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Opposition to Lewis turbines

As someone who lived in Scotland for many years I was absolutely delighted when I read my RSPB "Bird" magazine, and would like to quote an article from this month's August edition entitled Lewis windfarm update: "With the period for comments on the Lewis wind power proposal now closed, we are delighted that the Scottish Executive received almost 11,400 objections and only 59 letters of support. This represents the level of opposition both locally and across the UK to this damaging proposal. "We will continue to press the new Executive to turn down this application or hold a public inquiry to consider the issues in more detail."
7 Aug 2007

RWE npower renewables given go-ahead to proceed with UK wind farm

RWE npower renewables, the green arm of UK utility RWE npower, has been given the go-ahead to proceed with the Little Cheyne Court wind farm in Kent, after the court of appeal refused an objector's right to challenge the UK secretary of state for trade and industry's decision to give planning permission for the scheme. The high court judge dismissed an appeal over a previous decision not to allow judicial review proceedings in respect of the planning permission for Little Cheyne Court wind farm. The 26 turbine project was given government approval in October 2005. The court's decision follows an extensive public inquiry, which finished in January 2005, in which the UK planning inspector recommended that npower renewables's proposal be given the go ahead. The secretary of state for trade and industry concurred.
7 Aug 2007

Council under fire for wind turbine plans

Fife Council has been accused of not protecting residents from a towering wind turbine planned for Methil. The proposal for the 80-metre structure, as part of a £3 million renewable energy development at Methil Energy Park, has generated concerns among a group of residents who fear it will affect their health and reduce the value of their property.
7 Aug 2007

Energy firm’s windfarm support claims rejected

A campaign group has slammed claims by an energy company that wind power is popular. Coronation Power says it has received more than 3,000 letters in support of its proposals for windfarms at Crook Hill near Watergrove Reservoir, Todmorden Moor and Reaps Moss in Bacup. The company believes that public support for the turbines is stronger than the opposition. But this seems not to be the case in Rochdale. The council has received hundreds of letters against plans for 12 125m-high turbines at Crook Hill. This far outweighs the number of letters in support of the planning application.
7 Aug 2007

Wind farm may disrupt radar at RAF base, warns MoD

AIRCRAFT could be put at risk by a proposed new wind farm in the east of Scotland, the Ministry of Defence warned yesterday. The 85-metre turbines, due to be built at Gathercauld, near Ceres in north-east Fife, could cause severe interference to radar signals at RAF Leuchars, it said. The original plans, lodged in 2006, called for 13 wind turbines to be built on the site. A fresh application was submitted in May for a scaled-down wind farm, with five turbines.
7 Aug 2007

Burnham-On-Sea wind farm appeal hearing gets underway

Controversial plans to build a wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea are back in the spotlight this week as Ecotricity, the company behind the plan, launches its bid to overturn the decision to turn down its application. The appeal hearing opened on Tuesday (August 7th) at 10am in Burnham's Princess Hall and now runs for at least the next eight days, but with over 80 documents of information to sift through, some believe it could extend beyond a fortnight.
7 Aug 2007

Skye Windfarm Action Group launches court action against Highland Council

The bitter battle that is being fought over the proposal to build a wind farm at Edinbane, on the Isle of Skye, has stepped up a gear. After several years of deliberation, against the background of a debate that has sharply divided public opinion on the island and further afield, Highland Council granted consent for the 18-turbine development in May. The Skye Windfarm Action Group Limited (SWAG) has moved the battle to a new front: the Court of Session. SWAG is arguing that the planning authority acted unlawfully in granting planning permission and the permission for the wind farm should therefore be quashed.
6 Aug 2007

Romney Marsh go-ahead

The biggest wind farm in the south of England has been given the go-ahead after the Court of Appeal refused to allow a challenge to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry’s decision to give permission for the scheme at Little Cheyne Court, near Lydd, Kent.
6 Aug 2007

Wind farm inquiry set to open

A public inquiry into the proposed wind farm on land in Edithmead gets underway tomorrow (Tuesday). The investigation, which is scheduled to last eight days, is taking place at the Princess in Burnham until Friday, August 17. Ecotricity, the company behind the plans, originally had their application for five wind turbines - each one almost 80m high - at a farm off Stoddens Lane, rejected in August last year. The proposal also included an electricity sub-station, formation of access tracks, hard standing areas, and plans for improvements to vehicle access off Stoddens Lane. It was originally stated that the wind farm would generate the equivalent annual electricity demand of over 10,000 households. However, after receiving 210 letters objecting to the scheme, and only 16 in support, Sedgemoor District Council decided to throw the plans out.
6 Aug 2007

Wind farm appeal set for eight day hearing

A PUBLIC inquiry into a controversial wind farm application will start tomorrow (Tuesday). The inquiry, which is expected to last eight days, is for the proposal to build five wind turbines at a farm off Stoddens Lane, near Brent Knoll. The planning application was originally submitted by Ecotricity. Sedgemoor District Council rejected the proposals in August 2006 after receiving 210 letters of objection, but Ecotricity lodged an appeal against the decision in December. Petitions were also received from campaign group kNOll to Wind Farm and employees of Northam Farm, The Seagull Inn and Three Acres Caravan Park which were all against the proposals. A petition by Families for Clean Energy (FORCE) with 11 signatures was received in support of the scheme.
6 Aug 2007

Still wild at heart

Campaigners against the proposed Greenock windfarm say they are hugely relieved it has been stopped. The Scottish Executive announced on Friday they were refusing Airtricity's £40 million plan to erect 22 turbines at Corlic Hill behind Strone.
6 Aug 2007

Plans to Increase Turbines

WEST Cumbrian residents are furious that plans have been put forward to increase the number of wind turbines from 11 to 40 near their villages. At present, Mellinsus, the company which wants to erect the turbines, does not have planning permission to increase the number of them.But if that changes, then residents of Tallentire, Wardhall, Dearham, Crosby Villa and Prospect could find many more of the 100-metre masts on their doorstep. Campaigns have been launched against the original plans last year. Alan Osliff, of Prospect, is campaign co-ordinator for his village and has written an open letter to landowners in the area, asking them not to collaborate with the company.
4 Aug 2007

‘A victory for democracy’

Plans for a controversial wind farm behind Greenock have been blown away. And protesters hailed the knock-back as victory for local people. The Scottish Executive has rejected Airtricity's £40 million proposal to erect 22 turbines at Corlic Hill behind Strone. Protest group Keep Corlic Wild waged a four-year battle against the 55-megawatt project ..................
4 Aug 2007

£55m wind farm plan is rejected

A proposed £55 million wind farm has been scrapped amid concerns it would impact on Glasgow Airport’s radar system. Airtricity’s plan to build near Greenock was rejected by the Scottish Executive. Officials with the firm said they were “very disappointed” by the decision.
4 Aug 2007

Not in our valley: villagers in protest against ‘horrendous’ wind turbines

They would dwarf the Wallace Monument, tower over Nelson's Column, and even look down on the Statue of Liberty. Now angry residents in Balfron, Stirlingshire, have launched a campaign to stop the 400ft wind turbines being built in their valley. The villagers are fighting plans by Npower Renewables to build nine giant turbines on Ballindalloch Muir, only a mile-and-a-half from their homes.
4 Aug 2007

Britannia’s cruel treatment of the waves

In the blood of every Briton runs at least a little seawater. We sing of the sea, romanticise our maritime heritage and regard the beach holiday as a nationally affirming birthright. Every year we potter in our millions down to the sea with bucket, spade, snorkel, jet-ski, paperback, shark defence kit and inadequate quantities of suncream. Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside; but we have a strange way of showing it. For the past 300 years or so, we have poisoned and plundered the sea; we have destroyed the seabed, killed the fish and bemired the vast oceans with our waste. We wring our hands at the pollution and devastation we have visited on the land, but because we cannot see what is happening beneath the dark waters surrounding this island we somehow assume it will mend itself...........The Bill is not simply some worthy Magna Carta for beleaguered British fish, since it also sets out clear rules for exploiting the sea by fishermen, oil prospectors, dredgers and energy farmers. The Bill will make it far easier to build and operate offshore wind farms, developments to harness wave power, and schemes for storing carbon emissions from power stations in former oilfields. So far from ducking the issue, as successive governments have done, the marine Bill aims to balance competing interests and face up to the inevitable but not insoluble conflict between exploitation and preservation. But in politics, as at sea, the weather changes quickly. The marine Bill, promised in Labour's manifesto of 2005, was expected to become law within a year, but suddenly it seems to have slipped off the political agenda. Gordon Brown did not even mention marine protection in his summer statement, and the marine Bill is not included in his planned legislative programme for next year. The Bill has been kicked into the long seaweed. It is the big one that got away, again.
3 Aug 2007

Wind turbines cause a storm

TEMPERS have flared again in Marshland St James where plans for a massive wind turbine development have rocked the village. More than 100 villagers attended an extraordinary meeting of the parish council on Friday to appoint a new chairman, with the idea of being able to discuss the wind turbine development. However, the subject was unable to be discussed - because it was not on the agenda - leaving villagers incensed.
3 Aug 2007

Revealed: the wind farms and waste dumps that are planned near you

More than 100 controversial developments - from airport extensions to nuclear waste dumps - could be forced through by the Government despite public opposition, it has been claimed. A proposed shake-up of planning laws will strip residents of the right to challenge wind farms, major roads or massive waste incinerators being built on their doorsteps, according to countryside campaigners. The list of projects that could be pushed through over the next few years is highlighted today on a new interactive map of Britain.
3 Aug 2007

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