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In his decision, the planning inspector, Paul Griffiths, accepted the turbines would be an imposing feature but said "reasonable observers" would not be "confused" by the juxtaposition of historic buildings and a modern wind farm. For the first time, English Heritage and the National Trust have teamed up to challenge the ruling along with the local council in the High Court.
Plans to erect a wind turbine on farmland near a popular visitor attraction have caused controversy among neighbouring residents. But the applicant said it is a step towards cutting the carbon footprint of the successful farm shop.
Plans for an underground cable and substation to connect a wind farm to the National Grid have been labelled ‘unreasonable' by Boston's MP. Mark Simmonds has come out against against plans revealed last week by RWE npower renewables to link its Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm to a site in Bicker Fen.
One of several recent applications to build a wind turbine in the Worth Valley has been thrown out because of it could put tourists off visiting Bronte Country. The Bronte Society recently spoke out against the number of turbine planning applications being proposed for the area, which attracts tourists from around the world, eager to see the moor landscapes that inspired the sisters.
Donald Trump will fight any approval of an offshore wind farm overlooking his Scottish golf resort in the courts for years, according to George Sorial, the executive in charge of the New York billionaire's project.
A leading opponent of the controversial wind farm scheme on the outskirts of Swansea is snubbing the Ospreys as a result of their support for the application. Councillor Ioan Richard said he will now not take up five match tickets he has been allocated to reward people from his ward who have done good in the community.
The wind turbine maker is halfway through a two-year push to cut its workforce by about 30 percent to 16,000 as it seeks to return to profitability following two years of losses. It's reduced its cost base by more than 250 million euros of the target for 400 million euros of cuts by the end of 2013.
French anti-wind group Vent de Colere has battled against the development of the sector for years and last year contested France's onshore wind tariffs. A French court has referred the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg which will now determine whether the tariffs constitute undeclared state aid.
Much of the first day's legal argument focused on the windfarm's potential impact on whimbrels. That concern was also behind Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) objecting to the development. Its objection was "due to the high likelihood of a significant adverse impact of national interest on the favourable conservation status of the national population of whimbrel".
* RWE says needs to respond to strong wind power supply * Has enough thermal capacity to meet peak winter demand * Grid firm TenneT says adjusts reserves accordingly
After consulting central Government policy, other district councils and calculations by external planning experts, opposition groups claim that RWE should have been charged the maximum application fee of £250,000 instead of £24,965. Mr Baldwin called this ‘achieving maximum flexibility while being charged the minimum fee'.
A green energy firm has been accused of ‘bully boy’ tactics in trying to head off opposition to a windfarm in Doncaster. Robin Hood Airport says there could be safety issues affecting take-off and landing because of the tall wind turbines due to be erected on a site between Hampole and Pickburn.
For an industry all puffed up about its supposed environmental virtue, green energy sure is attracting a dirty crowd. Witness its latest entrant, Italy's Mafia. The mob knows a good fraud when it sees one. Mafia soldiers have moved in on the something-for-nothing world of green energy.
The Tories said the study provided more evidence of Mr Salmond's determination to force through applications for wind farms even where rural areas have already reached "saturation point". The Scottish Conservatives are publishing a new energy policy on Monday amid calls from some councils for a moratorium on new onshore turbines applications.
Energiekontor wants to erect a 60m monitoring mast to measure wind speeds on the site and lodged an appeal after its initial application was refused by Northumberland County Council. Middleton Burn Action Group (MBAG) hired experts in landscape and an ecologist to prepare reports in support of its case against the appeal.
"There were cheers and celebrations when the council refused permission," he said. "There were far more people against the proposals in the viewing gallery than there were in favour of them. "But we know that RWE NPower will appeal, so this issue will continue to rumble on for some time yet.
An energy developer has suspended its plans for a wind farm at a site to the south west of York, blaming 'uncertainty' about the local planning regime. Banks Renewables put forward plans for the proposed five-turbine Hagg Wood wind farm, which would have been situated on agricultural land to the west of Copmanthorpe, at the start of 2011.
In 2010, Nottingham based company PRE applied to build four 110m (360ft) turbines on the site, but the application was withdrawn following advice that the proposal would be refused. The new plan, now submitted to Kirklees Council, has sparked strong objections from neighbours, some of whom live approximately 600m from the proposed 0.8-hectare site.
A pensioner has revealed how energy bosses offered her a £750-a-year "bribe" to stay silent about plans to build more wind turbines near her home. Joan Robinson, 84, was promised the sum by Greenspan Electric Cairnmore as a "goodwill gesture".
A community close to Loch Ness fears it will be surrounded by wind farms following a string of planning applications. Community leaders representing Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston are demanding a study be carried out to assess the cumulative impact of existing and proposed projects.