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Wind farm developers look to Holyrood after SBC lands blow

A costly public inquiry is set to determine the fate of a controversial wind farm development near Ashkirk. It follows the decision of Monday's meeting of Scottish Borders Council's planning committee to reject by seven votes to four the proposal for 10 giant turbines in the scenic Ale Valley. Applicants Airtricity immediately announced its disappointment at the outcome and its intention to lodge an appeal with the Scottish Executive. The prospect of the inquiry and the strong likelihood that Holyrood planning mandarins - committed to hitting renewable energy targets - will give the bid the go-ahead was acknowledged on Monday.
5 Jul 2007

Peace breaks out at Assynt as windfarm plan ‘goes cold’

The community group behind a controversial windfarm plan in Sutherland announced the scheme had been "put in the deep freeze" just hours before what was expected to be a heated public meeting on the subject. Assynt Foundation acquired the picturesque Drumrunie and Glencanisp Estates in Sutherland and Wester Ross for £2.9million in a community buy-out two years ago. But local people were divided over the foundation's decision to conduct a feasibility study into a community windfarm project, which could have resulted in three to six turbines being erected on Glencanisp Estate. Assynt Community Council called a public meeting and was planning to conduct a postal ballot to establish whether the community wanted the foundation to proceed with the windfarm concept. However, the Assynt Foundation presented the council with a surprise statement shortly before the public meeting was due to start on Tuesday evening. The statement from foundation development manager, Mark Lazzeri, said: "There is no current work in progress on any wind turbine proposal.
5 Jul 2007

Public meeting over wind farm

MAWDSLEY residents are urged to attend a public meeting on Wednesday over plans for a wind farm. It comes after a new application was submitted by Damian Culshaw, who withdrew his previous application at the end of last year. The fresh application is now under consideration by Chorley Borough Council, and if approved would see the erection of three wind turbines up to 260 feet high on Mawdsley Moss. Mawdesley Parish Council will be meeting next Wednesday (July 11) at 7.30pm.
5 Jul 2007

‘We’ll increase our efforts now’

CAMPAIGNERS have pledged to increase their efforts to stop proposals for five new wind farms becoming a reality. The South Wales Alternative To Turbines (Swatt) group said it had been encouraged by the scrapping of a proposed scheme for 14 turbines near Gilfach Goch in Rhondda Cynon Taf. A spokesman for renewable energy company Gamesa Energy UK, who were behind the plan, said today: "We have decided it is not feasible at the moment. But it is an area we would like to develop in.
5 Jul 2007

Diving a potential £2M boost to Berwickshire tourism

There's been mixed news for tourism in Berwickshire this week - while one plan looks set to boost the economy another development is threatening to do the exact opposite............Things aren't looking as promising for the residents of Coldingham Moor. As reported in last week's Berwickshire News, they are becoming increasingly worried about what repercussions the proposed windfarm for Drone Hill could have for them. The development is the brainchild of PM Renewables and if their application is given the green light by Scottish Borders Council's Planning Department later this summer, 22 76 metre high turbines could soon be standing on either side of the A1107 across the cliff tops. Both Coldingham Community Council and Coldingham STAG have voiced their concerns over negative side effects for the local tourism industry and a recent survey by Visit Scotland has confirmed their suspicions. Results pointed to the fact that 26 per cent of people questioned wouldn't visit a place with a windfarm in its vicinity.
4 Jul 2007

Plea to calm windfarm fears

A row has erupted over accusations that an isolated stretch of coast in Holderness is in danger of being swamped by windfarms. Residents have been campaigning for more than a year against proposals to build three separate windfarms, with a total of 21 turbines - some 400ft from the base to the tip of the blades - which they fear could form "a ring of steel" around the Holderness village of Roos. The applications will be probably heard together, but not until the autumn, in part because of outstanding objections from the Ministry of Defence about potential interference, in two of the proposals, with the radar at Staxton Wold.
4 Jul 2007

Wind farm 'should be turned down' - say constultants

A WIND farm proposed on the moors above Bacup would blight the countryside, harm recreation and should be turned down, according to an independent report. Landscape consultants Julie Martin Associates, commissioned by Rossendale Council, said that the proposed wind farm at Reaps Moss, Britannia, would significantly affect the special open character, visual amenity and recreational experience' of the area.
4 Jul 2007

Backing for fight against turbines

A top common land campaign group is fighting plans to develop a £35 million wind farm on Betws Mountain. Carmarthenshire Council has approved an application from Cambrian Renewable Energy Eco 2 for 16 turbines, each standing at 110 metres. Nearly 500 people objected to the application. Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Henley-on-Thames-based Open Spaces Society, said: "There are so many objections from local people that the Welsh Assembly should refuse planning permission.
4 Jul 2007

Turbines ‘would blight the land’

Building any more turbines on the hilltops around Todmorden would blight the countryside and harm leisure opportunities, according to landscape consultants. Coronation Power wants to put five turbines on Todmorden Moor and others on nearby hilltops in the area around Walsden, Rochdale and Rossendale, which they say will help generate clean and sustainable energy, and tackle the harmful effects of climate change. But Julie Martin Associates, recruited by councils affected by the proposed developments, has recommended the three plans are rejected because of their visual impact, especially those at Crook Hill, near Walsden. "The windfarm would cause major harm to the key characteristics and integrity of this sensitive and highly valued landscape because it would be out of scale, would tend to dominate key views and important skylines and would adversely affect the area's openness, wildness and tranquillity," they state.
3 Jul 2007

Fate of controversial wind-farm project to rest on secret ballot

A SECRET ballot will decide whether a wind farm will be built on a picturesque Highland estate which was bought by the community. The project has already caused a divide among residents, with some arguing community-owned turbines would generate valuable income to help regenerate the area, but others saying it would harm the unspoilt scenery. A public meeting will be held tonight in Lochinver in Sutherland to outline the project and the ballot of 2,000 residents will be held within three weeks to determine the level of support.
3 Jul 2007

Plan in pipeline to extend wind farm

PROPOSALS that could see Burton Wold wind farm almost double in size are to be unveiled to residents this week. Although a formal application for the project is still to be lodged with Kettering Council, landowners the Beaty family, is considering extending the existing wind farm by up to seven more turbines. It already has 10.
3 Jul 2007

Council rejects turbines scheme

Councillors have rejected plans for a 10-turbine wind farm near Ashkirk in the Scottish Borders. Airtricity had wanted to build the development at Langhope Rig off the B711 road. Council officials had recommended the plans be approved with a list of 35 detailed conditions. Development control councillors voiced concerns over the visual impact of the plan. An Airtricity spokesman said the firm was "extremely disappointed".
2 Jul 2007

Turbines generate objections

Plans for a wind farm with turbines taller than Big Ben sparked a mixed reaction from people living near the site. Pictures of the proposed energy development at Hill of Fiddes in Udny were shown to the public at a meeting in Cultercullen Primary School. But Broadview Energy's proposals for four large turbines received a mixed response.
30 Jun 2007

Report slams ‘blight’ of windfarm proposal

Building a windfarm near Littleborough would blight the landscape and harm leisure opportunities. That is the verdict of an independent report commissioned by Rochdale, Calderdale, Lancashire and Rossendale councils to look at Coronation Power's proposals to build 12 125m-high turbines at Crook Hill. Authors North Yorkshire-based Julie Martin Associates examined the landscape and visual consequences of the scheme. They recommend the plans are rejected.
30 Jun 2007

Planning policy is out of control

Your front page article on the proposal for more wind turbines in Fenland does indeed raise some serious questions for our local planning authority. Since the planning acts came into being in 1947, our local planning authority has, in the main, been successful in resisting developments in the countryside which would harm the visual amenity and special character of the Fenland landscape. However, when proposals for the gigantic wind turbines came about, it appeared to ignore all its previous policies for retaining the special character of our landscape and with no special policies for controlling both the number and siting of these massive turbine structures, it has given the turbine developers a free hand to develop wherever they wish.
29 Jun 2007

Beauly Denny inquiry to proceed

Scottish Ministers, having considered legal submissions submitted to the Beauly Denny Public Inquiry, on behalf of Eilean Aigas Estate, Highlands before Pylons and Scotland before Pylons, and the Beauly Denny Landscape Group (BDLG), together with the further submissions on behalf of Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Ltd and Scottish Powers Transmission Ltd, have decided that the inquiry will proceed at present on the agreed timetable. The inquiry is into the proposed route for the 400,000 volts (400kV) overhead electricity transmission line which will replace the existing 132,000 volts (132kV) transmission line between Beauly, west of Inverness, and Denny, west of Falkirk.
29 Jun 2007
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