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Planners have moved to block an “objectionable” large-scale windfarm straddling the spectacular landscape between Angus and Perthshire. Saddle Hill (Black Hill) windfarm was to straddle Glen Isla with 14 turbines.
The Mynydd y Gwynt Wind Farm has been refused development consent by the Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
They said that despite the benefits of renewable energy, the negative elements of the application were not outweighed by any "special circumstances" in its favour. Their report states: "The proposed wind turbine would represent an encroachment of inappropriate development into the Green Belt that would have a harmful effect on the openness of the Green Belt.
The energy minister Andrea Leadsom has refused planning permission for four major onshore wind farms in Mid Wales in a set of decision letters issued this week.
Plans to expand the Scout Moor wind farm by more than half have been recommended for approval by planning officers - despite opposition from the Ministry of Defence.
It's now emerged the Irish Wind Energy Association has warned the Taoiseach that projects in his own constituency of Mayo will be jeopardised if the current set-back standard is changed.
“Ministers have been clear that onshore wind energy developments should only get the go-ahead if it is supported by local people through local and neighbourhood plans. Developers will continue to have the right to appeal planning decisions, But any appeal would have to take into account this clear requirement for local backing.”
Residents are to be handed powers to stop onshore wind farms being built, ministers will announce today. The Tories have vowed to ‘halt the spread’ of unsightly turbines by preventing wind farms from being ‘imposed on communities without consultation or public support’.
Britain on Wednesday confirmed plans to give local authorities the planning consent power for onshore wind farms but said it would announce measures to end subsidies separately. Britain's Queen Elizabeth outlined the new government's agenda in a speech on Wednesday.
Proposals have been submitted to Rossendale and Rochdale councils by the Scout Moor Wind Farm Expansion Limited (SMWFEL), a joint venture between Peel Energy and United Utilities to expand the existing 26-turbine development to 42 turbines.
In this case, the claimant, Andrew Joicey, argued six grounds for overturning the planning approval of a 100kilowatt wind turbine. Primary among the complaints was that the planning council did not provide public access to the turbine noise assessment report until a day before the hearing where approval was granted. Complaints were also issued over whether the council properly considered the cumulative impact of noise from a neighboring wind project. The count agreed with Mr. Joicey and overturned the approval. This is the third time the court overturned a planning decision approving this turbine. The decision can be accessed by clicking the links on this page. The introduction of the decision is provided below.
An open floor hearing on the proposed Navitus Bay Wind Park, hosted by the Planning Inspectorate. Jeopardising the Jurassic Coast's World Heritage status and posing a risk to navigation were among the concerns raised today about the proposed Navitus Bay Wind Park development.
Green energy developer Banks Renewables says it is considering its options after a planning application to allow a test wind mast to stay on the site of a potential windfarm site at Killington was rejected by South Lakeland District Council.
Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) has little regard for large wind turbines even if he always stressed to stand fully behind the energy turnaround. ...the Bavarian cabinet blessed a private bill on energy policy stating that the future minimum distance between wind turbines to residential homes in Bavaria is to be ten times the total height of the turbines.
Minister of State for Planning Jan O’Sullivan has used her powers to direct Westmeath County Council to remove restrictions on wind farm developments in its county development plan, which was adopted in January. Under the plan, wind farm developers would have been required to implement a setback distance for new turbines from houses of 10 times the overall height of the turbine.
Research by the Conservative Party reveals that Aberdeenshire had the highest amount of applications since March last year (428), followed by Highland (376) and Orkney (371). Council staff handling the 2,508 bids will have processed an average of almost seven applications every working day in the last year and half.
A government inspector has given the go-ahead to a giant meteorological mast on green belt land in South Tyneside. Now there are fears that the 50-metre structure will lead to the creation of a wind farm near the Fellgate Estate in Jarrow. South Tyneside Council's planning committee had rejected the application after a 200-name petition was submitted against it. But the applicant appealed.
Alex Salmond has set a target of generating the equivalent of all Scotland's electricity from renewable sources by 2020 but has produced no calculations for the numbers of onshore wind farms required to meet this. ...Scottish Borders Council warned that turbines had got taller since existing planning policies were drawn up and "there is now a real prospect of wind-farm dominated landscapes being created over wide areas."
The Conservatives are warning that the Scottish Government's green energy drive has seen ministers "bully councils into accepting the advances" of developers. Critics say many wind farm companies are lodging "speculative" applications, as planning fees for turbines in Scotland are considerably cheaper than those in England.
The Government must add greater weight to its promise to let local people fight their corner. The Planning Inspectorate has approved nine out of 14 wind turbine proposals that were opposed by local people