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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.
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.
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.
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.'
The Scottish government came under pressure last night not to cave in to the renewables industry, as a poll indicated overwhelming support for wind farms to be banned from wild land. Environmentalists privately fear that Alex Salmond, the First Minister, could backtrack on pledges to protect scenic areas from turbines in the face of strong lobbying by the green energy sector.
Dismantling and removing onshore wind farm infrastructure at the end of its operational life could be more harmful to the environment than leaving it in place, according to a new report published today. The study, commissioned by government agency Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), focuses on the benefits and drawbacks of restoring a site to its original state when a wind farm is decommissioned.
Council chiefs are set to give wind farm developers the go-ahead to build a 200ft mast next to a lighthouse, despite admitting it will spoil a picturesque coastline on a Hebridean island.
"They call this an offshore wind farm - it's inshore. It is between this beautiful Devon coast visited by four million people every year and the Pembroke coast visited by three million people every year. "And people don't come here to see the landscape and the horizon covered in wind turbines. They come here for peace, tranquility, rural settings and seascapes."
The Conservatives have taken a tougher line on wind farms in recent months, and this week unveiled plans to give communities a powerful ‘veto' over controversial new onshore developments. Schemes will have to gain local residents' consent before a planning application can even be made, effectively handing them the power to prevent turbines being erected.
In my experience most supporters of turbines change their mind when they actually see them. I cannot believe Cameron would be happy if the villagers of Ellesborough took his bribe and put turbines on the Chilterns above Chequers. These things are not just in someone's "back yard", they are in the back yards of all Britain. The gulf has never been so wide between the rural landscape and the perception of it by ministers and commentators, who mostly live in London and holiday abroad.
Eric Pickles's Department for Communities and Local Government will announce that planning laws are to be amended so that "consultation with local communities" is compulsory before wind farm developers can even formally apply for planning permission It means local authorities will get powers to block possible developments early in the planning process.
Senior Conservatives claim the move will effectively end the spread of the controversial turbines which have been blamed for blighting picturesque landscapes. Ministers will announce that residents will have to be consulted over new wind farms with applications barred if there is significant opposition. Councils are currently prevented from even considering applications for larger turbines.