neighbouring residents' enjoyment of their properties and in this case insufficient information has been provided to conclude that the proposal would not harm the living conditions of existing residential occupiers."
PARISH councillors this week unanimously rejected contentious plans to four wind turbines between Ormesby St Margaret and Hemsby - citing risks to aircraft and migrating geese, as well as being blots on the landscape. Members of Ormesby St Margaret Parish Council voted against the scheme to set up the 415ft towering turbines between the two villages.
FORMAL approval for bigger blades on wind turbines planned for a former airfield site has been put on hold after legal issues were raised by objectors. ...Lawyers had argued that the application to increase the blade length of the turbines at Parham had not been correctly handled by the district council, claiming that the law required a new and full application, including a Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
THE Ministry of Defence is poised to shoot down plans for a triple wind farm development in the Knowesgate area. ...The Ministry's objections will come as a body blow to the developers of the three windfarms, whose plans go before a public inquiry in January.
There is no set limit on the turbines that can be erected in the area, and Allerdale council's planning officer, Ric Outhwaite, said targets for wind farms set by the government are being raised once they are reached. ...[veteran anti-windfarm campaigner] Mike Hall said "Our countryside is simply being destroyed as a political gesture."