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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

Wind farm U-turn leaves council policy 'in tatters'

Highland Council taxpayers face a bill of hundreds of thousands of pounds following the council's decision to drop its objection to a wind farm development at Achany near Rosehall, local residents said this week. In an 11th hour turnaround on Tuesday, Highland Council solicitor Susan Blease told a three-week-old planning inquiry into two wind farm applications for the area - the other is for a 23-turbine development by Airtricity on Mohamed al Fayed's estate at Invercassley - that there was no basis in law to refuse the 23-turbine Achany application by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE). However, she confirmed that the council still submitted that the Invercassley application be refused. The sudden withdrawal of the council's case shocked local residents who have resolutely fought the two proposed wind farms over the past few years.
17 Aug 2007

Mixed Reception to new Windfarm Plan

New neighbour? A wind farm could be built two miles from Greystoke GREYSTOKE residents have mixed views on plans for a new windfarm about two miles west of the village. They were out in force at a public information exhibition held by Berrier Hill Wind Energy Ltd at the village hall on Tuesday.
17 Aug 2007

Proposed windfarm in 'wrong location'

"It is obvious that wind measurements have not been collected from the site for sufficient time to evaluate the wind resource," said Mr Strachan. More suitable locations should also be sought before deciding on Gathercauld. "In particular, there are many brownfield sites, areas of deprivation in need of regeneration, unpopulated and bland landscapes in the UK which should be considered in the first instance prior to the development and ruin of beautiful landscape," he said. "In our opinion, the development would be overly intrusive and the character of the area would be degraded from a natural scenic landscape to a standard ‘industrialised' landscape."
16 Aug 2007

Windfarm opposition could cost £400,000

Councillors snubbed an eleventh hour opportunity to withdraw their objection to a controversial windfarm proposal. Planning, housing and environment services committee members were presented with a financial report on Tuesday detailing the costs of a public inquiry into a 23-turbine multi-million pound project at Blackcraig. Among the options on the table were not progressing with the objection and potentially saving the council a fortune. There are concerns the public inquiry over Scottish and Southern Energy's (SSE) proposal could cost the council as much as £400,000 if they lose out - with some officials fearing they are fighting a lost cause.
16 Aug 2007

Protesters rally for wind farm inquiry

ANTI-WIND farm campaigners in Northumberland last night issued a rallying call to prevent 18 new turbines being built near Alnwick. The scheme, put forward by npower renewables for Middle-moor, near North Charlton, was turned down by councillors earlier this year. But the company appealed against the decision, claiming it breached the council's own planning policy, and a public inquiry is to be heard in Alnwick's Northumberland Hall on November 13. Last night those opposing the plans urged people who supported the protest to redouble their efforts for the inquiry.
16 Aug 2007

Second wind farm on way

A second wind farm is being proposed for Wakefield district at Knottingley. UK-based renewable energy developer Your Energy is seeking residents' views on proposals to erect up to 10 turbines on a site between Knottingley and Eggborough. It follows a controversial proposals announced earlier this year by Banks Developments to build six 80m high turbines in the Went Valley at Darrington near Pontefract. Your Energy is staging two public exhibitions between noon and 8pm at Knottingley Leisure Centre on August 29 and at Eggborough Village Hall on August 30.
16 Aug 2007

Anger over Council’s windfarm decision

Highland Council's shock withdrawal of its objection to one of two proposed windfarms in Sutherland at the end of a three-and-a-half-week joint planning inquiry has upset the other developer. Scottish Executive inquiry reporter Janet McNair conducted a joint hearing of Airtricity's appeal against refusal of planning permission for a 23-turbine windfarm on Harrods boss Mohamed Al Fayed's Invercassley Estate at Beinn Rosail, Strath Oykel, near Rosehall, and an appeal by Scottish and Southern Energy regarding 23 turbines at Achany, near Lairg. The council opposed both appeals throughout the inquiry but, in her closing submissions on Tuesday, the council's solicitor, Susan Bleasek, said: "It is not considered appropriate to make a submission to this inquiry that there is any basis in law to refuse the Achany appeal." And Alan Baker, who is chief executive of Airtricity in Scotland, yesterday said his company was "surprised and disappointed" by the council's decision.
16 Aug 2007

Wind plans are on ice

A DECISION over plans to erect three wind turbines on Mawdesley Moss has been put on ice. Chorley Borough Council has postponed the discussion of the application until Tuesday, September 11. Planning officer Mark Moore, who has been handling the case, said they needed more time to consider the application.
16 Aug 2007

Wind power row goes on

MORE than 1,600 individuals and organisations have formally commented on plans to build a string of wind turbines on the hills between Todmorden and Rochdale. The total includes petitions signed by hundreds of supporters and objectors, nearly all concerned about the need to protect the environment. A date has still to be fixed for Calderdale Council's planning committee to consider proposals by Coronation Power for commercial turbines up to 410ft to the tip of the rotor blades at Reaps Moss, Todmorden Moor and Crook Hill.
15 Aug 2007

Storm gathers over giant wind farm ‘dumping’ site

Angry residents in north Cornwall gathered on Monday night to declare "no more wind farms in our back yard." More than 200 people packed into Clease Hall, Camelford, to share their dismay over plans for two more wind farms in the district and which are planned for the Davidstow area. They say north Cornwall has become a "dumping ground" for turbines and claim there are already too many in the area.
15 Aug 2007

Fury after Highland windfarms U-turn

A planning inquiry into two windfarms in central Sutherland took a dramatic turn yesterday when Highland Council withdrew its objection to one of the developments at the 11th hour. Windfarm objectors said last night the council's U-turn "beggars belief" and demanded an explanation. The announcement that the council had no legal grounds for opposing an appeal by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) came at the end of the three-and-a-half-week inquiry at Lairg Community Centre. It is due to conclude today with a final site visit.
15 Aug 2007

Company Undecided over Giant Turbine

Developers behind plans for a 160ft wind turbine in a moorland village say they are still undecided whether or not to press ahead with the plans.Cornwall Light and Power Ltd have told the Cornish Guardian they are still mulling over plans for a giant turbine near Pensilva - but do expect to make a final decision by the end of the month. Bosses at the company say they "have to be sure" the local community is behind them, as they will also operate the turbine and therefore live side-by-side with villagers. A recent public exhibition in Pensilva had to abandoned after objectors "hijacked" the meeting, said developers.
15 Aug 2007

Wind turbine opposition confirmed

Dumfries and Galloway Council has confirmed its opposition to wind farm plans in the Glenkens - forcing the issue to public inquiry. The 23-turbine proposal by Scottish and Southern Energy had already been debated four times by the authority. It has now decided to take the scheme to public inquiry - despite potential costs thought to be up to £300,000.
15 Aug 2007

Wind farm approved for Perthshire

Plans for a wind farm in the Ochil Hills have been approved following a public inquiry. The 12-turbine development at Lochelbank near Glenfarg was originally rejected by Perth and Kinross Council. The decision has been overturned on appeal, despite more than 1,000 objections to the proposals.
15 Aug 2007

Prison sites eyed for large scale turbines

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is taking forward a proposal for harnessing wind power by investigating the construction of large scale wind turbines on prison land. Twenty prison sites have been so far identified for feasibility studies which will be carried out by the Carbon Trust. The studies will establish the suitability of each site for the development of a wind turbine, an outline design of the infrastructure and equipment likely to be needed, an estimate of the energy likely to be generated along with the likely costs and revenues.
14 Aug 2007
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