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Community leaders in North Harris are furious that a plan for three wind turbines that would earn £150,000 a year for local investment is to be delayed by a public inquiry. The inquiry could recommend ministers refuse permission for the 2.5-megawatt development, despite having been approved by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council). Crucially, it is opposed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) because the turbines would be on part of a national scenic area.
Villagers are being invited to go on line to give their views on a proposed wind farm in south Norfolk. SLP Energy is seeking consent to put up a meteorological mast to measure wind speed at the site at Semere Green Lane, Dickleburgh, to find out whether the location is suitable before deciding whether to put in a full planning application. The company is looking to build seven 125m high turbines, with five located to the north of the village and one each in the neighbouring parishes of Pulham St Mary and Pulham Market.
Lord James Joicey runs the 16,000-acre Ford and Etal Estate where more than 30 small businesses operate, most of them heavily reliant on tourism for survival. He went some way down the line of agreeing to have turbines on his land, but withdrew when the full implications of their size and impact on local society became apparent. He was also concerned for the owners of local small businesses. He admits, however, that the income from hosting turbines - around £10,000 a year per unit - would have been welcome.
One couple's plans on hold because of wind farms. How many more local businesses are affected? Businesses heavily reliant on tourism are dismayed at proposals to erect giant wind turbines in north Northumberland. When Nick and Gail Maycock rolled up at the front door of a former pub in Northumberland, they realised straight away it was for them. They were looking for somewhere to run as a B&B and, with their worldly goods and three dogs packed into their Morris Minor, the sight of The Friendly Hound couldn't have been more appropriate. Now, nine years on and £100,000-worth of rebuilding and development later, the couple look out on to the stunning landscape across to Ford Moss Nature Reserve with the threat of staring at 10, 360-foot wind turbines at every turn. "We don't want to see our hard work going down the drain," says Nick. "None of us is opposed to alternative energy sources and we realise we can't keep on going the way we are, but these developers have no interest in local businesses.
Leading countryside organisations have today (Thursday) vowed to continue their campaign to protect the South Downs from a giant wind turbine on Mill Plain, above Glyndebourne. This promise follows the news that Lewes District Council wants to grant permission for an industrial scale wind turbine at Glyndebourne Opera House in the Sussex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
An application for the erection of four 410ft wind turbines on Corrwg Fechan Mountain has been received by the Planning Department of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. Corrwg Fechan is in the heart of the village of Glyncorrwg, where there is great opposition to these highly visible monstrosities being sited. As Chairman of the Glyncorrwg Action Group, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the very many residents of the village who have written to the planning department objecting to this outrageous proposition.
A proposal to site four large wind turbines near an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has sparked a wave of opposition from residents. People living near Lesnewth and Davidstow in North Cornwall have vowed to fight a wind farm on the northern edge of Bodmin Moor.
Controversial plans to site a wind cluster near Milnathort have once again been given the thumbs-down by the local council. An application by John Lawrie Tillyrie Ltd. to erect five turbines just north of the village was first refused almost two years ago by Perth & Kinross Council and is currently the subject of an appeal. At a meeting of the development control committee, it was decided that the council would stick to its guns on the issue.
Fife Council's handling of the Auchtermuchty windfarm application has been criticised by the company behind the plan. EnergieKontor project manager Mick McLoughlin said he found incredible the council's claim it did not have enough information about the proposal. He called Fife "a maverick authority" because it chose not to follow Government guidance on noise in relation to wind turbines published in 1997.
With the odd weather bringing speculation that global warming is showing its ugly effects, environmental awareness is on the up.So should we be welcoming proposals for wind turbines? Not according to artist Christine Lovelock. She said: "Wind power on an industrial scale is not as clean and ‘green' as it is made out to be. There are other, far better ways to do it." Last May Christine undertook a month long walk around Devon and painted various locations of the unspoilt landscapes.
Our experience shows that there is a real noise problem, which can be severe. Unfortunately, it is clear that existing regulations are not adequate to protect people, and until this whole noise phenomenon is better understood and regulated we feel that Councils and wind developers should be exercising the Precautionary Principle. Large wind turbines should not be permitted close to residential areas.
Talks are underway in neighbouring rural parishes following proposals to site two new wind farms either side of the North Devon and North Cornwall border.British wind energy company Coronation Power is looking to build up to six turbines at Wheelers Cross, just over a mile east of Bradworthy - home to North Devon's first wind farm. Meanwhile just over the border in neighbouring Morwenstow, residents are calling for another public debate after power company West Coast Energy appealed against a recent planning decision to refuse an application to build a wind farm at Crimp.
BUSINESSES in north Northumberland rely heavily on tourism - but if plans to site huge wind farms in the area come to fruition, many fear this income may dry up. Alastair Gilmour reports.
Plans have been drawn up for the biggest wind farm in Cornwall, the WMN can reveal. Community Windpower, the company behind the proposal, wants to plant 20 towering turbines in and around Davidstow Woods just outside Camelford, North Cornwall. At more than twice the height of Nelson's Column from base to blade tip, the 414ft monoliths on part of the deserted Second World War airbase would be the tallest in both Devon and Cornwall.
Campaigning villagers are a step closer to victory in their battle to stop four wind turbines being built near their homes. Planning staff at Derbyshire Dales District Council have recommended that permission for the turbines at Carsington be refused - but councillors will have the final say.
Plans to build giant wind turbines at a Dales beauty spot look set to fall at the final hurdle because of their 'visual intrusion'. The proposal for four green-energy generators to power 5,591 homes, has been put forward by Carsington Wind Energy Limited but has met with a number of objections about the chosen location. And now Derbyshire Dales District Council planning officers have recommended that the application for the 335ft tall turbines at Carsington Pastures, two miles west of Wirksworth, should be refused.
After a six month pre-Assembly election moratorium on development, as many as 22 applications for new windfarms are now pending in Powys and anti-windfarm activists are organising themselves to oppose them. Famous TV naturalist Professor David Bellamy visited Mid Wales to give his support to anti-windfarm campaigners in Powys this weekend.
Green energy company Ecotricity has submitted plans to build a wind farm in the centre of the Lotus test track at Hethel. The Norfolk sports car manufacture announced, in April, that it had joined forces with Ecotricity in a drive to minimise its carbon emissions and help combat global warming by producing renewable power on site.
MORE than 700 crofters yesterday vowed to take the battle to keep their land to the courts, in a move to block one of Scotland's biggest proposed wind farms. Crofters on the Galson and Barvas Estates on Lewis said they were stepping up their campaign to thwart the 181-turbine development. The project is currently awaiting a decision by the Scottish Executive. However, whether the scheme goes ahead could finally rest with the Scottish Land Court, as the crofters say they will fight any move to resume croft land to make way for building.
Parish councillors have called a public meeting to discuss proposals for a windfarm in their rural south Norfolk community. Renewable power company SLP Energy is looking to build a total of seven turbines on a site in Semere Green Lane, five of which would be in Dickleburgh, and one each in neighbouring Pulham Market and Pulham St Mary. The site is less than 10 miles from Hempnall, where a similar proposal has sparked fierce opposition from villagers who have launched an action group to oppose the development.