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Responses to wind farm plan flood in

North Devon District Council have received more than 500 responses from members of the public wanting to comment on the controversial Batsworthy Cross wind farm application. As the time for decision making draws nearer, NDDC planning department will have to read and consider each comment before completing their report. In November 2006, NPower Renewables applied to build nine wind turbines at Batsworthy Cross, Knowstone, South Molton.
24 May 2007

Hard wind

Marshland St James is an isolated, functional, centre-less village, little more than a ribbon of houses along a country road surrounded by farms. In the far west of Norfolk, close to the borders with Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire, it is a place that locals describe as "bandit country". It is not a place you expect an issue of national importance to find its focus. But on Monday, just a few days before the government released its white paper on energy, a local farmer was found dead in a drainage canal close to his home. A statement from his family linked his death to a battle over wind farms that has torn the village apart.
24 May 2007

Company acts over wind farm delay

A company wanting to build eight wind turbines is to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate after a council deferred its application for a third time. Your Energy has applied for planning permission to erect the turbines near Gainsborough in Lincolnshire.
24 May 2007

Free run for wind farms?

Huge new wind farms could be built in the North-East with residents losing any "meaningful" role in the planning process. Critics fear local communities in areas like Northumberland and County Durham could be shut out of the process after the Government announced it will set the national planning strategy for major infrastructure projects - handing over the final decision on whether schemes go-ahead to an unelected commission. Large-scale wind farms, motorways, power stations, airports and incinerators will be included in the new national framework covering the next 10 to 25 years. An independent panel of experts - including planners, lawyers and environmentalists - will determine major schemes.
22 May 2007

Evelop and Ballast Nedam to Develop 300 MW Offshore Wind Farm

The permit application for the offshore wind farm slated for the North Sea has been approved. Now the partnership Evelop International and Ballast Nedam Concessies has the exclusive right to develop Scheveningen Buiten. Rijkswaterstaat Noordzee announced the approval includes the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The wind farm, Scheveningen Buiten, which will be built outside the 12-mile zone off the seaside resort of Scheveningen, approximately 30 kilometers (km) from the coast, is expected to be finished by 2011. It will generate more than 300 megawatts (MW).
21 May 2007

Crown Estate targets energy giants for its wind-farm plans

E.ON, Centrica and other major energy groups have been approached by the Crown Estate over plans to build offshore wind farms large enough to supply millions of homes with power. The Crown Estate, which owns the seabed around Britain, told wind farm developers last month how to bid for the projects in what the wind industry has dubbed "round 3".
20 May 2007

Inquiry a triumph for turbine protest

A joint public inquiry is to be held into three separate wind farm applications in Northumberland. The Department of Trade and Industry's announcement that the inquiry would be held for the three proposals on land near Kirkwhelpington was welcomed both by objectors to the proposals and Northumberland County Council. Peter Bennet, who founded Friends of the Wanneys, a protest group set up to oppose the development plans, said: "Overall, you would have to say that it is good news.
19 May 2007

Support growing for £3bn wind farm plan

Plans for a massive offshore wind farm in the Bristol Channel yesterday received broad support.The proposal would be the world's largest offshore wind farm, covering an area the size of the Isle of Wight and situated about 13 miles off Ilfracombe and nine miles to the North of Lundy.
18 May 2007

Council under fire over turbines files

A North council has broken planning regulations by handing over public files to a consultant based 100 miles away. Berwick Borough Council's handling of the planning row over a series of wind farm developments means local people cannot "easily access" papers dealing with the controversial developments. They include plans for 10 turbines at Moorsyde, near Allerdean, nine at Barmoor, near Lowick, 10 at Wandylaw, on the boundary with Alnwick District, and seven at Toft Hill, near Grindon.
18 May 2007

Wind farm firm’s public meeting fear

Developers behind plans for a controversial wind farm in west Norfolk claim they have been advised by police to stay away from a public meeting, for fear it could result in a breach of the peace. Members of Marshland Wind Farm Ltd claim they have been told by police to stay away from tonight's meeting which has been organised by anti-wind farm campaigners. Plans for the proposed wind farm have rocked villagers living in Marshland St James. Many are divided over plans to site the turbines on farmland near the village.
18 May 2007

Council opposes turbines proposal

Protesters last night welcomed news that a council is set to oppose the latest in a series of planned wind farms in rural Northumberland. Energy firm Banks Development wants to build 22 turbines, each up to 125 metres high, on Plashetts Farm between Kirkwhelpington and Throckington, Northumberland. The development, which the company says would provide enough energy for 37,000 homes every year, is one of the biggest proposals submitted by different energy firms looking to build wind farms in the area. But Peter Bennet, who founded Friends of the Wanneys, a protest group set up against the proposed wind farms, applauded the officers who have recommended that councillors object to the bid for planning permission.
18 May 2007

Windfarm plan appeal ditched

The plug has been pulled on the Wellow Wind Farm by the company that wanted to build six huge turbines on farmland next to an area of outstanding natural beauty. The decision that Your Energy would not be appealing against IW Council planning refusal was greeted with jubilation by campaigners, who said turbines would despoil the area.
18 May 2007
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