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The owner of a five-star tourism business in an isolated Wester Ross peninsula has launched a scathing attack on plans to build a community-owned wind turbine which he says is an "absolute violation" of the landscape. This week the Coigach Community Development Company (CCDC) unveiled their plans.
Mr Heasman said the turbines were drawn about 30 per cent smaller than they would actually be. Now, he has had a response from NBDL and its landscape architects LDA Design essentially admitting that he was correct, he says.
The Middlemoor and Wandylaw projects as seen from Holy Island across the Pilgrims Way. Middlemoor consists of 18 turbines, each with a height of up to 125 metres (including the blades) and a maximum generating capacity of 54 megawatts. The project was placed into service during the summer of 2013. The separate Wandylaw project consists of 10 turbines, also each standing 125 meters in height, with a capacity of 20.5 megawatts.
Serious concerns have been raised in a report about a huge wind farm off the north Devon coast. A county council report says the project would have negative impacts on the landscape and might not have any economic benefits for north Devon. It would be among the UK's biggest wind farms, with up to 240 turbines.
Wind farm campaigner Mr Grosvenor said this area of East Lindsey is unprecedented for the number of wind farm and singular turbine applications. He said: "This is an unprecedented push for turbines in this relatively small area when combined with applications for small turbines.
The company says it has listened so far, altering plans that came under fire for threatening tourism, marine life and shipping safety. Opponents have criticised previous drawings and models of the proposal, claiming they do not paint a realistic picture of what the turbines look like.
Mr Paterson's report is about the impact of all renewable-energy sources on the countryside and on the rural economy. "There has been a back-and-forth with DECC but we are doing this report," a source said. "We want some hard and fast evidence about the effect of renewables on rural communities. That is well within our portfolio."
Developers are facing fierce opposition over plans to build the world's second-largest wind farm in the Bristol Channel. RWE, a German energy firm, wants to construct 240 offshore turbines, each 722ft tall - more than four times the height of Nelson's column - to generate 1,200 megawatts of electricity.
The document says that if a conifer hedgerow, which has been planted around the boundary of their garden, was allowed to grow to 5.4 metres (17ft 7ins) it would "screen all views of the turbines." It also says further tree planting near the boundary of their garden, or closer to the house, would help to screen views within about eight years.
Commenting on the convoy of 40.2 metre long blades, Gwen Crew, chairperson of Denholm Community Council, added: "We should have been told about this when the application was submitted. People have to be made aware of this, as it will have quite an effect on local traffic. We are awaiting further information."
The intervention marks a straining in relations between wind farm companies and the First Minister, who has championed the rapid increase in onshore turbines in the face of growing fury from rural communities. A Daily Telegraph investigation last month disclosed how the Scottish Government has pressurised council planners across Scotland that they have set aside too little land for turbines.
Diarmid Hearns, NTS's head of policy, said: "It is concerning that far too many people feel powerless when it comes to influencing local landscape developments - the planning system seems to be a complete mystery to them and they have no idea how to make their voices heard."
"This latest application is horrendous. If this gets approved, the whole of the Marsh and Wolds will become dotted in turbines. There will be no escape from them. Every which way residents look they will be there."
The Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals ruled that the scheme at Cairnoch, north of Carron Valley Reservoir, would result in "substantial, adverse and significant" landscape effects.
We support the increased protection proposed for national parks and national scenic areas, though this merely formalises the present de facto position. Such protection should apply also where development is proposed beyond their boundaries ...the current greatest threat is large onshore wind developments.
British Legion boss is urging town residents to fight proposals to build a wind farm on ground where Uttoxeter's brave World War One soldiers are buried. ...Many of those who died from the brigade, part of the 46th North Midland Division, have no known grave and still lie in the French fields where the battle took place.
Scottish Natural Heritage has recently published a draft revision that calls for images at the scale used by wind farm opponents Challenge Navitus. Dr Andrew Langley, of Challenge Navitus, said: "While visual impact is just one issue, this wind farm would have a very significant effect on our seascape, so it is important to know how it might look.
The Lynn and Inner Dowsing projects consisting of 54 Seimens 3.6-107 turbines are sited 5.2 KM off Skegness and 5.2 KM off Ingoldmells. This image from Skegness Beach shows the visual impact.
Every generation claims some overwhelming need to cover yet more of what remains with concrete, steel and plastic. Normally it is actually about putting profits in the pockets of corporations and landowners. Sadly the current march on the mountains is being made under cover of combating global warming. Yet those who really care about the environment would be sensitive to where wind farms are built.
A YouGov poll for the John Muir Trust has found that 51 per cent of people in Scotland would be ‘less likely to visit a scenic area which contains large-scale developments" - such as. commercial wind farms ...The same poll found that 75 per cent of Scots support the proposal that ‘the 20 per cent of Scotland's landscape identified as core wild land remain free from modern visible human structures - including wind farms.'