Articles filed under Zoning/Planning from Europe

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

Wind turbines decision due

Plans for three 80m wind turbines in Mawdesley were due to go before councillors tonight. Damian Culshaw has applied to Chorley Council to erect a windfarm to generate electricity at Cliff's Farm. Mawdesley parish council has objected to the proposals and more than 150 letters of objection from residents have been received. Planning officers have offered two separate recommendations to either refuse it on the grounds of insufficient information or send it to full council for a decision.
14 Aug 2007

Wind farm inquiry

A public inquiry into a controversial wind farm application began on Tuesday. The inquiry, which is expected to last eight days, was launched after plans to build five wind turbines at a farm off Stoddens Lane, near Brent Knoll, were refused by Sedgemoor District Council. Next Generation, a subsidiary of renewable energy company Ecotricity, is appealing against the authority's decision but faces opposition from pressure group kNOll to Wind Farm, Brent Knoll Parish Council and Burnham and Highbridge Town Council. Around 50 people packed in to The Princess in Burnham to hear the inquiry.
13 Aug 2007

Windfarm strategy update wanted

Council chiefs want to spend £80,000 on consultants - to tell them how to deal with windfarms. The ‘strategy update' is seen as the best way to avoid hefty bills when official objections to major planning applications are lodged. A public inquiry into a refusal to the 71-turbine Harestanes project in the Ae Forest was estimated to have cost the council £200,000.
13 Aug 2007

Hill wind farm inquiry confirmed

The Scottish Executive has confirmed that a public inquiry will be held into plans for a 48-turbine wind farm at Fallago Rig in the Lammermuir Hills. Scottish Borders Council has already raised objections to the application by North British Windpower Ltd. At a meeting earlier this year they decided to oppose the scheme - which had been reduced from 64 turbines - by nine votes to three. The council has now to decide how to be represented at the inquiry.
13 Aug 2007

Wind farm image released

Sports car manufacturer Lotus has unveiled an artist's impression of the controversial wind farm planned for its Hethel headquarters. Green energy company Ecotricity is seeking planning consent to build three 120m turbines in the centre of the test track.
11 Aug 2007

Wind turbines ‘arch’ on hold

Plans to create a wind farm as an "iconic landmark" on the banks of the Trent have been withdrawn. The triple-arch design provoked strong opinions from protest groups and residents. Nottingham City Council has withdrawn the application to work on the design and allay concerns.
10 Aug 2007

Plans for nine-turbine wind farm

Berrier Hill Wind Energy Ltd has submitted a planning application to Eden Council to harness the wind energy resource at Berrier Hill, over a mile west of the village. The company is a subsidiary of West Coast Energy Limited and has been set up to develop the wind farm. The planning application is for nine wind turbines to provide clean green electricity for local use.
10 Aug 2007

Protest group formed against turbines plan

Controversial plans to build a windfarm on the hills above Old Hutton are being met with mounting opposition. The proposal for between five and eight turbines, less than two miles from the village, has prompted fears that irreparable damage would be caused to the landscape. Residents are so upset by the prospect of wind blades more than 120m high dominating the skyline they have formed a protest group known as A Blot - an echo of the cult 1980s TV drama, Blott On The Landscape.
10 Aug 2007

Opposition blows up around plans for wind farm

Plans to build a wind farm in an East Herts village have stirred up fierce opposition among local people. R.H. Bott & Sons are looking at developing a three-turbine wind farm on land off High Elms Lane between Watton-At-Stone and Benington. In January the farm was given the go ahead by East Herts District Council to install a 50-metre high anemometer for 12 months to gather wind speed and direction information. Planning proposals for the turbines which would generate wind-powered electricity are likely to be submitted in September.
9 Aug 2007

Impacts of proposed Burnham wind farm discussed at appeal hearing

A government planning inspector was told how a wind farm proposed for the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea would generate noise and other adverse effects on the second day of an appeal hearing into the scheme. A large crowd of supporters and opponents of the project listened to evidence from several speakers at Burnham's Princess Hall as the eight-day appeal hearing continued.
9 Aug 2007

No plans for wind farm public meeting

The chairman of a parish council in a village which is divided over plans to build a wind turbine farm, has said there are no plans at this stage for a public meeting to discuss it. Angry villagers are calling for a public meeting about controversial plans for a wind farm in Marshland St James. Residents are divided over the plans to site wind turbines on farmland near the village. Members of the Fenland Landscape Against Turbines (FLAT) action group set up to fight the proposed farm have accused the parish council of ignoring the wishes of the residents by failing to call a public meeting.
8 Aug 2007

High Court dismisses challenge to Lydd wind farm

The biggest wind farm in the south of England has been given the go ahead. The Court of Appeal has refused an objector the right to challenge the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry's decision to give planning permission for the scheme at Little Cheyne Court, near Lydd, Kent. The High Court judge dismissed an appeal over a previous decision not to allow judicial review proceedings in respect of the planning permission for the wind farm.
8 Aug 2007

An empty gesture

A new proposal for a smaller windfarm off Llandudno's shore has been criticised as an empty gesture by a local preservation group. Energy company npower renewables have been conducting a series of studies and surveys looking at the effects of wind turbines on the natural and human environment around their Gwynt y Mor offshore windfarm development. As a result, further design work has reduced the area where the turbines would be built by 20 per cent, which according to the renewable energy company would mean a significant reduction in the visual impact of the turbines at a number of viewpoints, including views from Conwy Mountain, the Great Orme and several locations along Llandudno promenade.
8 Aug 2007

Windfarm protestors call for local action

Anti-windfarm campaigners are urging the public to protest against what they feel is a threat to the countryside. Keith Goodenough, chairman of GAWP, the Group Against Windfarm Proliferation, who lives at Davidstow, has called on people in the area to stand up and fight windfarm applications.
8 Aug 2007

New group fights wind farm

A protest group is to be formed in Camelford next week to oppose plans for a massive wind farm at Davidstow airfield. A group of residents from the Davidstow area wants to register objections to the scheme, which would constitute the largest wind farm in Cornwall. They are calling for other people who have concerns about the scheme to form a committee to fight it. Under the proposals, a cluster of 20 wind turbines, each 414ft high, will be built at the former RAF airfield at Davidstow.
8 Aug 2007

Offshore wind turbines get the green light

Madrid has passed legislation to allow the installation of offshore wind parks along Spain's 4,000 kilometres of coastline. The move has been enthusiastically applauded by supporters of renewable energies but slammed not only by conservationists who fear the turbines will prove to be a chain of offshore eyesores, but by fishermen as well who are deeply concerned about the effect they will have on the local fishing industry.
8 Aug 2007

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