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The company preparing to build Suffolk's first wind farm has won permission to install more powerful turbines - but is set to face an appeal by opponents to the plans. Following a three-hour meeting, Suffolk Coastal District Council's development control committee has granted Your Energy permission to increase the length of the rotor blades at the planned Parham wind farm, near Framlingham. This means the six turbines will generate 25% more electricity. The No Wind Farm at Parham (NOWAP) protest group, however, has claimed the decision is "illegal".
Finally a vote was called for and the Chairman asked for those in favour of the project to raise their hands. Not surprisingly no one did! When asked for any abstentions by those who wished to explore the circumstances further, 10 voted leaving some 250 + against the proposals. A massive and overwhelming majority. What came from the meeting was the fact that it was important to maintain sustained pressure upon all those in the decision making process - Council Officers, Councillors and Committees by every individual at the meeting. Taking into account that ALL departments/committees will be involved in the process not only "Planning" but also "Highways", "Environment" etc.
Councillors in Swaffham have set up a working group to examine the evidence for and against wind turbines before establishing the town's policy towards them. The move was prompted by plans for new windfarms in and around the town that could take the total number of turbines in the Swaffham area to more than 20. Most of the town councillors will sit on the group, which will take into account views expressed by interested parties such as the Stop Turbines Action Group and any pro-wind energy lobby in the area.
A public hearing over plans for a proposed wind farm at Morwenstow is to take place following demands from protesters.The Planning Inspectorate has agreed to the hearing after power company West Coast Energy appealed against the decision to refuse an application to build a wind farm at Crimp. North Cornwall councillors went against planning officers' recommendations and turned down plans by the company to build three 81-metre (260ft) turbines near the coastal village. One of the reasons for refusal was the "unacceptable visual impact" of the wind farm, which would have a cumulative effect with Forest Moor in Bradworthy, home to North Devon's first wind farm. Members of campaign group, Morwenstow Against Turbines - MAT - were concerned the appeal would be decided through written representations only and have welcomed a public hearing.
"Delay in linking new wind farms and other forms of clean electricity to the national grid is one of the main obstacles to achieving the UK's renewable energy aims", Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks said today as he launched a joint BERR/Ofgem review of the issue. The Transmission Access Review will recommend changes to the overall framework that will better deliver the connection of renewable generation, taking into account the potential for reduced carbon emissions, cost to the consumer and the impact on security of supply. The time needed to make the essential investments in infrastructure means that many schemes have projected connection dates years from now.
An energy company's plans to build three 262ft wind turbines have been put on hold. Councillors on the Formartine area committee have delayed deciding the application until they have visited the site, at Mains of Hatton, Kirktown of Auchterless, near Turriff. The committee heard that 20 letters of objection had been received to the proposal, highlighting concerns about property values and the impact on bird life. Part of the electricity generated would be used to support Grampian Country Foods. The councillor for Turriff and district, Anne Robertson, said there were "too many ifs, buts and maybes and not enough firm evidence about some of the issues".
A petition has been launched amid a rising tide of anger against plans to build four giant wind turbines in the midst of two scenic communities. People in shops and post offices in Ormesby St Margaret and Hemsby have put their names to a petition against the development which opponents say will destroy the landscape and disturb wildlife and neighbours.
Local residents are up in arms over threats to develop new windfarms in Powys. A group of householders from Aberdw, Erwood and surrounding areas joined a demonstration in Cefn Coch, Montgomeryshire at the beginning of the month to express their opposition to the proposed sites, which would potentially affect local sites at Pentre Tump, New Radnor and another site adjacent to Radnorshire's north border. Aberdw artist and Powys Ramblers President David Bellamy joined his namesake, famed Envorinmentalist Professor David Bellamy at the 150-strong demonstration, along with fellow residents including Erwood Craft Centre's Alan Cunningham and Angela Kelly from Llandeilo Graban.
An action group was launched last night to fight controversial proposals to build seven 125ft high wind turbines on the former Pulham Airfield site. Hundreds of residents packed into Dickleburgh for a public meeting called by the parish council to learn more about the proposal, with dozens more left standing outside. And there was fierce criticism that developer, Lowestoft-based SLP Energy had declined an invitation to attend.
A bid by a North-east community to have a 131ft high wind measuring device removed has failed. Stoneyhill Waste Management was given planning permission for a further two year's positioning of the anemometer at North Aldie, Cruden Bay. The device has been in place for more than six years.
Coldingham STAG (Stop the Turbines Action Group) says building a wind farm on Coldingham Moor could put lives at risk due to the threat to aviation safety. It is calling on Scottish Borders Council to reject a planning application by PM Renewables to build 22 wind turbines due to the possible radar interference and also the risk to low flying planes.
The Assembly is being asked to step in over plans for six new wind turbines in south Carmarthenshire. Councillors approved an application to build the turbines near an existing wind farm at Pendine last week. Windfarm campaigner Caroline Evans, a co-ordinator for the protest group Carmarthenshire Against Rural Turbines, said they have demanded the Assembly call in the application. She said: "I think this will have a massive impact on the landscape."
A group of residents protesting against wind farms in North Cornwall defiantly claimed this week: "We're nimby and proud of it."The ‘not in my back yard' comment came from district councillor Keith Goodenough, who heads the Group Against Windfarm Proliferation (GAWP). He went on: "We don't object to creating electricity by the wind, but we have got enough turbines in Cornwall."
Residents of Syderstone are to go to the polls next month to have their say on controversial proposals to build a five wind turbine farm on agricultural land close to their community. Syderstone Parish Meeting has called for the referendum on the possible development of the wind farm at Chiplow in the neighbouring parish of Bagthorpe with Barmer, adjacent to the Syderstone parish boundary. The question being asked of the registered electors of the parish will be: "Do you want a Wind Farm at Chiplow, close to Syderstone village?". There is a simple "yes" or "no" answer. The poll will be on August 16 at the Amy Robstart village hall at The Street, Syderstone.
Energy company E.ON UK has announced it will be reducing the number of turbines at its proposed Dungavel Wind Farm from 14 to 13. The company says that it has also agreed to alter its plans to put the grid connection to the wind farm underground. A spokesman for the company said the design changes have been made in response to concerns raised by the local community and would result in an increase in the distance between properties and the nearest turbine.
Plans which could lead to the development of an energy park and wind farm on a former Ministry of Defence airfield look set to be approved this week. Last month East Northamptonshire Council turned down plans to convert buildings at the old Chelveston airfield for the generation of electricity through the use of palm oil. The project had been opposed by nearly 600 people. But the district council is expected to approve plans tomorrow to allow landowners Chelveston Renewable Energy Limited to continue using a mast at the airfield to monitor wind speeds for the second year in a row. Energy park protesters fear this could lead to the creation of a wind farm at the site.
Plans to extend a wind farm at Pendine have been given the go ahead by Carmarthenshire councillors. The planning committee approved an application to build and operate six wind turbines at Parc Cynog Farm, Castle Lloyd Farm and Westmead Farm, Pendine. Planning policy liaison officer David Poulter told the committee that there were already five turbines at the site and proposals for another six. There was increased urgency on the part of the Government to generating energy from renewable sources.
A giant wind turbine twice the height of the Transporter Bridge is planned for Teesside. The turbine would be built at Dabholm Road, Grangetown by supermarket chain Asda and would be used to power a depot they have at the site. It would stand 417ft tall from the base to the tip of the blade. That would tower over the 180ft Transporter Bridge and the 230ft Centre North East building in Middlesbrough, which is the largest office block in the area. The turbine would dwarf even the large turbines visible from the A19 near Hart north of Hartlepool which are about 200ft high. Asda bosses are hoping to put a planning application before Redcar and Cleveland Council in October, but would first like to consult local residents on the plans. The project is expected to cost the company in the region of £2.5m.
Is it right that a small number of people should make substantial financial gain from development that impacts so greatly on their neighbours and the surrounding landscape? Is it right that the Council should permit it? I think not, but your readers should judge for themselves as it is very likely that this type of development will be before the planning department very soon again.
A company has defended plans for wind turbines on Calderdale's border. Planning applications have been submitted to Rossendale, Rochdale and Calderdale.