Articles filed under Impact on Landscape from UK

Power struggle battle over wind farm

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.
18 Aug 2013

Wind farm companies warn against wild land ban

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.
24 Jul 2013

We'll produce new images of wind farm - but only if new guidelines tell us to, say Navitus

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.
2 Jul 2013

Turbine planned on soldier graves

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.
2 Jul 2013

Mountaineering Council: Wind farm growth bad news

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.
28 Jun 2013

75% of Scots back land protection from wind farms

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.'
27 Jun 2013

Ban on wind farms for wild land gets ‘overwhelming' support from public

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.
26 Jun 2013

Ripping out disused wind farms ‘will harm environment'

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.
25 Jun 2013

Wind farm plan In Bristol Channel 'Catastrophic'

"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."
23 Jun 2013

Wind farms are a 'complete scam', claims the Environment Secretary who says turbines are causing 'huge unhappiness'

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.
7 Jun 2013

The U-turn on wind turbines won't stop their march over every hill and valley

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.
6 Jun 2013

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