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Green light given for turbine despite airport's fears

EUROPE'S tallest onshore wind turbine so far is on its way to the Northumberland coastline after plans for a major new wind farm were given the green light last night. The monster machine - which will tower 163 metres from base to blade tip and be more than twice as high as Nelson's Column - will be built on the north bank of the River Blyth at Battleship Wharf, near the village of Cambois. It will be one of seven new turbines ...Airport officials say the situation could force them to re-route aircraft away from the structures, and claim that safety fears mean the application should be rejected. However, councillors agreed to grant permission after being told that the airport has been unable to produce any technical evidence to support its concerns.
9 Jan 2008

Councillors continue battle over 250-turbine windfarm plan

A DECISION to keep on pushing for a public inquiry into plans for a 250-turbine windfarm off Llandudno has met a mixed reaction. Councillors in Conwy have voted to carry on opposing plans for one of Europe's largest wind farms, Gwynt y Mor. They also want a public inquiry. The decision, at a special meeting on Friday, comes after npower Renewables submitted new plans to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. The plans included bringing the turbines closer, to cut the scheme's size by 16%.
7 Jan 2008

Debate over giant turbines

Plans to build the country's biggest wind turbine off the Northumberland coast are set to be approved by councillors. If approved the project will see seven new turbines on the north site of the River Blyth to replace the existing Blyth Harbour wind farm. Six of the turbines will tower 125m from base to blade tip while the seventh, planned for the Battleship Wharf site at Cambois, would measure a total of 163m in height - the country's biggest to date. ...Blyth Valley Borough Council has already said it will not object to the project. The turbines will be more than three times bigger than the current structures and much more powerful.
3 Jan 2008

Shake-up demanded in rules over wind farm applications

There must be a shake-up of the application system for wind farms to prevent time and money being wasted, it was claimed today. Tory deputy leader Murdo Fraser said that there were "no real guidelines" to show developers which sites were appropriate. This has led to a "barrage" of applications being submitted for sites in Perthshire and the Stirling area that should not be considered, the mid-Scotland and Fife MSP claimed. Much time and money were then wasted by both the developers and anti-wind farm campaigners confronting each other, when no application should have been made in the first place, he said.
2 Jan 2008

Storm over wind farm noise report

PLANS for a South Yorkshire wind farm could be blown away - unless a power company comes up with an urgent background noise report. Councillors are due to consider an application by Cornwall LIght and Power to build three 95-metre high wind turbines at Loscar Farm, Harthill, on the border of Sheffield and Rotherham, on January 31. But the company has been told that unless it supplies a report on projected background noise from the turbines the application could be refused. Campaigners have already opposed the wind farm plans on the grounds the turbines will be a blot on the landscape and because of possible noise nuisance.
31 Dec 2007

‘Judas money’ rap on wind farm windfalls

Villages could be “bribed” into backing wind farm applications as councillors consider forcing renewable energy groups to set up a community fund in exchange for planning permission. Alnwick Council is looking into a scheme which could see around £100,000 a year paid to residents’ groups in return for planning permission for even small wind farms. The money would come from community fund conditions attached to any renewable energy companies given the green light to build turbines in Northumberland.
31 Dec 2007

Windfarm bid could close Tynedale airfield

Wind turbines could go up on the doorstep of an airfield and close to houses and businesses in Tynedale. Irish-based Pure Renewable Energy is investigating a number of sites near Stocksfield and Hedley-on-the-Hill which would be suitable for windfarms. Land adjacent to Northumberland Gliding Club’s 88-acre base at Currock Hill, near Hedley, has been earmarked. ...The suggested locations have been described as “crazy” by the chairman of Hedley-on-the Hill Parish Council. Coun. Dr. Richard Penny said: “The whole thing is bizarre. They are proposing to put 100 metre high turbines alongside the gliding club runway. “Another is alongside the eighth green at Stocksfield Golf Club. In my opinion, the proposed sites are totally crazy. They are near businesses and houses.”
28 Dec 2007

Challenge to wind farm scheme

The company behind plans to build a wind farm north of Alnwick has launched a legal challenge that could cost taxpayers £75,000. npower renewables has lodged a formal claim in the High Court seeking an order that a planning policy or Alnwick Core Strategy Development Plan Document be quashed and the council pay its legal costs in the proceedings. A public inquiry into the proposals for 18 turbines at Middlemoor, near North Charlton, finished last month.
27 Dec 2007

We must apologise to the residents...'

Apologies to the villagers living in the shadow of Lincolnshire's biggest wind farm park have been made by councillors. Residents in Conisholme deserved an apology, members of East Lindsey District Council said, after mistakes made by the planning department. That was the verdict of an extraordinary council meeting, when councillors agreed to have an investigation by the District Auditor. It followed a review by a firm of lawyers, Pinsent Mason, who highlighted a catalogue of procedural mistakes by planning officers. The main one was that they had failed to notify planning councillors of a landscape assessment in their deliberations over an application by energy firm Ecotricity to build 20 89m-high wind turbines on Fen lane, Conisholme.
21 Dec 2007

Wind farm plan leads to windfall

Controversial plans to create an eight turbine wind farm in the Carron Valley in rural Stirling have been given the go-ahead by the council. ...Despite the promise of payment, the wind farm plan caused divisions among Carron Valley's residents. Planning officials had originally recommended the application be refused. Scottish Natural Heritage also objected to the visual impact of the wind farm. Scotia Wind said if the plans to construct eight turbines 125m in height, a new access road, bridge, electricity sub-station and meteorological monitoring mast went ahead, they would pay an index-linked cash windfall of £48,000 a year to the local community.
20 Dec 2007

'No-win situation' as wind gets the nod

The seven 406ft turbines planned at Petsoe End, Emberton, were given the go-ahead by the city planning committee. But it was anything but a breeze for supporters of the Your Energy project - with councillors split six-five on the crucial vote. ...Cllr Isabella Fraser said: "The council is caught between a rock and a hard place. We are in a no-win situation." She complained of "email harassment" by supporters of the scheme and attacked those in the public gallery for "extremely immature" behaviour in waving placards.
19 Dec 2007

Huff and puff can't stop wind farm

Plans to build a wind farm near Emberton have scraped through despite local opposition. Seven turbines are to be built on Petsoe Manor Farm, near Emberton. ...Peter Geary, of BLEW, said: "The committee last night ruined one of the greatest resources Milton Keynes has. This is the largest unspoilt area of Milton Keynes, the most tranquil place the city has. The footpaths will be ruined and the horse riders won't be able to use the bridal ways as the turbines will be too close." BLEW is considering an appeal.
19 Dec 2007

Ballot papers go out on Baillie turbines proposal

THE first batch of ballot papers were yesterday dispatched to residents who live closest to the proposed site of a contentious 21-turbine wind farm west of Thurso. Caithness West Community Council is surveying the 1000-or-so electors in its patch to find out whether they support or oppose the 57.5 megawatt development. The timing is particularly sensitive as Baillie Wind Farm Ltd's scheme for farmland near Shebster is being tabled at a Highland Council hearing next month. The community council is among the objectors to the proposal, which would add to the existing nearby six-turbine cluster at Forss. But it is pledging to reflect the feedback of the vote in its representation.
14 Dec 2007

Wind farm protesters use blimps to show scale of problem

WIND farm protest groups flew three large blimps on Tuesday to demonstrate to councillors the height and cumulative effects of turbines at three proposed wind farm sites. ...A spokesman for SOUL said: "The very short warning we had of the site visit prevented us from flying the Barmoor blimp as close to the turbine sites as we would have liked, but we hope that councillors will get an idea of the scale of turbines in this unspoiled landscape." The action groups are opposing plans for seven 110m (360ft) turbines at Moorsyde, near West Allerdean, seven 112m (367ft) turbines at Toft Hill, near Grindon and six 110.5m (362ft) turbines between Barmoor Castle and Roughting Linn. All three balloons will be flying again on Saturday, December 15. Berwick Borough Council have said that they expect to decide all three applications early in the New Year.
13 Dec 2007

Denbighshire man's plan scuppered by windfarm

A BUSINESSMAN who wants to open an eco-friendly holiday village could have his plans scuppered - because officials would rather build a windfarm. ...A little-known planning rule wipes out development from areas around windfarms, which are being encouraged as the future of environmentally friendly energy production across Wales. ...WAG guidance states "local authorities should be aware that other developments could sterilise land for wind power proposals." A report to go before Denbighshire's planning committee today says it would therefore be "inappropriate" to grant permission for the cabins - which ironically, would be powered by small turbines.
12 Dec 2007

Turbine plans recommended for approval

Controversial plans for wind turbines in Swaffham and Sporle are being recommended for approval despite strong objections from the Ministry of Defence. Breckland planning officers have backed Next Generation's application to build six turbines on land off Sporle Road, even though the MoD has argued the development could cause a national security risk. The MoD fears the turbines would affect the air defence radar at Trimingham, and the air traffic control radars at RAF Marham and RAF Lakenheath.
10 Dec 2007

Wind farm decision pushed back two weeks

The decision on whether a controversial wind farm will be built near Brent Knoll has been delayed by at least a fortnight. The planning inspectorate told the Weston & Somerset Mercury this week that the final decision, which was due to be announced on November 23, could be another two or three weeks. The decision is about plans to build five wind turbines at a farm off Stoddens Lane near the Somerset village.
7 Dec 2007

Plans to add turbines to wind farm

Plans to add seven more turbines to the county's only wind farm have been submitted, but villagers say the 100 metre-high turbines will be too close to their homes. Burton Wold Wind Farm in Burton Latimer could be extended to 17 turbines after plans were put forward. The £15m project could see the additional turbines providing electricity for a further 7,200 homes in Kettering borough over 25 years. The turbines would be sited less than a mile from Cranford and Burton Latimer. ...Joy Beeby is a resident of Cranford and a member of the parish council. She said: "I am not at all keen. I'm not anti-wind farms but I think that Cranford has enough to put up with at the moment with the threat of thousands of homes being built near the village.
7 Dec 2007

Wind power firm's criticism of MoD

One of Britain's largest green energy companies has damned the MoD as being "biggest single obstacle to wind power in the UK" after it opposed a second Norfolk wind farm. The future of wind energy in the county was thrown into doubt last night after it emerged that the MoD has raised concerns over Ecotricity's plans for six turbines between Sporle and Swaffham. The MoD says that trials conducted in 2004 and 2005 on the effects of wind turbines on radar systems identified that even solitary turbines can significantly reduce operational effectiveness when in line of sight.
6 Dec 2007

Wind farm planners made series of errors

A damning report into the handling of a planning application to build Lincolnshire's biggest wind farm said council officers committed a catalogue of errors. It said planners at East Lindsey District Council made mistakes in dealing with the 20-turbine wind farm at Conisholme, near Louth. ...Lawyers said officers "inappropriately" concluded the benefits of the turbines outweighed any harm to the landscape. They also criticised the lack of minutes taken from crucial meetings about the application. The role of ELDC chief executive Nigel Howells came under the spotlight as he stepped in at the October planning meeting to provide "senior officer presence" because there was no monitoring officer or legal adviser. That was despite him being "closely involved" through correspondence with both Ecotricity and the objectors.
4 Dec 2007
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