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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

Wind farm hearing branded 'a shambles'

A PLANNING hearing into a £90 million wind farm in east Sutherland this week ended up mired in confusion. Doubt and uncertainty surrounded the outcome of the hearing at Brora's Royal Marine Hotel on Tuesday into a 35-turbine development on hill ground owned by the Tyser family at Gordonbush Estate, Strath Brora. Disgruntled wind farm opponents have slated the meeting as shambolic and a total farce.
29 Jun 2007

342 object to windfarm, but council officials to urge approval

Scottish Borders Council's new planning committee faces a daunting task when a controversial wind farm application comes up for determination. Despite 342 objections being submitted, elected members will be asked by their own officials to approve the £6million 10-turbine development at Langhope Rig, four miles west of Ashkirk, on Monday. It will be one of the first major windfarm applications to come before the council since it rejected a similar development at Halkburn near Galashiels in 2005.
28 Jun 2007

United opposition to Coldingham wind farm plan

The people of Coldingham are united in their opposition to a windfarm which has been earmarked for the area. PM Renewables have proposed the development of a 22 turbine wind farm at Drone Hill on Coldingham Moor, although their application has not been met with a warm response from locals. The farm of turbines, each measuring 76 metres in height, will stand either side of the A1107 road across the cliff tops if the development is given the green light by Scottish Borders Council's Planning Committee. Both Coldingham Community Council and Coldingham Stop The Turbines Action Group (STAG) have made their thoughts and feelings clear on the matter and hosted numerous meetings and sent dozens of letters to make their voices heard.
28 Jun 2007

Council set to oppose Auchtermuchty windfarm

Fife Council will be advised to oppose the controversial Auchtermuchty windfarm project when it considers the application for the first time today (Friday). Today's planning committee meeting in Glenrothes will hear the application does not include enough information about the windfarm's effect on nearby residents. This development comes as all parties involved in the proposal are starting to prepare for a public local inquiry by the Scottish Executive.
28 Jun 2007

Ill wind blows for new turbine plan

PROPOSALS to erect wind turbines may receive a mixed reaction from village residents. R.H. Bott & Sons is currently looking at developing a wind farm, which would house three turbines, on land north of the A602, south east of Aston and south west of Benington. Its studies show that the site is viable, but before putting in an application it wants to gauge public opinion. An exhibition is being held at Benington Village Hall on July 7 between 11am and 4pm.
28 Jun 2007

MEP’s anti-wind farm visit

SUPPORT for a campaign to stop a wind farm on the moors above Bacup and Todmorden is gathering pace with a visit from a Euro MP. Sir Robert Atkins MEP and Conservative prospective parlia-mentary candidate Jake Berry, will visit the Reaps Moss site today to show their opposition to the plans.
27 Jun 2007

Power firm eyes Diss wind farm

A renewable power company is considering building a seven-turbine windfarm in a rural location near Diss. South Norfolk Council is consulting parish and district councillors on the proposal from SLP Energy to develop a site at Semere Green Lane, Dickleburgh and adjoining land in neighbouring Pulham St Mary and Pulham Market. Kerry Bradfield, spokesman for Lowestoft-based SLP, stressed that it is very early days, and the first step is to find out how much wind is generated at the site.
27 Jun 2007

Wind farm plan axed

Norfolk villagers were celebrating last night after learning that plans to build a massive wind farm near their village had been scrapped. Householders in Congham had set up an action group after they learned a major electricity supplier had shown an interest in building up to 26, 110m turbines on farmland off the B1153. But now the action group has been told by the landowner, Michael Mason, that the project will not be going ahead,
27 Jun 2007

Directors to outline windfarm plans to Udny residents

Details of a planned windfarm on the doorstep of Aberdeen will be outlined to residents at an open exhibition near the proposed site this week. London-based Broadview Energy will host a 6pm to 9pm session at Cultercullen Primary School at Udny on Thursday, outlining its scheme for construction of three 334ft-high turbines at nearby Hill of Fiddes.
26 Jun 2007

Campaigners show impact of windfarm

Campaigners against a proposed windfarm set out to prove that their concerns were not hot air at the weekend by launching a helium-filled "blimp" into the south Norfolk skies. Members of Stop Hempnall's Onshore Wind Turbines (SHOWT) flew the 20ft long airship shaped balloon to highlight the scale of the proposed seven turbine site, north east of the village. The demonstration comes as Diss-based developer Enertrag UK aims to submit plans in the autumn for the windfarm in the Tas Valley, which will stand 130ft tall.
25 Jun 2007

Company wins wind-farm appeal

Gwyddelwern residents will be living under the shadow of wind turbines after a renewable energy company won a planning appeal. Tegni Cymru Cyf has won an appeal to construct five turbines at Wern Ddu, on the outskirts of the village.
23 Jun 2007

Destructive wind is out of control

Well now we have it, a local landscape destroyed, wind developers sensing embracement, support, and easy pickings, banging on the planning door, and a council in denial that this local wind rush was not only started by them, turbines are out of control, and they can no longer contain this rural industrial carnage, after all how can you reject what you claim is a "positive contribution" that you fully "support and embrace".
22 Jun 2007

More turbines planned for area

Scaled-down plans were unveiled yesterday for another controversial wind farm development in a scenic area of Highland Perthshire. Northumberland-based energy giant AMEC are expected to lodge proposals this summer to erect 14, 107-metre high turbines on Findowie Hill, between Dunkeld and Amulree. The land forms part of Mansfield Estates. The original idea was to construct 40 of the giant turbines.
22 Jun 2007

Wind farm ‘a threat to our airport’

Southend Airport has raised serious objections to plans to build a new wind farm - even though the turbines would be nearly 15 miles to the north. Aviation experts say a wind farm next to the defunct nuclear power station, at Bradwell, could raise air traffic control issues and might even interfere with radar. Airport managing director Alistair Welch raised the concerns at a public inquiry which is being held in Maldon.
22 Jun 2007
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