Articles filed under Impact on Landscape from Europe

Europe replaces old wind farms; More power from fewer, bigger turbines

The big challenge, wind developers acknowledge, is modifying site permits that restrict the spacing and height of turbines. Neighbors are often put off by the visual impact of the turbines themselves ...Wind developers face an additional hurdle to repower in Denmark, where legislation going into effect next year will require wind-park operators to compensate residents if wind turbines reduce their property values.
1 Jan 2009

Europe replaces old wind farms; More power from fewer, bigger turbines

The big challenge, wind developers acknowledge, is modifying site permits that restrict the spacing and height of turbines. Neighbors are often put off by the visual impact of the turbines themselves ...Wind developers face an additional hurdle to repower in Denmark, where legislation going into effect next year will require wind-park operators to compensate residents if wind turbines reduce their property values.
1 Jan 2009

Stacks windfarm project to be subject of EU investigation

The EU Environment Commission is to investigate a windfarm development in the Stacks mountains which was at the centre of concerns after a bog slide during heaving rainfall in August. ...Local residents in the Stacks mountains wrote to environment commissioner Stavros Dimas in October to say they were deeply concerned with the manner in which the windfarm at Ballincollig Hill, near Tralee, was being constructed on sensitive bog and to ask that work - which resumed recently - be stopped. The residents said "large tracts of beautiful boglands and rivers" had being damaged in the slide and the nest of a hen harrier, hares and other wildlife disturbed.
22 Dec 2008

Windfarm groups unite to strengthen the voice of Cumbrian protest

Anti-windfarm activists have joined forces to support councillors who fear that a proliferation of developments could undermine Cumbria's economic regeneration. The Strategic Alliance Against Lakeland Wind Turbines (SALT) and Friends of Eden, Lakeland and Lunesdale Scenery (FELLS) are concerned that Cumbria is at a crossroads that could heavily damage the countryside.
12 Dec 2008

Wind farms a risk to wildlife, says trust

Scotland's wildlife habitats are at risk from poorly planned wind farms which can cause as much damage as new housing developments, a leading conservation body warns today. The John Muir Trust has found that the construction of a large scale wind farm, with access roads and cabling trenches, can destroy an area of land the size of 69 international-sized football pitches.
11 Dec 2008

Meetings on major power line plan

The first of three public meetings is taking place about plans for 350, 49ft (15m) tall electricity pylons through rural areas of Powys. The overhead line is planned from a wind farm in Llandinam to a sub-station in Welshpool 22 miles (35km) away, and is needed to meet energy demands. Drop-in sessions and meetings are being held in Dolfor and Kerry, near Newtown.
3 Dec 2008

Wind farm condemned as "slap in the face"

Local Plaid Cymru AM for Aberconwy, Gareth Jones, has described the decision by the Westminster Labour Government to approve the construction of the huge Gwynt y Mor windfarm, off the coast of Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, as a slap in the face and an affront to the democratically-expressed wishes of the people of Wales. ..."The scale of the Gwynt y Mor development cannot be overstated. The 250 turbines will be visible for many miles around.
3 Dec 2008

Giant wind power pylons warning

Hundreds of giant pylons connecting the English border to the Welsh coast will be needed to link huge new wind farms to the National Grid, campaigners warned yesterday. ..."Developers can be given planning consent for the turbines without consideration of the power transmission element, which can also have a huge impact on the environment.
28 Nov 2008

Fighting Over Sun and Wind in Greece

While Greek authorities are taking steps to harness the country's untapped potential in wind and solar energy, and to meet European Union targets on curbing the use of polluting fossil fuels, the residents of Aegean islands are opposing the drive, afraid that towering wind turbines will mar the natural beauty of their communities and offend the tourists on whom they rely.
27 Nov 2008

Heritage agency hits out at attempt to extend windfarm

A bid to extend a controversial windfarm near a historic Banffshire castle has been criticised by Historic Scotland officials and council planning chiefs. ...Historic Scotland had raised concerns that the two turbines would have a "severe" visual impact on the unoccupied castle. ...The proposed turbine would be some 3,700ft from the castle, while the other two would be closer, around 2,600ft away.
24 Nov 2008

Hundreds oppose wind farm plans

Energiekontor Uk Ltd wants to put five 328ft (100m) turbines at Brightenber Hill near Gargrave, Skipton. A 250-strong group of residents have formed Friends of Craven Landscape and are campaigning against the plans. Craven Council has received 600 letters of objection and a 600-signature petition, but its planning committee has been asked to approve the plans.
23 Nov 2008

Wind turbines would need to cover Wales to supply a sixth of country's energy needs

An area the size of Wales would need to be covered in wind turbines to meet just a sixth of the nation's daily energy needs, according to a new study that has cast doubt over the Government's push for wind energy. Professor David MacKay, a physicist at Cambridge University, said ministers would have to look at other forms of alternative energy, like tidal power, if they were to meet their ambitious renewable energy commitments.
22 Nov 2008

Planned wind farm 'will kill the Vale countryside'

The skyline of the Vale of Evesham will be dominated and the countryside killed if a wind farm is built in Lenchwick, a newly-formed group has warned. Vale Villagers Against Scottishpower (VVASP) are urging residents to find our more about the multi-million pound project - which could see up to 10 turbines, each 410 ft (125m) tall built in the Lenchwick area.
20 Nov 2008

Blow for wind farm plan near Yarm

The future of a proposed wind farm is hanging in the balance after a second authority refused permission for the scheme. Developer Broadview Energy wants to build five 125m wind turbines, between Hilton and Seamer, near Yarm. The plans immediately sparked concerns including visual impact, the potential consequences on the surrounding road network and effects to wildlife.
15 Nov 2008

Wind power blights la belle France

When you think of the care that France lavishes on its landscape, it's surprising that so little has been done to control the proliferation of ugly wind farms. Rather belatedly, a small revolt is now brewing against what the opponents see as a state-subsidised racket in the name of sustainable development. ...They [the turbines] may not look too bad in the semi-urban countryside that prevails in the low countries and other parts of northern Europe. But it's sad to see them becoming a menace to the spacious countryside of France. Lets hope that they can put more off shore or develop other renewable sources such as tide and wave power.
12 Nov 2008

Windfarm would be 'disaster' - farmers

Farmers living next to a proposed windfarm in the Valleys say the plans would be a "disaster" for them if it is given the go-ahead. Pennant Wind Energy Ventures Ltd wants to build four 328 ft high turbines on a four-hectare site on Mynydd James mountain at Blaentillery between Cwmtillery and Blaina. ..."I fear that the scheme is unsafe and the area is not suitable for such turbines."
11 Nov 2008

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