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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.
Hundreds of people living in rural Aberdeenshire have expressed their fears - and their hopes - about mutimillion-pound controversial plans to construct six 300ft-high wind turbines near their homes. There are five separate applications, from a group calling themselves the Methlick Farmers, and each has attracted more than 400 representations - almost evenly split between letters of support and objections. Now councillors on the Formartine area committee have the task of deciding whether or not to give the plans the go-ahead.
Proposals for nine additional wind turbines at Crystal Rig wind farm in the Lammermuirs, where operators already have consent to double the size of the development, were lodged with Scottish ministers last week. Natural Power Consultants, on behalf of operators Fred Olson Renewables Ltd, intend that the nine turbines, if approved, will be constructed alongside the 52 turbines that were given the green light in 2005 and are scheduled to be built in 2009. There are currently 25 wind turbines at Crystal Rig.
The watchdog responsible for protecting historic buildings says it has concerns about the impact of a wind farm proposal on a grade-one listed church. English Heritage is objecting both to a 180ft windspeed measuring mast being erected and the building of a seven-turbine farm between Tunstall and Hilston on Yorkshire's East Coast, close to the nine-centuries-old All Saints' Church.
Plans for a series of wind farms which would result in 26 giant turbines being erected in north Northumberland should be scaled down, according to a long-awaited report by independent consultants. Protest groups have been set up to oppose the controversial bids for three separate wind farms south and west of Berwick at Moorsyde, Barmoor and Toft Hill - amid claims they will ruin the landscape and harm the important local tourism industry.
The U.K. Sedgefield Borough Council has approved plans for E.On's 10-turbine Butterwick Moor wind farm.
Belper Town Council has decided to object to proposals for the town's first wind turbine. Cllr Deborah Biss said she had been approached by a number of residents living close to the proposed development who are worried about the turbine's height as well as the noise.
Plans for 16 wind turbines on land near Ammanford have been given the go-ahead by councillors in Carmarthenshire. More than 500 people along with neighbouring councils objected to the windfarm on Betws mountain, claiming it would spoil the countryside. But when councillors visited the site on Tuesday they were also met by campaigners backing the development.
The results of an independent study into wind farm development in the south and west of Berwick-upon-Tweed area of Northumberland have been published, with the findings stating that the area can potentially accommodate up to 30 to 40MW of wind energy development, which equates to approximately 10 to 15 turbines.
Swansea Council is fighting controversial plans for a £16 million wind farm that would be visible for miles around on the mountain at Betws, near Ammanford. Carmarthenshire Council planning chiefs have recommended the plans for approval despite strong opposition. But Swansea Council has drawn attention to "the acknowledged adverse environmental impacts of the proposed development".
Local residents were given the opportunity to air their views on windfarms at a public meeting at Stonehaven last night. The meeting was organised by Stonehaven and District Community Council in an effort to better understand public opinion on the controversial issue. Around 20 members of the public turned up and discussed turbines and renewable energy as a whole.
The row has become public because a review of the renewable energy proposals began yesterday, giving all parties the final chance to lobby for changes to Mr Livingstone's plan. The debate centres on his wish for buildings to generate their own power through solar, wind and other renewables, and the developers' preferred plans to reduce energy usage. Developers insist that energy savings on new offices will be better achieved by efficient design, sharing excess heat with residential developments and increased use of automated systems to turn off lights and computers when not in use. They claim that wind turbines and solar panels are highly inefficient in the capital.
Many of us here in Wales, UK, have read the article on "Wind Turbines" in your paper on 14-6-07. It has been posted about by e mail. We in Wales UK are planning a national ANTI Wind Turbine demonstration on July 8th. This horrendous industry will never ever halt global climate change it will only enrich its developers via the obscene level of subsidies being paid in Europe. Are there such massive subsidies your side of the Atlantic?
DEVELOPERS hope to build a £6.6million wind farm in a rural Suffolk village, installing 130-metre tall turbines that will generate enough electricity to power thousands of homes. But the move has prompted concerns it will have a detrimental effect on Suffolk's natural landscape and unique beauty. It comes as Mid Suffolk District Council consults on an application for a 70-metre high wind monitoring mast at Wyverstone, near Stowmarket, to assess the site's suitability.
A WIND farm could be built near Linton, the News can reveal. Independent energy company Enertrag UK Ltd is exploring the possibility of putting eight turbines on land south west of the village. No planning application has been submitted yet, but the company has been looking at the site for nine to 12 months and has now asked South Cambridgeshire District Council to provide an opinion.
It not just residents near to potential wind farm developments who have strong feelings on the issue.Leading Neath Port Talbot politicians have also entered the debate. Aberavon AM Brian Gibbons has outlined his opposition to plans for wind farms in the Afan Valley. In a letter to the Evening Post, he said: "Like most people in Aberavon, I accept the need to promote renewable energy. Such projects however, must not be unduly intrusive or diminish the quality of life for host communities. "It is for this reason I have objected to wind farm proposals in the Upper Afan Valley."
Since the Assembly announced the favoured areas for large-scale wind farms in 2005, a vision of Neath Port Talbot's valleys dominated by huge turbines has become a step nearer reality. Or so objectors would have us believe. Supporters of wind farms claim the developments will pave the way for Wales to become a world leader in renewable energy. Objectors claim the turbines will intrude on their lives, affecting residents health and house prices.
Bosses at the firm which wanted to bring nine giant wind farm turbines to Poddington have spoken of their disappointment after planning permission was refused. Nuon Renewables project manager Piers Guy admitted he was "gutted" by Bedford Borough Council's decision.
Villagers angered by proposals to build wind turbines the size of the London Eye near Chedburgh have packed a public meeting. More than 60 protesters filled Hawkedon Village Hall on Friday to rally support for the campaign against the turbines, headed by Residents Against Chedburgh Turbines (RACT). Jo Pugh, of The Street, Shimpling, said: "These turbines would have a devastating effect on the area and would just destroy the landscape. "It is a ridiculous waste of money. These turbines are also badly inefficient because when the wind doesn't blow, they have to be powered by electricity."
Suspicions that an £8million five-turbine wind farm on Nigg Hill could be the precursor to a much larger development are misplaced, it was claimed yesterday. West Coast Energy project manager Fraser McKenzie, acting on behalf of renewables specialist Faulk Energy, which is behind the latest Nigg scheme, was responding to concerns locally that it is merely a forerunner of larger applications that would follow approval.