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Turbines too near homes, says speaker at inquiry

Night time noise levels from a proposed wind farm near Lutterworth will damage residents' sleep patterns and disrupt their lives, it was claimed at an inquiry on Tuesday. David Havergill, a member of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA), was speaking at the inquiry into whether an energy firm should be allowed to build an 11-turbine wind farm on land between Swinford and Walcote.
30 Jul 2009

Turbines 'will disrupt sleep'

A doctor has called for a wind farm plan to be rejected because he believes it will give people living nearby sleepless nights. Dr Chris Hanning was speaking at a public inquiry ...The consultant in sleep medicine at Leicester General Hospital said noise created by electricity-generating turbines had been proven to adversely affect the heath of people who lived near them.
30 Jul 2009

Wind farm may lead to 'industrial wasteland'

Campaigners have warned if the latest East Riding wind farm application is granted, it could set a precedent condemning the area as an 'industrial wasteland'. Renewable Energy Systems (RES) is seeking permission to build a nine-turbine wind farm near Roos but residents have objected. The application will be considered by East Riding Council's planning committee.
28 Jul 2009

People in the countryside told to accept 'many thousands' of new wind turbines

Ed Miliband, the Energy Secretary, announced yesterday that planning rules would be changed to make it easier for 6,000 onshore wind turbines to be built. Britain's "default position" would be to accept new onshore turbines, he said. The expansion in wind farms was included in the Government's Renewable Energy Strategy, which aims to cut energy use and carbon dioxide emissions, and reduce Britain's dependence on fossil fuels.
16 Jul 2009

Wind turbine plans are dismissed

Plans to build a wind farm near a Shropshire town have been refused following a public inquiry. Nuon UK's proposals for seven wind turbines up to 360ft (110m) high at Bearstone, near Market Drayton, were considered at a public inquiry in May. ...However, the Planning Inspectorate said the scheme would mean a "marked and unacceptable reduction" for nearby residential areas.
15 Jul 2009

CPRE forces Miliband to ‘clarify' countryside policy

The secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Miliband has responded to a set of challenging questions on energy and the landscape from the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Among questions he has answered, Miliband clarified his controversial statement that it should "be socially unacceptable to be against wind turbines in your area - like not wearing a seatbelt or driving past a zebra crossing."
7 Jul 2009

Thousands sign petition to stop £800m Shetland wind farm

The scale of public opposition to Europe's largest onshore wind farm proposed for the Shetland mainland has been underlined after about 70 campaigners handed in a petition of more than 3600 signatures demanding the plans be scrapped. ...The signatures, representing almost 20% of Shetland's population over the age of 12, were given to Shetland Island Council convenor Sandy Cluness.
2 Jul 2009

Thanet shudders to wind farm vibrations

The isle has rocked to vibrations from work off the area's coast as power giants Vattenfall build a huge wind farm project, writes Tom Betts. The loud bangs came from the Sea Jack vessel which is currently pile-driving the sea bed in order to install the foundations. The noise was heard last night (Monday, June29) across Thanet from Birchington as far round the coast as Broadstairs and even Ramsgate.
30 Jun 2009

Anger over plans for windfarm on historic Owain Glyndwr battlefield

Campaigners objecting to a massive windfarm on a mountain where Welsh prince Owain Glyndwr staged a decisive battle will today stage a peaceful protest. More than 100 turbines, each 140m high, could go up on Mynydd Hyddgen. Developers Airtricity won an Assembly tender for the wind farm, at Nant-y-Moch in the Pumlumon hills above Machynlleth, straddling Powys and Ceredigion.
20 Jun 2009

Personal wind farm worries neighbours

A retired GP has sparked a row in his picturesque Northumberland village by planning a £40,000 wind turbine in his back garden. Dr Steven Ford wants to erect the turbine - which would measure 17.8 metres from base to blade tip - in a field behind his home in Heugh House Lane, Haydon Bridge, a row of 20 properties in the countryside overlooking the Northumberland village.
15 Jun 2009

Trouble at the mills

Plans for one of Britain's biggest on-shore wind turbines at the Dewlay factory near Garstang have hit a hitch. The Kirkland-based cheese firm hopes to start work on the 127 metres high turbine later this year and have it operational by Spring 2010.
10 Jun 2009

Green homeowner hit with noise abatement order because 40ft wind turbine is driving his neighbours mad

When Stephen Munday spent £20,000 on a wind turbine to generate electricity for his home, he was proud to be doing his bit for the environment. He got planning permission and put up the 40ft device two years ago, making sure he stuck to strict noise level limits. But neighbours still complained that the sound was annoying - and now the local council has ordered him to switch it off.
27 May 2009

Wind farm opponents call for European moratorium

Europe should halt the construction of any more wind farms until it has further examined their impact on wildlife, landscapes and the value of nearby houses, a new anti-wind farm group said on Tuesday. "Wind farms represent the worst-case scenario," the European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW) said in a letter to European Union commissioners and parliamentarians, in which it called for a moratorium on all wind projects.
26 May 2009

Welcome for wind-farm rule

Planning authorities should treat occupants of single dwellings close to a proposed wind farm site the same way as nearby settlements. The clarification from the Scottish Government on the guidelines to assess applications has been seized on by campaigners seeking to spike the current run of turbine developments in the Highlands.
15 Apr 2009

A green dream or bad for our health?

The Co-operative Group, which hopes to build the wind farm on land near Langford and Biggleswade, has announced its plans for a package of community benefits, including an environmental education programme and a community trust fund. But meanwhile campaigners against the development have been distributing leaflets at school gates - warning that it could be a potential health time bomb. A couple from Enfield ...are urging people to sign an online petition asking the Government to enforce a buffer zone of at least two kilometres between industrial wind turbines and homes.
27 Mar 2009

Noise impacts of wind farms must not be neglected

Environmental Protection UK(1) welcome the report released by RSPB(2), which states that the use of bird sensitivity maps will ensure that wind power and wildlife can co-exist. We are, however, extremely concerned that some news reporting of this(3) has stated that the only obstacle to onshore wind development is now 'Nimbyism'.
26 Mar 2009
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