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Who was consulted?

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.
23 Aug 2007

Turbine plan ‘will wreck airship site’

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.
22 Aug 2007

Fight goes on over ‘monster’ windmill

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.
22 Aug 2007

Public urged to attend ‘Save our Dava’ meeting

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.
22 Aug 2007

‘Vast changes’ to wind farm needed

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.
22 Aug 2007

Burnham-On-Sea wind farm appeal hearing ends

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.
22 Aug 2007

Public Inquiry could scupper opera wind turbine bid

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.
22 Aug 2007

Wind farm proposal: Syderstone says NO

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.
21 Aug 2007

Business battles turbine plan

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.
21 Aug 2007

Swaffham ponders wind turbine policy

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.
21 Aug 2007

‘Government must decide wind farm plan’

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.
21 Aug 2007

Burnham-On-Sea MP voices his opposition to wind farm plans

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."
21 Aug 2007

Firm bids to reduce size of offshore wind farm

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.
20 Aug 2007

Wind farm inquiry goes into extra time

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.
20 Aug 2007

Film spoilers

Add to this the damage to the tourism industry, and the whole concept of ranks of wind turbines across the roof and shores of Wales, producing intermittently and unpredictably amounts of electricity far less than developers lead us to expect, seems utterly foolish, especially when there are much less damaging ways to produce electricity (in which Wales is self-sufficient, in any case).
20 Aug 2007

Concerns over wind turbine proposals

Wind turbines standing more than 400ft-high could be built at an Aberdeenshire beauty spot, it has emerged. The seven windmills are planned for Pressendye, a hill near Tarland visible from the Cairngorms National Park. The park authority has already raised concern with Aberdeenshire Council over the "significant" impact the turbines could have on the area.
17 Aug 2007

Wind debate up in the air

Community councils across west Stirlingshire are currently deciding how to respond to the proposed Ballindalloch Muir wind farm near Balfron. The Stirling Observer understands that over the next few weeks, community councillors will be holding discussions on whether to respond to the plans for nine turbines proposed by n-Power Renewables. This week, the Observer attempted to contact community councils from Arnprior to Drymen. Those we spoke to said that they were mulling over whether to join the protest group - the Endrick Valley Action Group (EVAG) - or to form sub-committees in order to look at the proposals in detail and respond independently. In either case, their positions on this are expected soon.
17 Aug 2007

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