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At an East Lindsey planning committee meeting, members voted unanimously to refuse an application for four turbines on farmland, from RWE npower Renewables Ltd. "If this went ahead, it would have a devastating impact on the landscape," said, Coun Terry Knowles.
Leaders at Hampshire County Council, which owns around 21,000 acres, have ruled that they will not support big wind energy developments on their land. They say turbines could have a ‘very significant impact in terms of visual intrusion, urbanisation, damage to historic character and to tranquillity'.
"Just a few days ago Alex Salmond declared that ‘in this Year of Natural Scotland, there is no better time to enjoy Scotland's great outdoors'. Unless he acts right now it will be the last time that people will have the chance to see the fabulous mountain landscapes round Dalnessie in their natural state. After that they will be reduced to an industrial site.
Set eight miles off the coast of Shoreham, it would form a landmark feature visible between Worthing and Brighton, with plans for between 150-195 turbines at the core of its design. According to the firm, the key to its proposals lie in utilising new technology which would enable turbines to be active more than 90 per cent of the time.
Yesterday the decision was quashed following a High Court challenge by local residents. They claimed the inspector had been wrong in his view that the turbine would not have a ‘significant adverse impact on recognised environmental assets' in the local area.
With 130 turbines of over 30m either consented or proposed in east Berwickshire, wind farm applications are starting to creep downhill and along a corridor in eastern Berwickshire parallel with the A1, down to Lamberton Moor. The visual, landscape, cumulative and noise impacts are likely to be far greater as the land is flatter and there are more settlements in the Merse valley.
Nick Boles said in the House of Commons that wind turbines should not have an "unacceptable impact" on local communities ...There is currently no national standard for the distance between turbines and houses. But Mr Boles told MPs that he thought a minimum distance "might be appropriate" in some areas. ...However, if the ban was adopted widely by other councils, wind farms could be effectively banned.
No more would I trade in blood diamonds or child pornography than I would accept money in any shape or form from Big Wind. The time is long since past when anyone complicit in this vile, corrupt, mendacious industry - not the lawyers, not the engineers, not the land agents, not the investors - could be unaware of the damage it does: to the landscape, to rural communities, to wildlife, to people's health, to the economy generally.
“This study confirms suspicions that decades of generous subsidies to the wind industry have failed to encourage the innovation needed to make the sector competitive. Put bluntly, wind turbines onshore and offshore still cost too much and wear out far too quickly to offer the developing world a realistic alternative to coal.”
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A community councillor from Argyll is mounting a landmark legal challenge against the UK and the EU at the United Nations in Geneva this week over their renewables policies, on the grounds that the public is being denied the truth about the alleged benefits, and the adverse impact, of wind power.
The application for the turbine at Wark Common has been withdrawn after national park planners ruled it was lacking in vital information. In a letter to the county council, Northumberland National Park Authority said it considered the information provided in the re-application to be "deficient" in terms of the level of landscape and visual impact work undertaken.
A thousand wind turbines are on course to be built in the Scottish Borders thanks to the SNP's "backroom bullying" of the local council to ignore public opposition, it has been claimed. Campaigners said official figures showed wind farm developers have already built or have planning permission for 403 turbines in the picturesque tourist area.
She said there was no need for the "march of the turbines" to continue but SNP ministers were unwilling to review the situation or listen to "besieged" communities' concerns. Miss Davidson delivered the attack during a keynote speech marking her first anniversary as leader in which she argued that the state in Scotland has become so bloated it is harming society.
Almost 4,000 turbines are scheduled to be built across Britain over the next few years, to add to the 3,800 already in operation. Mr Hayes said that only a minority of these are likely to be given the go-ahead. "We can no longer have wind turbines imposed on communities. Enough is enough," said Mr Hayes, whose constituency is in Lincolnshire.
Television historian Neil Oliver has launched a blistering attack on the Scottish Government and its green energy plans. Oliver, best known for presenting the BBC's Coast series, spoke out against the increasing numbers of "intrusive and uglifying" wind farms, warning they could ruin every view in Scotland.
Almost 8,000 people signed the petition calling for a ban on wind turbines in Anglesey's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a 1.5km buffer zone between commercial turbines and homes on the island.
With many U.K. wind farms sited on hilltops in the countryside, the comments raise the prospect that wind-farm developers may find it harder to get planning permission. Almost a third of lawmakers in Hayes's Conservative Party wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron in January calling wind turbines "inefficient and intermittent."
Mountaineers were among campaigners opposed the six new turbines at Lochluichart wind farm as the famous Ben Wyvis peak would have views over the extension. Despite 124 objections - compared to nine in support - Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has granted consent.
Angry residents have slammed a Scottish Government decision to overrule councillors and a decision to refuse a wind turbine development in a Lothian beauty spot. A proposal to build two 70-metre high turbines at Ferneylea Farm was rejected by East Lothian Council in March over fears it would harm the landscape.