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A senior local politician has warned the need for renewable energy cannot be at the expense of the heritage of Yorkshire's most popular seaside resort after a controversial wind turbine scheme earmarked for a 19th century hotel was thrown out.
A wind farm is to be built at the site of one of the most important battles ever fought on English soil, despite officials admitting that the scheme will "harm the setting" of the historic location. Proposals for an array of 415ft turbines overlooking the site of the Battle of Naseby, the decisive clash of the English Civil War, have been opposed by heritage groups.
They believe that harnessing the power of the park's many rivers and burns will help Scotland meet its green energy targets while avoiding or restricting the construction of unsightly wind farms in the vicinity. Gordon Watson, the director of planning and rural development for the Park Authority, said: "If there is something that Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National park is not short of, it's water.
The plan to build five 115-metre turbines between the village of Woodland and Hamsterley Forest - close to the home of TV botanist David Bellamy - is facing significant planning problems that could lead to delays of up to a year - or outright rejection.
Last year, members of Daventry District Council blocked plans to build turbines to the north of Haselbech, near Naseby, because of the impact the development would have on the area. But this week, national planning inspector, Paul Griffiths, overturned that decision, meaning six turbines up to 415ft tall can be built.
The council, which has 11,000 members, called for action ahead of Highland Council considering an application for the 31-turbine Allt Duine wind farm on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park on Tuesday. RWE-npower Renewables wants to build the wind farm near Kincraig, 440 yards from the park's western boundary.
Steven Turnbull, policy officer for JMT, said: "The impacts of the wind farm on the landscape would be significant and completely inappropriate for an area of wild land. "Even though the applicant has acknowledged these impacts, they've offered little evidence to support their decision to proceed regardless."
The Government's own environmental advisory body has warned that the magnificent views from Flamborough Head on the east Yorkshire coast will be "impacted" on by the huge Westernmost Rough offshore wind farm, due to be constructed some 20 miles down the coast near Withernsea.
A moratorium should be placed on new wind turbine developments until councils are given clearer guidance from government, environment minister Fergus Ewing has been told. MSPs warned that local communities feel they are "under attack" from energy firms whose desperation to snap up land across Scotland "resembles the prospecting days of the American gold rush".
"While the National Trust fully supports UK renewable energy initiatives, it has serious reservations about current plans for developing offshore wind energy so close to shore in the Bristol Channel, with the potential for serious impacts on sensitive coastal landscapes and seascapes."
The 730-hectare site stretching to the Cork and west Limerick borders was zoned "open for consideration" rather than suitable in the Kerry County Council development plan, flagging the fact that it had certain sensitivities. Within it were "dual conservation areas" for birds and animals and nearby was an area of special conservation.
The impact on the people and the beautiful countryside of Mid Wales and Shropshire will be devastating. 800 of these structures in the area proposed is completely and wholly out of proportion. If localism means anything at all, the ruination of the hills should be taken by bodies accountable locally. The macro-economic alleged advantages are, as KPMG point out, a total illusion.
Unsightly electric cables and pylons could mar some of Thornbury's historic sites if the company behind the proposed Oldbury wind farm wins its appeal. The grid connection from the wind farm to a substation in Alveston would pass through the town's cemetery, the Daggs allotments and the Mundy Playing Fields, the Gazette can reveal.
A group set up to oppose plans for more wind turbines on Anglesey says the island could be 'blighted' as a result of a huge increase in applications. They say more than 40 new sites are being considered by developers.
"We are not opposed to renewable energy but this will destroy vast areas of precious countryside and kill off the tourism trade. "The authorities have completely failed to consider the devastating impact this huge project will have on people's lives and livelihoods. "The substation alone will cover an area of 28 acres.
Hundreds of readers had their say on the Liberal Democrat's comments, with the poll asking if turbines are as beautiful as he claims. Some 79 people agreed with Mr Huhne that they are indeed elegant. But those backing him were somewhat outweighed by the 767 who voted to say they considered turbines to be a blight on the landscape.
The proposed development would have seen the construction of Scotland's tallest wind turbines, each measuring 149m with a blade-span of 100m. But Highland Council turned down the application following a visit to the site on Blairmore Estate, near Kiltarlity and Abriachan.
"Studies show how wind farms attract starfish that eat oysters. If that is true, they will wipe out most of the oyster population here and ruin our tourist industry." Vattenfall has begun a public consultation about its plans to add 17 turbines to the 30 already on the Kentish Flats offshore wind farm.
"It is bad enough having the possibility of 14 turbines up to 145 metres high on South Dale, but with all these farm turbines we are already starting to create a wind farm by default. "It is absolute madness."
The American tycoon, whose organisation has already vowed to fight the proposed wind farm "on every possible front," has told the First Minister he wants the plans to be rejected or the "useless eyesore" to be relocated away from his luxury golf resort.