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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."
Wayne Riddell, one of the objectors, said they would have a devastating effect on nearby wild geese. He said: "It is proposed to erect giant windmills in the birds' flight path so they will be bashed to bits. "I strongly oppose the ad-hoc proliferation of these huge eyesores which are blighting Scotland's beautiful landscape for very little benefit." But the committee has authorised officers to give the go ahead to the turbines, which will feed into the national grid, subject to 23 conditions.
CONTROVERSIAL plans for a five-turbine wind farm in Rainworth have been given the green light by planning chiefs today (Tuesday).
CONTROVERSIAL plans for three wind turbines at a West Lancashire beauty spot have been blocked by planners. The application by Damian Culshaw to build three wind turbines on Cliff's Farm, on Mawdesley Moss, was turned down by a majority vote. Chorley Borough Council refused the application on the grounds that it was an inappropriate development within Green Belt land.
CAMPAIGNERS against a proposed windfarm near Syderstone are celebrating after West Norfolk Council refused plans for the "first stage" of the development. e.on UK, one of the country's largest energy suppliers, had hoped to erect a 50- metre climate monitoring mast on farmland between the parish of Bagthorpe-with-Barmer and Syderstone, known as Chiplow. But members of the development control board refused planning permission at a meeting on Monday after steadfast opposition from residents and parish councils in East Rudham, Stanhoe and Syderstone.
The passionate advocacy of wind and solar power cannot change the fact that they are in their infancy and incapable of providing most of our power needs. Neither can the environmental activist's vision of a world in which all live simpler lives without the need for so much power be anything but a fantasy which no developing nation would ever take seriously. The reality is that without our being allowed to discuss all power generation options, the eco-activist's dystopian vision of New Zealand risks coming true.
"The people of the village who were eligible to vote in the parish poll in August have shown that they do not want the wind turbine farm or the anemometer and the planners have taken that view on board in making their decision," said Mr Taylor. Also pleased at the result was Reg Thompson, vice chairman of the action group called Against Turbines at Chiplow". He said : "With over 500 off shore turbines approved along the Norfolk coast, the county has more than met its quota for renewable energy. I believe that the decision at the meeting sends a clear message to the power companies and greedy landowners that there should be no more shore wind farms blighting our beautiful Norfolk countryside".
Permission was originally granted in 2002 for three turbines in the area of Mace Upper. When the developer, Noel Walsh, applied to install bigger turbines, there were eight letters of objection from local residents. Concerns were raised about health and safety, noise pollution, loss of property value and the impact on scenery and tourism. Despite these issues, permission for higher turbines with larger propellers was granted in December 2006.
A campaign is mounting against plans for two wind farms in North Cornwall where residents say their surroundings have become a "dumping ground" for renewable energy projects. Green energy company Ecotricity wants to build four turbines to generate enough energy to power 9,000 homes, which is twice as much as Delabole windfarm. However, campaigners against the scheme are gathering support after a meeting last week when 200 people met at Clease Hall in Camelford to voice their opposition to plans for the two new wind farms.
While the process of formulating that policy is under way, all wind applications must be put on hold. Fenland is now on the tipping point of total rural landscape and skyline industrialisation. I say enough is enough.
Plans have been revealed for a wind farm at Tallentire. Renewable Energy Systems Ltd want to build the turbines on land between Gilcrux and Tallentire and it hopes to lodge a planning application with Allerdale council in the next few weeks. A public exhibition will be held as part of a public consultation that has included leaflets been sent to homes and businesses in the area.
Council planning officials have recommended approval of a wind farm on a hillside in the Southern Uplands. However, they want the developers Airtricity to reduce the number of turbines from 13 to 11 at the Dumfries and Galloway site. The location earmarked is on top of Whiteside hill - about four miles south west of Sanquhar. A reduction in the size of the plans is among a number of conditions being suggested by planning officers. More than 30 representations have been made about the scheme - the majority opposing the development on grounds of environmental and visual impact as well as concerns about road access. The plans will be considered by members of the council's Nithsdale area committee next week.
Highland planners were warned yesterday that they risked flooding communities and landing taxpayers with huge fines if they approved a raft of windfarm applications in a wildlife haven on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. Scottish Tory MEP Struan Stevenson told local objectors to five schemes planned for the pristine Dava Moor near Grantown that he had submitted their complaints to EC Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas. He hoped the commissioner's legal officers would visit to verify that, cumulatively, the projects would breach bird, peat bog and habitat legislation.
Polarised views on proposals to build a wind farm in the South Lakeland countryside could divide the close-knit community living nearby. More than 100 people from Old Hutton gathered at the village hall on Tuesday to view plans drawn up by Banks Developments for a five to eight turbine wind farm at Armitstead on the outskirts of the village. The proposals sparked anger among many local people when they were announced last week and prompted an emergency meeting and the setting up of A Blot - a pressure group made up of residents opposed to the wind farm due to the impact it would have on the local landscape and wildlife.
Proposals for a windfarm in a west Norfolk village have been given an overwhelming thumbs-down in a poll of residents. There was a four-to-one vote against the five turbines in the poll by Syderstone parish council, called so that its 430 residents eligible to vote could have their say on the proposals by E-On UK at Chiplow, close to the village and neighbouring communities of Bagthorpe and Barmer.
Proposals for a community-owned wind farm on Selkirk's Common Good land have been given the green light to progress to the next stage. Around 100 people attended a public meeting in the Victoria Halls last week and voted in favour of commissioning a feasibility study at an estimated cost of £10,000. However, the issue has split Selkirk Regeneration Group (SRG) and caused heated debate, with many fearing the presence of wind turbines on the North or South Common would have a devastating impact on both the local community and tourism in the area.
The European Commission has been asked to intervene to stop proposals for five wind farms. The planned developments at Dava Moor, near Grantown on Spey, would mean 130 turbines close to or on the northern boundary of the Cairngorms National Park. Conservative MEP Struan Stevenson yesterday joined the RSPB and 50 other protesters, describing the plans as "environmental vandalism on a grand scale".
A decision on whether controversial plans to build a wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham will proceed will be made in November, it was announced on the final day of this week's appeal hearing. Planning inspector Robin Brookes of The Planning Inspectorate told the audience on Thursday morning (August 23rd): "My best estimate for a decision is Friday November 23rd."