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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.
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.
One of the experts behind plans to build a huge wind farm near Brent Knoll has admitted she did not bother to talk to residents when deciding how the development would affect its ‘treasured' surroundings. A public inquiry into energy firm Next Generation's controversial bid to get planning permission to create five 78m high turbines, each with three 41m blades, near the Somerset village was expected to finish today (Thurs). Next Generation's plans have been put under the microscope at the inquiry, at The Princess theatre in Burnham, with the massive visual and environmental impact it will have on the landscape coming under close scrutiny.
Plans for a controversial wind farm will be going on display in Neath. Pennant Walters is hoping to build 15 turbines in Maesgwyn - less than a kilometre from people's homes.
When will these companies realise that Highland Perthshire is not the place for wind farms of any size? This is a magnificent area visited by tourists from across the globe. It should not be the site of an industrial generating plant.
Gwent is set for its first commercial wind turbines after planning chiefs gave the go-ahead for an eco energy development. Two 130m turbines will now be built at Solutia UK's Newport site on Traston Road. The structures are set to be almost twice the height of the recently opened Newport City Footbridge (70m) and would be visible from over 5km away and would be 750m from the nearest dwelling. The proposals were approved at a planning meeting yesterday following a site visit by members of Newport Council planning committee, who were concerned about possible noise problems.
One of the most significant sites in the history of British aviation is in imminent danger of destruction, a leading local historian has warned. A proposal by a developer SLP Energy to place seven 125m-high (410ft) wind turbines on the site of the former RAF Pulham - home to the famous "Pulham Pigs" - is "grossly irresponsible", says historian and archaeologist Hadrian Jeffs. "It is quite wrong that such an important historical location, both for East Anglia and for the nation, should be sacrificed in this way," he said.
People in the Forres area who are familiar with the Dava Moor are being urged to go along to a meeting being held in Grantown on Spey tomorrow (Thursday), where plans which could make a drastic difference to the scenic wilderness are being discussed. The meeting, which has been organised by the "Save Our Dava" campaign group, will be attended by Cameron McNeish from the Ramblers Association, MEP Struan Stevenson and former president of the RSPB Roy Dennis, among others.
Protesters will today renew their bid to halt plans for a modern windmill being built in the heart of one of Liverpool's best-known conservation areas. Children's charity Kind wants to build the wind turbine to generate electricity alongside their base in Back Canning Street in the Georgian quarter of the city, close to the Anglican Cathedral. Council planning officers have recommended approval should be given to the three-bladed turbine, which will have a diameter of five metres. Opponents fear the whirring noise of the turbine will disturb them, but they also say its location within sight of the cathedral is unsuitable.
Developers behind Britain's oldest wind farm have told the Cornish Guardian the site needs vast changes to efficiently update renewable energy in North Cornwall. Built between 1989 and 1991, the 10,400kw turbines at Delabole have become dated and are now in need of upgrading. Two different plans were outlined at a special meeting at the site held on Friday evening.
A public Inquiry for a controversial wind turbine to power Glyndebourne Opera House could force the bid to be scrapped. A bid to build a turbine at Mill Plain, New Road, Ringmer, split the community when it was approved by Lewes District Council last month. Hundreds of people attended the meeting to hear the decision which went against a council planning officer's recommendation to refuse it. The council received 89 letters in support of the application and 282 against. Councillors voted 6-4 in favour of the 70-metre-high turbine. But Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Hazel Blears told the district council no final decision could be made on the turbine until she had seen the application. She has decided to call in the application and a public enquiry will take place.
The appeal hearing at Burnham's Princess Hall to decide whether controversial plans to build a wind farm on the outskirts of the town can go ahead ended on Tuesday, with a final ruling now awaited. Scores of supporters and opponents to the project have given evidence to the appeal at Burnham's Princess Hall during the ten-day hearing.
A business is launching yet another fight against plans for a wind farm which could bring an end to its operations. Peterlee Parachute Centre fears it might have to put a stop to jumps at its airfield in Shotton Colliery if the go-ahead is given to build the turbines at Edder Acres farm.
RESIDENTS in Syderstone have overwhelmingly voted against plans to build a wind farm on the boundary of their village. E.On UK is hoping to build a five-turbine wind farm on agricultural land at Chiplow, in the parish of Bagthorpe-with-Barmer but adjacent to the Syderstone boundary. Last week Syderstone residents voiced their opinions on the plans at a parish poll, which saw 77 per cent of voters opposing the wind farm, with just 23 per cent in favour.
Town leaders in Swaffham have put forward a policy to decide on the town's attitude towards wind turbines. On Wednesday night Swaffham Town Council planning committee put forward a motion to adopt Breckland Council's turbine policy. It follows proposals for new wind farms in and around the town that could bring the total number of turbines in the Swaffham area to more than 20 Members of the committee agreed that Breckland's policy was well-thought out and a good basis for their own stance on future planning applications for wind farms. But the committee agreed that the town council would still treat each individual proposal on its own merits. The motion to adopt Breckland Council's turbine policy will be decided at a future meeting of the town council.
An MP has called for the Government to hold a public enquiry into plans for a wind farm of "monster turbines" at a site he claims is unsuitable. Douglas Carswell, MP for Harwich and Clacton, claims plans by energy giant Npower to build a five turbine farm, near St Osyth, should be examined by a planning inspector and has written to Hazel Blears, the minister for communities and local government, to voice his concerns.
Burnham-On-Sea's MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, has this week voiced his concerns over the application to build a wind farm on the outskirts of the town. Mr Heathcoat-Amory spoke as the public inquiry into the controversial wind farm application entered into its third week. He said: "I support the objectors to this wind farm application as it is a completely inappropriate site. These large turbines are very intrusive and the area is flat so they would be visible for miles around."
RES UK & Ireland Ltd has received full planning permission to build a 10 turbine wind farm at Gruig, near Loughguile, Co. Antrim.
A power company has reduced the size of a wind farm it hopes to build off Wirral's coast in a bid to reduce its visual impact. A revised layout for the proposed Gwynt y Mor wind farm has been submitted to the Government by the project developer Npower Renewables The amended plan would see the area in which the turbine would be built reduced by 16%. Last night, Npower said that would mean a "significant reduction in the visual impact". The proposed site is 11 miles from Wirral and between eight and nine miles off the North Wales coast.
EXTRA time has been given so that more residents can have their say on a controversial wind farm application. The inquiry, originally expected to last eight days, will now continue until August 23 and is expected to last 11 days. An appeal was launched after plans to build five wind turbines at a farm off Stoddens Lane, near Brent Knoll were refused by Sedgemoor District Council.