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Planners from the Peak District National Park Authority have objected to plans for a five-turbine wind farm on the border of Sheffield and Barnsley. The Peak District planning committee has told Barnsley Council that the proposed wind farm on Sheephouse Heights, between Penistone and Stocksbridge, would be a "visual intrusion" that would harm the landscape and impact on the rural economy. Anne Ashe, who chaired the committee, said: "Members of the committee felt that having five wind turbines at this location would have a dramatic effect on the wilderness on the edge of the national park.
Plans for the £1.5m turbines in Carsington were approved on Wednesday after Derbyshire Dales District Council's decision to reject proposals was overturned after a public inquiry. Although the plans have now been approved, it is unlikely the wind farm will be in place before spring 2010. Neil Exton, land development manager at West Coast Energy, whose subsidiary company Carsington Wind Energy was granted planning permission, said: "There is a massive worldwide demand for wind turbines. They aren't available from a shelf. They're manufactured to order."
Opponents of a controversial wind farm today breathed a huge sigh of relief as it emerged that the developers have pulled out of the scheme. Hundreds of worried residents had voiced concerns about Lowestoft-based SLP Energy's proposals to build seven 125m high turbines at the former Pulham Airfield site, during a series of public meetings last year. An action group fighting the development claimed the rural community was totally unsuitable for a windfarm, and that would create a "blight zone" for those living in a 2km radius at Pulham Market, Pulham St Mary, Dickleburgh and Rushall.
Councillors have withdrawn three of their four objections to plans for a wind farm in Northumberland. Members of Berwick Borough Council Planning Committee have unanimously agreed to amend their views on a proposal to erect turbines at Wandylaw, near Chathill, after the release of the Regional Spatial Strategy, drawn up by the North East Assembly to set out future land use. One objection remains - about the effect of turbines on the air defence radar at RAF Brizlee Wood, Alnwick.
The go ahead for one of the UK's largest offshore wind farms to date will be announced by the Prime Minister today, in a speech to business leaders. The 500MW West of Duddon Sands wind farm is planned near Walney Island off the coast of Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria and will comprise of up to 139 turbines. ...The Energy Secretary John Hutton has also approved an updated application from Ormonde Energy Limited to build a 150MW wind farm comprising of up to 30 turbines, which will also be sited near to Walney Island.
Proposals to build a wind farm have been rejected after thousands of residents bombarded planners with letters of objection to the scheme. The controversial plans for seven wind turbines on land in Bearstone, near the Staffordshire-Shropshire border, had attracted 2,300 individual letters of opposition. North Shropshire District Council's planning meeting, held last night, pulled a crowd of more than 300 people who burst into spontaneous applause and cheers when councillors voted 10 to three against the application.
Plans for a 127 metre-high wind turbine next to Dewlay's cheese business off the A6 near Garstang have been rejected. The company wanted to boost its green credentials by being powered by energy supplied from the towering turbine, which would have stood almost as high as Blackpool Tower. But councillors, worried about the turbine's imact on the flat Wyre countryside, have told cheese company bosses and their backers the project is too big and would be out of place.
The firm's plans to build 18 wind turbines with a maximum height of 102 metres at the popular Auchencorth Moss beauty spot near Penicuik were rejected by Midlothian Council in February. But the scheme now looks set to go to a public inquiry after E.ON lodged an appeal against the decision with just days to spare before the deadline to appeal expired.
Last week Camelford Town Council staged an emergency meeting at which the public were invited to express their views on a proposal by Community Windpower Ltd for the wind turbines. However, town clerk Brian Groves said as yet the council had not received any formal notice of application for the turbines. Around 40 people attended the meeting and among protestors was Colin Caudery ...Mr Caudery, who lives between St Clether and Davidstow, urged councillors to "throw out" the application when it came before them for consultation.
RidgeWind Ltd wants to build 10 turbines at the site. But the council refused the application last October by eight votes to two on the basis it would harm the landscape and tourism and because of Ministry of Defence (MoD) concerns over the impact of the turbines on the air defence radar at nearby RAF Brizlee Wood. An appeal was submitted and a public inquiry is to begin in Berwick on September 16. But the government’s decision last month to approve plans for turbines at nearby Middlemoor has led council officers to ask members to consider whether they still want to oppose the Wandylaw scheme at the inquiry.
A meeting was held on Tuesday night by developers Your Energy to talk to the planning committee of Yelvertoft Parish Council and members of the public about the proposed plans for an eight-turbine wind farm near the village. However the meeting in the Reading Room, in the High Street, left some people frustrated as the developers were unable to answer many of the questions asked. ...
An action group fighting plans for eight massive wind turbines in a Northamptonshire village turned out in force to hear the proposals from an energy firm. More than 50 villagers joined the No Wind farm at Yelvertoft (NoWay) group protesting against Your Energy's presentation on Tuesday night. Many had to listen to the parish council's planning meeting from the streets after residents filled the room.
North Shropshire MP, Owen Paterson, has spoken of his "shock" that North Shropshire District Council officers have given the go ahead to build a wind farm in Norton-in-Hales. Controversial plans to build seven giant wind turbines at Lower Farm, Bearstone, are set to get the green light from planning chiefs, despite thousands of objections from angry neighbours.
Plans to build a three-turbine wind farm near an East Yorkshire village have been turned down. The scheme for land at Tedder Hill, close to Roos, near Withernsea, was narrowly rejected by East Riding Council's planning committee today. Committee chairman Councillor Chuck Hunter used his casting vote after the vote went seven for, seven against the controversial scheme.
E.ON UK is to appeal against a local government refusal to grant planning permission for a wind farm at Auchencorth Moss in Scotland, the German-owned utility said on Thursday. Midlothian Council rejected the plan to build a 45-megawatt onshore wind farm neat Penicuik in February, despite the project's potential to contribute towards Britain's already challenging renewable energy targets.
Wyre Council looks likely to reject the controversial proposal by cheese firm Dewlay for a single turbine tower next to its base off the A6 between Garstang and Churchtown at next Wednesday's meeting of its planning committe. Planning officers are urging rejection of the plans, drawn up by Wind Direct of Lancaster, for the award-winning cheesemakers. More than 300 people have written to Wyre Council opposing the planning application. Parish councils, including Kirkland, have also objected.
An ill wind may be blowing for the plan for the 127 metre-high wind turbine next to Dewlay's cheese business off the A6 near Garstang. Planning chiefs at Wyre Council are urging councillors to reject the scheme. Details of the recommendation to next week's planning meeting were made public today.
Opponents of plans for a 127 metre-high wind turbine next to Dewlay's cheese business off the A6 near Garstang will find out on Wednesday (Aug 27) if planning bosses are urging approval or refusal of the scheme. Details of the recommendation will be made public on Wednesday when the agenda for the September 3 meeting is published. As reported in last week's Courier more than 300 people have objected to the plans.
A wind farm given the green-light in Essex will have to go before the Planning Inspectorate again after the original permission was quashed. Maldon District Council had conceded defeat last October in its battle against plans for 10 turbines at Hockley Farm, Bradwell. But it has now emerged the scheme will have to be re-assessed by the Planning Inspectorate after drafting errors were made in two of the planning conditions. It is the latest twist in the saga of the wind farm, which was originally rejected by council planners before getting the go-ahead last year following a public inquiry.
A wind farm developer has won an appeal to build a 60-metre test mast between two villages. Earlier this year, Stockton Council's planning committee turned down Broadview Energy's proposal to erect a monitoring mast on farmland between Hilton and Seamer. However, this week Government planning inspector Anthony Wilson overturned the council's decision. He commented on the "attractive appearance" of the area, but said he did not consider the mast would cause "any undue harm to the site and its immediate surroundings, especially when compared with the size, scale and appearance of the electricity pylons nearby".