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Wind farm battle won

Protesters are celebrating after winning a two-and-a-half-year battle against a controversial wind farm above Edgworth. An appeal against the decision to refuse planning permission for two wind turbines at Uglow Farm, Broadhead Road has been dismissed. The appellants had argued the wind turbines should be allowed because they would benefit the environment. But a report from the planning inspectorate following a four-day public inquiry in May said the proposal “would not be likely to have a significant environmental effect”. It concluded: “I find that the proposal would have an unacceptably adverse impact on a key characteristic of the landscape here.”
30 Sep 2006

Wind farm ‘scar’ on area’s beauty

Opposition to two Perthshire wind farms has gained the support of MSP Murdo Fraser. The Tory politician, who represents Mid-Scotland and Fife, yesterday told a public inquiry at Amulree village hall he backs Perth and Kinross Council’s rejection of the application by GreenPower to build 68 turbines at Griffin Forest, near Dunkeld, and also a plan to build 27 turbines at Calliacher, near Aberfeldy. He said, “The tourism industry throughout Perthshire accounts for about 15% of all employment in the area. When tourism comprises such a large proportion of employment, it can be deemed as not only very important, but essential. “Whilst the contractors are to be commended for reducing the proposed total number of turbines from 128…this is still 95 too many on our rural landscape.
30 Sep 2006

Protesters’ joy in wind farm battle

Protesters are celebrating after winning a two-and-a-half-year battle against a controversial wind farm. Plans for two wind turbines at Uglow Farm, Broadhead Road. Edgworth, have been rejected by a Government inspector. He dismissed an appeal against Blackburn with Darwen Council’s refusal of planning permission because of the turbines’ effect on the landscape.
29 Sep 2006

266ft wind turbines an ‘unjustified intrusion’

Plans to build three 266-feet-high wind turbines on the edge of Dartmoor would be an “unjustified intrusion” into the life of local communities, opponents of the plan told a public inquiry.The turbines, which would be built on land at Yelland Farm, Bowerland Cross, near Okehampton, would be close to the boundary of the Dartmoor National Park and would stand more than one-and-a-half times the height of Nelson’s Column. Geoffrey Sinclair, representing Okehampton and District Against Turbines (ODAT), told the inquiry: “ODAT’s point is simply that when sites like Yelland are proposed for the largest turbines in the South West of England, this represents one of the most serious long-term threats ever to face the landscape and countryside of Devon.
29 Sep 2006

Windfarm would ‘destroy landscape’

A detailed objection to a proposed windfarm in Auchtermuchty has been lodged by the local community council. Although plans for a five-turbine development on the edge of the village were outlined some time ago, and despite local furore, Auchtermuchty and Strathmiglo Community Council reserved its judgement until the dust on the details settled and local consensus had been properly gauged. Now, in an in-depth document, the community council has outlined its objections to the project, and urged Fife Council planners to reject the application.
22 Sep 2006

Wind farm blasted as 'step too far'

A large 22-turbine wind farm planned for the north Sutherland coast by an Edinburgh power company has been slammed as a "step too far" by one concerned local resident. The householder, who did not want to be named, said the proposed £40 million development on Skelpick and Rhifail Estates, near Bettyhill, would be a massive intrusion in the area. He said: "The turbines themselves are massive. The measurements quoted for them were in metres - around 125 metres in height from blade to tip - which made the turbines seem quite innocuous, but that is nearly 410 feet which is enormous. "The wind farm will be an intrusion on the skyline in Bettyhill and will be visible for miles and miles to anyone up at plateau level. "While I am in favour of wind farms and do not mind the development being in that location, I feel maybe it is a step too far."
21 Sep 2006

Objectors to giant wind farm win landmark planning battle

Wind farm objectors, including a number of large-scale barley tillage farmers, yesterday won a landmark planning battle, shooting down plans for 17 giant wind turbines, taller than the Spire of Dublin. After a high-profile fight, An Bord Pleanala finally refused permission for Dutch developers WEOM to erect the 400ft-high turbines at Kilbraney, Co Wexford. The decision puts down a national marker that planners will not automatically give the green light for wind farms where they can visually damage the landscape and impact on the lives of local people.
21 Sep 2006

The Ramblers Association has vowed to fight planning applications for windfarms

RAMBLERS across Cumbria are to join forces in the fight against wind turbines as part of a national campaign to stop their march across the countryside. The move is in direct contrast to calls from other groups such as Greenpeace, who support windfarm developments. Mike Murgatroyd, secretary of the west Cumbria group of the Ramblers Association, said: “Ramblers, in common with a lot of other groups, appreciate the countryside and don’t want to see it despoiled. “I think they are a blight on the landscape, wherever they are.”
21 Sep 2006

Complaints prompt Dutch to start moving windmills out of sight

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - For centuries, Dutch windmills have pumped water out of the low-lying country, and old-fashioned wooden mills are as closely linked with the Netherlands' international image as its dikes and bikes. But in the face of a large and growing lobby against the windmill's modern electricity-generating counterpart - the wind turbine - the country has started moving them offshore and out of sight.......In the Netherlands, which hopes to generate nine per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2010, the need to move offshore is growing more urgent due to the increasing number of wind turbine critics. They say the towering mechanical structures are blighting landscapes.
16 Sep 2006

but more areas are under threat

TWO of Perthshire’s most scenic areas would be “despoiled” if developers get the green light for two massive wind farm projects, a local protest group claimed yesterday. Jill Wilson, chairman of the Amulree and Strathbraan Windfarm Action Group (ASWAG), was speaking on the eve of a public inquiry into two highly contentious windfarm planning bids – one near Dunkeld, the other near Aberfeldy. Both have attracted an avalanche of objections – an unprecedented 1060 letters, with only 13 in favour, were received by council planners regarding a proposal by Green Power to erect 68 turbines at Griffin Forest, almost two miles north-west of Dunkeld. And 783 submissions were received, with just one in support, following plans lodged by I&H Brown Ltd. for 27 turbines at Calliacher, three miles south of Aberfeldy.
15 Sep 2006

We don't want wind farm blotting our landscape - Villagers mount crusade against monstrosities

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a wind farm near Harrold have stirred up a storm of protest. BLOT, the Bozeat, Lavendon and Harrold Oppose the Turbines protest group, was formed in January with 100 members and the aim to oppose the controversial proposals. And last month energy giant npower, part of the German-owned RW Energy Group, submitted an official planning application to Bedford Borough Council for 16 wind turbines, measuring 125m in height and with blades 90m long, at a site bordered by the three villages.
15 Sep 2006

Take an Ike: allies fight wind farm threat at Scottish White House

The granddaughter of General Dwight D Eisenhower, who led the allied forces to victory in the Second World War, has linked up with the National Trust for Scotland to see off a serious threat to the landscape around the castle that became his Scottish home. A wind farm company has submitted plans to build 15 turbines on the hill that overlooks Culzean Castle, the 18th-century Robert Adam masterpiece owned by the trust on the Ayrshire coast. Its magnificent top-floor apartment was given by its former owner to Eisenhower at the end of the war to thank the US general for the part he played in commanding Scottish troops and defeating the Nazi menace.
10 Sep 2006

Ministers refuse wind farm plan

Plans by a US energy company to build a wind farm in Perthshire have been refused by Scottish ministers. Catamount Energy applied for consent to build the 24-turbine development at Abercairny, near Crieff. The Scottish Executive has agreed with the findings of a public inquiry that the wind farm would have a "significant adverse impact" on the environment.
8 Sep 2006

Greatest threat yet to England's 'jewels in the crown'

England's nationally protected landscapes are under the greatest threat from development in their history, a report claimed yesterday. National parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), both set up by previous Labour governments, are the victims of an assault on the rules under the eye of the present one, says the report by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE). Such "jewels in the crown" as the Lake District, Peak District and Northumberland national parks, the Lincolnshire Wolds, Kent Downs and Dorset areas of outstanding natural beauty are all on a threat list drawn up by campaigners.
30 Aug 2006

Officials accused of bypassing rural safeguards in development drive

The supposed defenders of the British countryside are dodging and defying their own rules to permit development in beauty spots, according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Weakened planning laws have opened the way to new roads, quarrying, wind farms and other invasions of wild landscapes, in spite of a battery of legal measures intended to protect plant and animal life as well as peaceful solitude.
30 Aug 2006

The winds of change

In years to come the summit could well offer close-up views of the pointlessly spinning giant turbines, the windmills of a spin-addicted government that chooses to ignore the growing evidence that this kind of renewable is next to useless in terms of combating carbon gas emissions...... Global warming is a real threat and carbon gas emissions must be reduced, but the demise of Scotland’s greatest asset, her glorious and internationally- loved landscape, is surely not the way forward. Go to Carn an Fhreiceadain and enjoy its views while you can.
27 Aug 2006
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