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Residents on the remote Greek island of Skyros are engaged in a last-ditch fight to prevent the construction of one of the world's largest wind farms on a protected nature reserve. The plans have pitched the country's largest landowner, the Orthodox Church, against the islanders. Conservationists, echoing the debate across Europe, are split between those keen to expand Greece's renewable energy production and those who argue the destruction in this case would too great.
He said: "There is no change to the day to day navigation rights at the site. "In releasing this public notice we are fulfilling a legal requirement placed on us by the CrownEstate. "The notice means that boats cannot legally sail into the turbines themselves, which is something most try to avoid anyway for obvious safety reasons. "Before the site was there ships could pass freely through those waters. Now they will be required to stay away from the coordinates occupied by the turbines." Any objectors have around five weeks to voice their concerns. Dave Dobson, chief fishery officer for theCumbria Sea Fisheries Committee, said: "To restrict navigation to fishing vessels within the site would be a total disaster for the trade in the area if the plans are approved."
An area that has become a hot spot for wind farm developers will have a fresh application from an energy company. A public inquiry is due to be held into three proposed wind farms in the North Tyne area of Tynedale, and now Cornwall based Nuon UK Ltd has submitted a planning application to install a temporary meteorological mast. The mast, 60 metres high and in place for 30 months, would be put up north of Tone Hall, at Birtley, in the North Tyne. It would act as a weather station collecting data to establish if the location is suitable for a renewable energy development.
Planners have delayed a decision on a controversial wind farm at an Amman Valley beauty spot.Eco2 of Cardiff has applied to Carmarthenshire Council for planning permission to build 16 110m turbines on Mynydd y Betws, near Ammanford. Planning chiefs recommended that the wind farm be approved. But County Councillor for Glanaman, Colin Evans, called for a site visit when the application came up before the planning committee last Thursday. He said: "Members must see for themselves the potential impact of this development."
Plans for a £35m wind farm in Northumberland will be determined by the Government after a green energy company found itself caught in a disagreement between two neighbouring councils. ScottishPower revealed last night it will appeal to the Planning Inspectorate after its bid to erect 13 giant turbines on land next to the 670-job Alcan aluminium smelter at Lynemouth was left in limbo. That is almost certain to mean a Planning Inspector conducting a public inquiry into the scheme before making a recommendation to the Secretary of State on whether it should be allowed.
An MP who considered installing a wind-turbine on his house has joined protestors fighting proposals for a wind farm at a Suffolk beauty spot. Tim Yeo gave his backing to villagers in Chedburgh, Hawkedon and elsewhere who fear plans for up to eight 125m wind turbines at a disused airfield would tower over their homes.
Town Hall planning officers recommend councillors refuse nine-turbine bid for Podington. Plans to erect a wind farm featuring nine 125-metre turbines look set to go on hold after planning officers recommended refusing the project. The proposed wind farm at Airfield Farm, Podington, will be reviewed at a borough council planning meeting on Monday, but seems unlikely to get the go-ahead after being deemed "conspicuous and out of place in the rural landscape".
Councillors on Whitworth Town Council have unanimously said no to the proposed wind farm at Reaps Moss, Bacup. Although the final decision will rest with Rossendale Council, Whitworth, as a consultee, will recommend that the wind farm be turned down.
A new row is brewing over plans for yet another massive wind farm on Lewis. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) yesterday lodged an application for its "biggest ever" wind scheme with the Scottish Executive. The firm wants permission to erect 57 of the world's tallest turbines, each nearly 500ft high, across the hills and glens of Pairc in South Lochs, close to several villages and near to a popular tourist route.
Plans for windfarms at three sites in Montgomeryshire have now been revealed. Acciona Energy has announced today it intends to submit planning applications to Powys County Council for permission to generate electricity from wind at Waun Garno and Mynydd y Cemmaes.
Up to seven wind turbines are to be built in Northumberland, dwarfing the nearby power station. Wansbeck Council has given permission for the turbines to be built on land near the Alcan aluminium smelter at Lynemouth, near Newbiggin. Planners at Wansbeck Council advised councillors that Scottish Power had made a sound case for the development of the land as a wind farm.
A new row is brewing over plans for yet another massive wind farm on Lewis. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) yesterday lodged an application for its "biggest ever" wind scheme with the Scottish Executive. The firm wants permission to erect 57 of the world's tallest turbines, each nearly 500ft high, across the hills and glens of Pairc in South Lochs, close to several villages and near to a popular tourist route. Some islanders fear the £200million plan over 12 square miles will have a huge adverse visual impact since the turbines, running parallel to Loch Erisort, would be seen from Kinloch.
Another energy company is targeting Tynedale as a location for a windfarm. Cornwall-based Nuon UK Ltd has submitted a planning application to install a temporary meteorological mast on land north of Tone Hall, at Birtley, in the North Tyne. The site is very close to the location of three other proposed windfarms.
People in Mid Wales have been urged to fight the "deluge of proposals" for windfarms. Welshpool-based campaigner Dan Munford has collected almost 2,000 signatures. Worried residents across Wales have been signing up to fight the expected increase in the turbines. Many have voiced fears that any such increase could have disastrous effects on tourism.
A senior Highland Council executive is being asked to probe claims that a Caithness community council has flouted planning guidelines in its handling of a wind-farm proposal. According to a protest group, Watten Community Council has failed to gauge local opinion and has entered into improper negotiations with the would-be developer of the 30 turbines earmarked for Spittal Hill. Spittal Windfarm Opposition Group (SWOG) also accuses community councillor John Swanson of breaching guidelines by failing to declare a financial interest in the development.
Scottish & Southern Energy PLC said it submitted a planning application for a 205 megawatt wind farm at Pairc on Lewis in the Western Isles. The project will require an investment currently estimated at around 200 mln stg, the company said. Scottish & Southern also has six other wind farm proposals at various stages in the planning process, a release said
THE Scottish Executive yesterday received plans for a large-scale wind farm in an area of Lewis which could be subject to Scotland's first hostile crofting community buy-out. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) wants to build 57 turbines, each nearly 500ft high, at Pairc in South Lochs, which will feature in a test case at the Scottish Land Court next week. SSE originally wanted to erect 125 towers, but this has now been reduced to 57, although the structures will be taller and more powerful.
Energy giants wanting to string massive pylons through a Highland bird sanctuary based their homework on "scant information," according to a leading naturalist. Sir John Lister-Kaye, director of the Aigas field centre at Strathglass, yesterday told the public inquiry into Scottish and Southern Energy's planned Beauly-Denny transmission line upgrade he was "dismayed" the company had failed to tap into an environmental databank he and his staff had spent 30 years collating. Pointing to a significantly different account of bird flight-paths, the author said the only logical conclusion he could come to was that "the applicants' survey was inadequate". And he said the results suggested the 30 ecologists hired by SSE were "maybe in the wrong place at the wrong time".
The views of community councils, a neighbouring local authority and 131 residents have been cast aside with plans for 16 wind turbines on Mynydd y Betws likely to be given the go-ahead. Councillors from Betws, Cwmaman, Llanedi, Ammanford and Llandybie have all objected to the proposal, as has Neath Port Talbot Council. However, the application, which also covers an anemometer mast, electrical sub-station and control building, electrical connections and access roads, has been recommended for approval.
Developers behind a controversial windfarm in South Cambridgeshire are to appeal against planning refusal. Renewable Energy Systems claim the site at Wadlow Farm near West Wratting is the best location in the district for a windfarm and will continue to pursue the project.