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Windfarm inquiry at an end

A Planning inquiry into a windfarm planned for the Eden Valley ended yesterday. It will determine whether a three-turbine development at Hoff Moor, near Appleby, can go ahead after all. The government planning inspector reserved his decision in the case but it is expected to be made public in about two months. Members of Eden Council's planning committee went against the recommendations of their own officers last year when they turned down the scheme.
15 Mar 2008

Plans for test mast rejected

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. ... Janet Bainbridge said: "I have lived in Seamer for 36 years and I can't believe anyone would wish to industrialise the only remaining piece of countryside between Ingleby Barwick and the Cleveland Hills, replacing it with monstrous, churning, expensive and inefficient wind turbines." The majority of councillors on the committee voted against the planning officers' recommendation to accept the test mast proposal due to the impact on the landscape and the appearance of the development.
13 Mar 2008

Turbines too near homes - claim

Campaigners battling plans for a wind farm on the outskirts of Sheffield claim the turbines will be too near homes. Andrew Redfern, chairman of Save Westwood Country Park action group, said the farm would be closer to thousands of homes and schools than accepted safety limits in Scotland, Wales and mainland Europe. The council has identified the park as a possible site for a wind farm with up to six turbines.
12 Mar 2008

Wind farm plans refused

Plans for a wind farm near Bottesford have been refused in the last few minutes. ...During the debate on the plan Infinergy chief executive Charles Sandham warned Vale of Belvoir residents of an impending "climate catastrophe" and has asked to "borrow the landscape" for 25 years to help address the issue. Lead planning officer Mark Shipman told committee members before the vote that the plan was one of national importance.
11 Mar 2008

Decision day for proposed wind farm looms

A decision on whether a wind farm can be built north of Grantham could be made on Tuesday. Planning officers at South Kesteven District Council have recommended plans to build 10 410ft turbines near Bottesford and Long Bennington be approved. The council's development control committee will consider the matter on Tuesday and have set aside five-and-a-half-hours in which to make a decision. If a decision cannot be reached, the committee will re-convene the following Monday. But anti wind-farm campaign group BLOT this week formally objected to senior planning officer Kevin Cartwirght's report for the committee, calling it "biased" towards the developer Infinergy. Chairman Pandora Mawer said:"It contains no analysis or critique of Infinergy's claims or the Environmental Statement and devotes just one side of A4 to visual impact, which is a major issue."
7 Mar 2008

Windfarm cable should land at Weisdale

Plans to land a 200 mile long power cable to export power from Shetland's proposed windfarm have been condemned by a local fish grower as "a double whammy" to his business. Yesterday (Thursday) it emerged that Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Ltd (SHETL) plan to land the interconnector cable in scenic Weisdale Voe, on Shetland's west side, after eliminating a shortlist of five other landing sites. Under the plans, the cable will hook up to the 160 turbine windfarm being planned by community-owned Viking Energy and SHETL's parent company Scottish & Southern Energy at a convertor station in the Kergord valley.
7 Mar 2008

Windfarm opponents voice anger

A proposal to build a windfarm on the Waterloo range west of Glen Innes has pitted neighbour against neighbour, with several Furracabad valley residents who will be affected expressing their opposition at last Thursday's Glen Innes Severn Council meeting. Last week's meeting was the first time council had met since a two-day community information session was held in December by engineering consultants Connell Wagner and developer National Power who are proposing a 27 turbine wind farm on the Waterloo range on the western edge of the Furracabad valley about 12km from Glen Innes. ..."Are we to be ‘collateral damage' due to the decision of five landholders (who stand to financially benefit)? We should never have been put in this position," she said.
6 Mar 2008

Opinions split on windfarm go-ahead

The government's approval of a huge windfarm on the edge of the Thorne Moors Nature Reserve has prompted a mixed reaction. Environmental pressure groups have welcomed the green light for energy firm E. ON's plans for 22 turbines at the Tween Bridge which will produce enough power for up to 26,500 homes. But the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and local campaigners say they are horrified at its potential impact on the peat lowlands landscape. The project was approved after a six-month public inquiry and following an agreement being struck between E. ON and Robin Hood Airport as bosses at the transport hub originally feared the wind farm would interfere with its radar system.
6 Mar 2008

Wind farm plans before council

Controversial plans for a wind farm in the Rhins have been met with a storm of protest. Wind Energy (North Rhins) Ltd want to build 11 wind turbines on land at Low Auchenree, High Auchenree, Craigenlee, Crailloch and Dunskey near Port Patrick. One hundred and eight letters objecting against the proposals have been received by the planning department - including some from as far away as Carlisle, Leeds, Yorkshire, Glasgow and Tyne and Wear. The objectors claim the development will be wholly inappropriate for the site. But the planning department have recommended the wind farm be approved. ...Planning officer Peter Barker says in a report: "The objectors are obviously concerned about the apparent market free-for-all from wind energy operators. "Developers are now turning their attention to sites that have lower wind speeds and potentially conflict more severely with natural heritage destinations." The turbines will be visible from 45 per cent of the Rhins, and from Loch Ryan and Luce Bay, and will dominate views locally and for many miles around, according to objectors.
6 Mar 2008

Ireland gives exploration permits to energy groups

Ireland on Wednesday awarded four offshore oil and gas exploration licences to three groups, which included Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research), in a bid to reduce the country's dependence on imported fuels. The licences cover block areas totalling 4,963 square km in the Porcupine Basin, off the west coast, the energy ministry said. ...The country has tried to boost the development of renewable energy by introducing government-backed guaranteed prices for offshore and onshore wind farm generation.
5 Mar 2008

Confidentiality request sidelines wind farm objectors

Hundreds of opponents of a massive wind farm on Lewis excluded themselves from giving evidence at a public inquiry because they requested confidentiality in their objections, it emerged last night. Thousands of people lodged protests against the controversial Eisgein development on Lewis. But many did not realise that ticking a confidentiality box means that they cannot make representations to an inquiry.
4 Mar 2008

Village dismayed by turbines decision

Lynemouth residents have been dismayed by a Planning Inspector's decision to allow an appeal and grant planning permission for three wind turbines. Two of the 110m to blade tip and 65m to hub structures will be constructed to the North of Lynemouth Power Station and close to the shore. The third wind turbine will be inland to the West of the other two and close to Woodhorn Road. They were refused planning permission by Castle Morpeth Council's Development Services Committee last year so Harworth Power, the renewable energy subsidiary of UK Coal, appealed the decision.
1 Mar 2008

Wind farm proposal thrown out

Plans to create a wind farm in North Devon have been rejected because of the impact it would have on the local environment. The Galsworthy Farm scheme proposed for an area of land close to Stibb Cross and Buckland Brewer, near Bideford, was turned down by Torridge District Council at a meeting. Among the reasons noted for the objection was the impact it would have on the local bats.
1 Mar 2008

Wind farm rejected over bat fears

Plans for a wind farm in north Devon have been rejected on environmental grounds. Torridge District Council turned down the scheme on the grounds of visual impact, noise and the impact on bats at the site near Stibb Cross. Developer Ecotricity is considering whether to appeal against the decision.
29 Feb 2008

Anger as wind farms given the go-ahead

Two huge wind farms have been given the go-ahead by the Government, to the anger of countryside campaigners and the delight of environmental pressure groups. Applications for the turbines at Tween Bridge on Thorne Moors, near Doncaster, and at nearby Keadby, near Scunthorpe, were officially approved by Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks yesterday. ...But the Council to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and local campaigners attacked the decision, while people who will live in the shadow of the turbines spoke of their disbelief. David Patterson, who lives in Keadby, and was secretary of a pressure group which opposed the schemes at the inquiry said: "This decision is absolutely appalling.
29 Feb 2008

Wind farm plan could create national security risk

Representing the MOD, Ailsa Wilson said the organisation's appearance at Duns Volunteer Hall was the first time they had needed to attend a public inquiry and added that they were satisfied that the correct judgement had been made when the original application was objected to. In her closing statement Ms Wilson reiterated the Ministry's concerns that of the 48 turbines proposed, at least 37 would be in the line of sight of the RAF radar at Brizlee Wood near Alnwick. She added that a windfarm at Fallago Rig would effectively create a 'hole' in detection and said that even losing sight of an aircraft for a minute could be crucial to aviation operations and national security.
28 Feb 2008

UK clears 3 wind farms in clean energy target chase

British energy minister Malcolm Wicks has given the all clear to three wind farms in England as the government tries to clear a backlog of clean energy projects and hit ambitious renewable energy targets. Two of the projects are onshore wind farms in North Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire, while the third is an offshore project planned for the Thames Estuary. "These three new wind farms will add a further 215 megawatts of green energy to the renewables revolution that is sweeping through the UK," Wicks said in a statement.
28 Feb 2008

Appeal against wind farm plan

North Devon Council is to appeal against a decision to build 22 giant wind turbines in the district. Following a decision by the courts to fast track the process, the council has reaffirmed its position to push ahead and seek a full judicial review against the Secretary of State's decision to grant planning permission for the three-megawatt wind farm at Fullabrook Down. The council expects the full judicial review to be heard in late June in the High Court, London,
27 Feb 2008

Wind farms approved and rejected

Councillors have decided to approve one wind farm in Denbighshire, but turned down another one. Both had previously been rejected, but the latest decision means a 16-turbine farm at Llyn Brenig, near Cerrigydrudion can now go ahead. However, councillors upheld a previous rejection of a second proposal for Gorsedd Bran. The council's planning committee had rejected both projects in January after concerns were raised by residents. The firm behind the rejected proposal, Tegni, had said it would appeal.
26 Feb 2008

Wind farm protesters seek judicial review

Campaigners are seeking a judicial review in a bid to get plans for a wind farm overturned. North Devon District Council plans to appeal against a decision by developer Coronation Power to build 22 giant wind turbines in North Devon. After a decision by the courts to fast-track the process, the council has reaffirmed its position to push ahead and seek a full judicial review of the Secretary of State's decision to grant planning permission for the wind farm at Fullabrook Down. ..."We don't want to see any wind farms in Devon. "It will cause serious damage to the landscape, while the production of electricity will be minimal."
25 Feb 2008
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