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Shetland Simulation

Aith1_thumb ISLANDERS in Shetland will have the chance for the first time this weekend to see how a 600MW windfarm would affect the isles' landscape. Ever since the massive project was first mooted almost three years ago, public debate has been slow to get started. Today (Saturday 9/2/06) managers behind the Viking Energy project will exhibit computer generated images at the Shetland Showcase Exhibition, in the Lerwick Clickimin Centre. A comprehensive consultation website at, designed to interact with the public, is also to go live at the weekend. The project has already been branded as far too big for Shetland by one local environmental campaigner.
2 Sep 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

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

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

Developers welcome wind farm study

The study identified a number of scenarios based on differing levels of potential, ranging from 70MW to 240MW. The preferred scenario identifies the consultant's preferred scale and pattern of development in the Harwood Forest/ Knowesgate area. This indicates that on the basis of landscape capacity, cumulative impact and the identification of three preferred development areas, the study area could accommodate around 100MW of wind energy development.
10 Aug 2006

SNH warning over new wind farms

WIND-FARM developers are mainly avoiding sites that would have a significant impact on fragile landscapes and wildlife, according to a report by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). But the environmental agency yesterday warned that the aim of avoiding potential conflicts between renewable-energy developments and heritage-sensitive sites will become more difficult to achieve in the drive to reach the Scottish Executive's target of producing 40 per cent of the country's energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.
3 Aug 2006

Bradwell on Sea - Simulation

Ten_turbines_2.jpg_2_(2)_thumb A Gale of protest is forming on the Dengie Marshes If you were in any doubt about the pros and cons of building ten wind turbines at Bradwell on Sea, perhaps the photograph below will help you decide. This is the impact just ten such turbines will have on the tranquillity of the area, there could be as many as thirty nine in the adjacent country side if construction is approved. The photograph, taken from St. Nicholas Church, Tillingham, depicts the view across the Bradwell marshes alongside St. Peter’s Way where the Wind Farm is to be sited. The turbines have been superimposed and are accurately portrayed in both scale and position. The machines will totally dominate the landscape for four or five miles around, will be visible up to twenty miles away and will seriously affect the ambience and spirituality of St. Peter’s on the Wall which is the oldest church of its type in the world. The scale and environmental impact of this industrial development in a rural and tranquil area will be enormous. The resulting electricity produced is minimal and expensive; the Carbon Dioxide emission savings are insignificant on a UK scale and too small to measure on a world scale. Maldon District Council advises that should you want to make representation about this proposal then quote Application No. FUL/MAL/06/00291 and write to The Chief Planning Officer, Council Offices, Princes Road, Maldon, CM9 5DL or email to
15 Apr 2006
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