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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PARIS (Thomson Financial) - Renewable energy company Voltalia said it plans to build a new 44 megawatts wind farm in France, developed by Anelia, a joint venture of Voltalia and Anemos.
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.
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.
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,
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.
A massive Lothians wind farm is set to grow after proposals for nine additional turbines were lodged with Scottish ministers. Crystal Rig wind farm in the Lammermuir Hills has already been granted permission to triple in size in the next two years.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
Members of Halkirk District Community Council have voted against the proposed wind farm at Spittal Hill and agreed that a leaflet should be prepared setting out some of the issues surrounding the £83 million venture. The 30-turbine scheme planned by Spittal Hill Windfarm Ltd, a company set up by brothers Tom and Steven Pottinger, was discussed at the community council's latest meeting. It was agreed by 4-2 that a letter should be sent to the Scottish Executive opposing the application on the grounds of close proximity to inhabited residences; potential noise problems; and cumulative effect.
A £35 million wind farm has been given the go-ahead at an Amman Valley beauty spot, despite some 500 objections. Carmarthenshire Council planners approved an application from Cambrian Renewable Energy for 16 turbines on Mynydd y Betws. each standing at 110 metres. The move comes despite calls by Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP Adam Price for a moratorium on wind farm developments in Carmarthenshire.
The stillness of the three wind turbines at Grimshader in Lewis has a perfectly good explanation, it has emerged this week: they are not switched on. Some Lewis residents have been using the ‘Gazette' letters page to point out that while the turbines turn some days, others they do not - and it seems that the strenght of the wind has little to do with this. "Is it me, or does anyone else wonder why the three windmills on the Grimshader road don't appear to work?" asked Alastair Fraser. "Enough power to boil several electric kettles is being wasted. Perhaps we don't have the right kind of wind up here." However, Iain MacIver of the Stornoway Trust has confirmed to the ‘Gazette' that the turbines are often switched off - because the National Grid is ‘problematic'. Mr MacIver contends that the Western Isles portion of the grid is not strong enough to make the turbines useful.
The views of almost 450 objectors to another massive windfarm could be ignored by Highland councillors next week at a special hearing into Scottish and Southern Energy's proposals for a scheme near Brora in Sutherland. The power firm wants to build 35 turbines, each 350ft high - more than twice the height of Nelson's Column - on leased land within the Gordonbush Estate, northwest of the coastal town. It is barely a mile from a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Protection Area, Special Area of Conservation and a Ramsar (UN protected wetlands) site.