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There is a serious danger that three wind power proposals above Todmorden will be "fast tracked" through the planning appeal process, and local concerns set aside in favour of the Government's "green" energy targets, say local campaigners. Planning appeals for wind power sites on Todmorden Moor, Crook Hill and Reaps Moss will be put together in one appeal hearing later this year, according to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol. Local campaigners against the wind turbines are very concerned that the three sites proposed, with a total of 20, 410ft high turbines, will be treated by the Inspectorate as one big wind farm. If the total installed capacity is 60MW or over, the Inspectorate refer to it as a site "of major importance having more than local significance". ..."We must not let this happen," said Robin Pennie. "No energy company has the right to assume Government targets should take precedence over local risk."
Wind farm objectors in the Alnwick area are hoping that a decision to reject three applications near Berwick will impact on the ruling for the proposals near North Charlton. Berwick Borough Council's planning committee last week rejected bids for 20 turbines at three sites south west of Berwick - Moorsyde, Barmoor and Toft Hill. Objectors to plans for an 18-turbine plant at Middlemoor, which went to a public inquiry last year, hope the inspector's ruling will go the same way. Meanwhile, the applicants of the three schemes which were denied planning permission confirmed they will appeal.
Three wind farm proposals within close proximity of each other have been rejected by Berwick Borough Council. There were jubilant scenes inside a packed Maltings theatre as councillors reached their decision after a marathon six hour planning meeting. Planning officers had been recommending approval of a seven turbine scheme at Moorsyde, near Ancroft, and a six turbine scheme at Barmoor, near Lowick.
Mr MacLeod said: 'It would appear that proposals for single, or a small number of turbines, are being subject to similar levels of scrutiny as planning applications from large commercial wind farms. "I am greatly concerned at the length of time taken for projects to go through the planning process.
Some 150 people packed a public meeting to hear about a wind farm at East Stoke - a "thorny issue" which is dividing the Purbeck community. The crowd heard arguments for and against the plans for six 125m turbines up at Masters Pit quarry from Infinergy, the green energy company behind the plan, and action group Dorset Against Wind Turbines (Dart). The meeting, at D'Urberville Hall, Wool, on Monday, was called by East Stoke Parish Council and chaired by Councillor Barry Quinn. ...Dart members took an unofficial straw poll at the end of the meeting and counted 94 per cent against the turbines and just eight in support. Terry Stewart, chairman of Dorset Campaign to Protect Rural England, which is working with Dart, said: "There was certainly strong feeling. "We are extremely glad local residents are facing up to some of the realities of these proposals."
The SNP Government intends to do nothing about the number of speculative planning applications for onshore wind farms being made in Perthshire, it was revealed in a parliamentary answer to MSP Murdo Fraser. In a parliamentary question, Murdo asked the SNP Government how it intends to reduce the number of speculative planning applications for onshore wind farms. In response, the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stewart Stevenson stated: "Under planning legislation there are no powers to prevent planning applications being made. ..."It is disappointing that the SNP Government is not prepared to create ‘no go' areas for applications. I believe that large parts of Perthshire should be automatically ruled out for a wind farm application due to their natural beauty and importance to the local tourism industry."
Councillors yesterday overwhelmingly rejected three proposals for wind farms in Northumberland. Berwick Borough Council's planning committee came out against applications for turbines at Barmoor, Moorsyde and Toft Hill at the climax of an all-day meeting at the town's Maltings Theatre. The committee voted by eight to one to reject Force 9 Energy and Catamount Energy's six turbine Barmoor scheme and Your Energy's seven turbine Moorsyde proposal, although officers had recommended both for approval. Councillors also voted against npower renewables' seven-turbine Toft Hill project, in line with officers' recommendations. A crowd of about 300 objectors and supporters had turned out and the decisions drew loud applause and cheers.
More than 150 people were at the meeting organised by the group opposed to the proposed Viking Energy windfarm. Chairman Billy Fox stressed that the group was not against windfarms or renewable energy projects, but it had concerns about the scale of the Viking Energy project for financial and environmental reasons. Mr Fox said there would be "no winners" in this, and the "silent majority" were opposed to the proposed windfarm. He said Shetland should be concentrating on conservation, domestic projects and small-scale renewable energy schemes such as in Fair Isle and Foula.
Three controversial applications to build wind farms in north Northumberland were sensationally thrown out by planners today. Berwick Borough Council's planning committee rejected the scheme for 20 turbines near Berwick after a heated six hour meeting. The committee said the plans would have dominated the landscape. Officers had recommended the Moorsyde and Barmoor developments - seven and six turbines respectively - be approved. Members went against those recommendations with only chairman Coun Brian Douglas voting in favour.
Controversial plans for Rotherham's first wind farm could end up being referred to the Government. Rotherham Council is due to consider an application to erect three 95m wind turbines at Loscar Farm, Harthill, tomorrow. But the application will almost certainly be referred to the Department for Communities and Local Government for consideration before a final decision is taken. The department will be asked if it plans to intervene in the planning procedure on the grounds the wind farm is innopropriate in the Green Belt. If it doesn't, councillors could agree the scheme.
Councillors have just upheld their decision to refuse planning application for a huge wind farm north of Grantham. South Kesteven District Council's development control committee this afternoon voted 10 to 2 to refuse the application by Dorset-based developer Infinergy. There were dozens of members of the public at the meeting at the Guildhall ballroom, in Grantham, echoing scenes from a fortnight ago when councillors originally voted to refuse the application. ...After the vote was taken to refuse the application, the result was greeted with applause from members of the public.
A School's plans to build a 15-metre high wind turbine on its land have whipped up a storm in Longlevens. Bishops College has applied to planners at Gloucester City Council for permission for the wind turbine with three 2.28-metre blades on its playing field at the back of the Estcourt Close school. ...The generator and turbine blades have been designed to minimise noise, according to the applicant. But some neighbours aren't impressed.
A motion put forward by an anti-wind turbine councillor to stop structures over 75m tall being built in west Norfolk looks set to be rejected by the council. Independent councillor David Markinson had put forward the motion in regards to the council's approach to future planning applications for developments over 75m in height. The motion will be discussed by West Norfolk council's cabinet at their meeting on April 1, but the cabinet is asked to reject it as it would 'undermine' the council's position.
Controversial plans to build a test mast near a site earmarked for a major wind farm have been turned down. The 60m mast was proposed to be located in a field between Seamer and Hilton villages, gathering wind data over a period of two years. ...Stockton Council's planning committee was told it could not consider the possible future provision of a wind farm when determining the application for a mast. But many residents argued that the monitoring mast is simply "a pre-cursor" or a "Trojan horse" for the wind farm.
Council leaders have given the go-ahead for a detailed examination of four possible sites for Oxford's first wind turbines, all on city council-owned land. But they were immediately warned by Oxford Preservation Trust that the move would send out the dangerous message that even Oxford's most famous views were no longer protected. A detailed study will examine whether the "community scale" turbines, which generate electricity, could be built close to Hinksey Heights Golf Club and at Cutteslowe Park.
Councillors in Northumberland will next week be advised to approve two controversial wind farm applications but refuse a third. Berwick Borough Council yesterday released its officer reports on the three schemes, which are due to be determined at an all-day meeting of its planning committee on Thursday next week. Officers recommend the applications for seven turbines at Moorsyde and six at Barmoor, from Your Energy and Force 9 respectively, are approved. But Npower Renewables' proposal for seven structures at Toft Hill is recommended for refusal.
More wind turbines may need to be built off the Lincolnshire coast if the UK is to meet tough targets on renewable energy. Experts have claimed there is little chance of Britain meeting its goal of getting 15 per cent of all its energy from green sources by 2020. To do so, it is thought up to 12,500 new off-shore wind turbines will be needed over the next decade.
A couple who live half a mile from the site of a proposed wind farm fear they could be surrounded by turbines after learning of another possible development near their home. Reg and Tamsin Watson, of Ancroft Southmoor Farm, near Berwick, Northumberland, featured in The Journal last July expressing their dismay at Your Energy's proposal to build 110m structures at Moorsyde - just 700 metres from their property. Now the couple are facing the prospect of another 10 turbines of 115m on the other side of their home.
The proposal was rejected by councillors last summer. They went against officer recommendations and turned down the scheme. Airtricity appealed against that decision which is now being taken to public inquiry.
A major conference on renewable energy opens in Stornoway today while the Western Isles wait for news on whether Lewis is to host Europe's largest wind farm. The event is being held by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the Western Isles Council, which has backed Lewis Wind Power's bid for a 176-turbine development. The Scottish Government has said it is "minded to refuse" the project but has yet to make a final decision. Jim Mather, the minister for enterprise, energy and tourism, will address the conference but he is not expected to announce a decision on the wind farm.