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Developers accused of divisive tactics in plans for wind farm

Protesters have accused developers behind contentious plans for a £35m wind farm near the Yorkshire coast of a campaign of divide and rule to ensure opposition fades away. The proposals to build as many as 14 475ft-high turbines on agricultural land close to Hunmanby, near Filey, have caused a public outcry.
7 Nov 2011

Survey shows resident's opposition to wind farm

Nick Woolmington, chairman of NOPilrow, said: "The evidence is overwhelming in that the vast majority of local residents do not want this monstrous intrusion of what is nothing less than a vast industrial complex set in the heart of the green belt Somerset countryside."
4 Nov 2011

Work starts on access road to Mynydd y Betws wind farm

Lorries are carrying stone along the A474 between Pontardawe and Cwmgors for a road which will lead to the 15-turbine Mynydd y Bettws wind farm. One local resident said dishes were "shaking off the walls" in his house, with others claiming members of the public were not consulted properly.
3 Nov 2011

School turbine may be removed

A replacement turbine - which would be put out to tender to a private firm - would cost more than £200,000. Last month Lib Dem councillors Alan Blair and Ciano Rebecchi branded the turbine a 'local embarrassment'.
1 Nov 2011

Why build wind turbines at all?

No one would build wind turbines unless they were guaranteed a huge government subsidy paid for through household bills. If the 10,000 wind turbines, as promised by the government are built, then customers can expect their bills to rise by hundreds of pounds. Of course the government and the power companies will ensure that these "green taxes" are not detailed on the bills. What will we be left with when the subsidies run out?
30 Oct 2011

Firm drops wind farm planned for raptor site

RSPB said the proposal would have caused significant harm to the site if it had gone ahead. It said the hen harrier is one of the most persecuted birds of prey in the UK and is designated "red status", meaning it has the highest conservation priority.
27 Oct 2011

Bid for third wind farm turned down

Maldon district councillors and hundreds of campaigners believe the cumulative effect of three wind farms in the Dengie would leave the Maldon district with a vulgar landscape, traffic problems and a scarred environment. But the company planning the third wind farm will appeal the decision.
27 Oct 2011

Plans to spend millions on wind farm gets short shrift

Coun Greaves said: "All these schemes are notoriously inefficient and none of them would be constructed were it not for the government chucking huge sums of money at them in subsidies. "They will have an adverse effect on house prices and there is the destruction of the countryside to consider - they are a noisy eyesore.
27 Oct 2011

New wind turbine drop 'alarming'

The number of wind turbines being refused planning permission by local authorities is "alarming", according to a renewable energy industry body. RenewableUK said approvals fell from 58% of the applied-for capacity in the year 2008-09 and 57% in 2009-10, to 39% in 2010-11.
25 Oct 2011

Enertrag pull out from Kinnettles windfarm project

A spokesman for Against Kinnettle Turbines (AKT) said: "The voice of the community was united with the clear message that the wrong site for a wind farm had been chosen so close to so many homes. "Also the beautiful landscape would have been destroyed by erecting giant turbines.
21 Oct 2011

Flurry of wind turbine proposals

October has seen a flurry of plans being submitted for the building of wind turbines in the Laurencekirk area. Planning applications for five separate turbine sites were lodged at the start of October, along with one in Stonehaven and two in the Netherley.
20 Oct 2011

'No stopping' wind turbine that will tower over area

"Sadly, I am not surprised that the application has gone in as the district council cannot refuse them due to their wind power special planning document, which is now enforced. "Once developers know about an area where there is wind farm potential, these individual turbines go up to fill in the gaps.
18 Oct 2011

West coast wind farm to bypass planning process

A €100 million, 400ft-high wind farm planned for west Clare is to bypass the planning process. It follows a Bord Pleanála ruling that the plan by Clare Coastal Wind Power for a 46-turbine wind farm on two sites near the coast is considered strategic infrastructure and, as a result, will be considered by the appeals board.
11 Oct 2011
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