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Darwen's MP says he is delighted that plans to erect a wind turbine on land near Bull Hill have again been turned down by planning officers. ...It was the fourth time a variation of the planning application had been submitted to Blackburn with Darwen Council.
The application comes after Mr Bott's six-year battle to bring wind power to Hertfordshire were effectively curtailed in November after a public enquiry dismissed the appeal against East Herts Council's decision.
Michael Fallon will shortly publish planning protections and proposals for a scheme of community "payments" for residents who agree to allow wind turbines near their homes. ...He also warned that he would not tolerate some areas being "swamped" by applications for wind farms. Several councils have been frustrated in their attempts to block such developments and have faced multi-million-pound legal bills.
"In this case, local people, the parish council, the district council, the local county councillor and local MP don't want the wind farm. Local opinion should carry significant weight or we create a democratic deficit."
Scores of concerned residents attended a public meeting in Thorney this evening (April 25) over controversial proposals for a wind farm near the village. The Thorney Landscape Protection Group had called the meeting in opposition to plans for eight wing turbines, 126.5m high, at Gores Farm, in Whittlesey Road, Thorney.
A planning application for two wind turbines near Olveston has received an unprecedented amount of objections. Campaigners are highlighting the 594 letters sent to South Gloucestershire Council's planning department complaining about the size and proximity to houses of the turbines.
Richard Crawford, the party leader, said the party would fight for a moratorium on wind farms, pending an independent commission on renewable energy. ...over 40% of households are struggling to pay their energy bills. We want to stop the destructive energy policy that is ruining Scotland and will destroy tourism."
Three more wind turbines between Tetney and North Thoresby would destroy the beauty of the view of the Lincolnshire coast, planners agreed. Planners overwhelmingly rejected plans by Partnership for Renewables (Louth Canal) Limited for three turbines, measuring more than 110 metres high, at Fen Lane, North Thoresby, to protect the rural landscape.
"The IFA have abandoned rural communities with their unbridled backing for giant wind farms across large tracts of the West and the Midlands. Before it is too late, the IFA should also take the opportunity to revisit its tacit support for selected landowners to sign up secretive contracts with wind farm companies, which are imposing dubious confidentiality clauses and promising the sun, moon and stars in return for land rights and options".
Donald Trump has hired one of Scotland's top legal planning experts to lead his court challenge against the Scottish Government's decision to grant the go-ahead to the "monstrous" offshore wind farm planned off the coast of his Aberdeenshire golf resort.
EU carbon permit prices have collapsed as the Continent's economic crisis curbs energy demand. Utilities and industrial firms have less need to emit CO2 above their statutory limits. Total emissions in the EU fell by nearly 10% between 2007-2011, according the most recent data. The low price of carbon allowances is good for consumers who don't have to absorb the extra regulatory cost in what they pay for energy.
Wind farm developers are facing a dramatic escalation of opposition from dozens of MPs who say they will fight every application in their constituencies.
Rhona Weir, now in her 90s, accused developers of defacing the Kilpatrick Hills beside the house she shared with her husband, who shot to fame presenting outdoor TV programme Weir's Way in the late 1970s. However, her stance has put her at odds with others in the local community.
Italian police on Wednesday said they had seized assets worth 1.3 billion euros ($1.7 billion) from a Sicilian renewable energy developer in the biggest ever seizure of mafia-linked assets. The assets, including 43 wind and solar energy companies, 98 properties and 66 bank accounts, belonged to Vito Nicastri, a 57-year-old businessman dubbed the "Lord of the Wind".
Italy made its biggest confiscation of mafia assets in history on Wednesday, including dozens of alternative energy companies worth a total of 1.3 billion euros, police said. A court in Trapani on the island of Sicily ordered the definitive confiscation of assets first seized in 2010 from Vito Nicastri, a 57-year-old businessman, who was deemed a front man for the Sicilian mafia, known as Cosa Nostra.
"We thought we would be attending an informative planning meeting that would discuss the proposed wind turbine for Tetchill. Instead we got an advert for turbines and renewable energy. I was absolutely disgusted."
The row over subsidies for the UK's new nuclear power stations has deepened after it emerged that the £160m-a-year cost of accommodating the giant reactors on the national electricity grid will be borne by all generators, including renewable energy providers.
Mr Trump had previously vowed not to complete his golf development at the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire - which is due to include a second course and five star hotel - if the wind farm was built claiming it would spoil views from his course.
Mr Trump threatened legal action to halt the wind test centre. "I built a masterpiece. I don't want to see it destroyed by windmills. Windmills are going to be the death of Scotland and even England if they don't do something about them. They are ruining the countryside," he said.
Dr Sam Gardner, senior climate change policy officer at WWF Scotland, said: "Giving the go-ahead to this offshore wind test centre is the right decision, demonstrating that no amount of bluster from US billionaires such as Donald Trump will hold Scotland back from becoming a cleaner, greener, job-creating nation."