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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

You've wasted our time, firm is told

OPPONENTS of a proposal to build a wind farm on a Northumberland moor yesterday handed a bill for about £60,000 to the applicant, after deeming a public inquiry a waste of time. Save Northumberland's Environment (Sane) said npower renewables should not have pursued its application to erect 18 125m turbines at Middlemoor, near South Charlton in Alnwick district, all the way to the hearing. The group said npower had known about the Ministry of Defence's opposition to its plan on aviation grounds for several years, which members say made a costly public inquiry pointless. Sane had invested in the region of £60,000 opposing the proposals at the hearing on the grounds that the turbines would irreparably harm scenic countryside.
4 Dec 2007

Hearing on 21-turbine wind farm

Planners have recommended councillors do not oppose a proposed wind farm which has sparked concerns for wild geese and archaeological sites. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has objected to the 21-turbine scheme at Shebster, near Thurso. Historic Scotland said it would have an "unacceptable adverse impact" on ancient sites including cairns. The Scottish Government is consulting local Highland councillors, who will hold a hearing on Tuesday.
3 Dec 2007

Wind Farm Inquiry Day 12

"Wind turbines, by their scale and movement, are the most visually intrusive of all developments. "The applicant has chosen a site visible from a wide range of the most sensitive and valued locations in Northumberland, and has elected to apply for a number and scale of turbines which are inappropriate for this landscape." On the matter of MoD objections over the impact on radar at RAF Brizlee Wood, she added: "Unless the laws of physics are overturned, this development cannot go ahead and permit Brizlee Wood air defence radar to function. "Such immutable laws are not overturned.
3 Dec 2007

Damning wind turbines report released

report into the handling of a planning application to build Lincolnshire's biggest wind farm has been released. Planners at East Lindsey District Council made a catalogue of errors in dealing with the 20-turbine wind farm at Conisholme. It was first refused and then later approved by East Lindsey District planners in 2005.
3 Dec 2007

Wind farm inquiry: closing arguments

"The Ministry of Defence expresses its strongest possible opposition to this proposal. "The one and only basis of its opposition is that this proposal will have a serious adverse effect on the operation and effectiveness of the Air Defence Radar System of the United Kingdom through its effect upon the radar at Brizlee Wood." The Ministry of Defence also submitted a condition to the inquiry, that, should the wind farm proposal be approved by inspector Alan Novitzky, the ultimate decision on the erection of the wind farm should lie with the Air Officer of Battleship movement, who is described as the "person best capable of making the judgement as to the effect upon the efficacy on the air defence system caused by the proposed development".
29 Nov 2007

Councillors vote down wind farm permission

Councillors in Conwy have voted to refuse planning permission for the development of a windfarm near Cerrigydrudion. Mwdwl Eithin, situated in the heart of the countryside, was the proposed site of a 12 turbine wind farm by developer Nuon, but at the last planning meeting county councillors decided not to grant the application. Their decision went against the recommendation of local authority planning officers, but represented the views of the majority of local residents. ..."Wind farms should only be developed when they are supported by local communities. "Everyone would agree for the need for more sustainable and renewable energy and wind power certainly has a role to play, but there must be sensitivity to the effects of wind farms on local communities and their impact on the countryside, particularly in relation to tourism."
29 Nov 2007

Wind farm faces storm of protest

Objectors have pledged to "vigorously oppose" the planned £75 million 20turbine Davidstow community wind farm plan - despite major changes to the scheme aimed at appeasing protestors.Community Windpower Ltd says it has now redesigned the wind farm proposals planned for Davidstow Woods as a result of earlier consultation with the community. ..."Our initial reaction is that these revisions would reduce neither the proliferation of wind turbines in North Cornwall, nor the adverse effect which these huge machines would have on the local landscape and wildlife."
28 Nov 2007

Special Report: Discontent over turbine proposal

A PUBLIC meeting has been called to discuss controversial proposals to erect 13 wind turbines across a swathe of Fenland countryside. Peterborough City Council planning chiefs are currently assessing applications for two separate schemes on neighbouring strips of land abutting the Cambridgeshire border. ...Mr Potts said: "We respectfully ask that any application for wind turbines is taken after the findings of Defra's investigation. We do not want the Fens to become a dumping ground for these inefficient systems."
27 Nov 2007

Planners: Lewis wind farm proposals need to be scaled down

A controversial wind farm proposal for the Outer Hebrides should be further scaled down until it contains one-fifth of the turbines originally proposed, planning officials have recommended. A report to be put to councillors next week urges the proposed £200m development on the Pairc Estate on Lewis should contain 26 turbines. In June, Scottish and Southern Energy announced it was scaling down the number of turbines from 125 to 57 but that they would be bigger than those originally planned. ...In total, 31 turbines are being recommended for deletion, leaving a remainder of 26 turbines, which would produce 93.6 megawatts of electricity.
27 Nov 2007

Council 'to treat wind farms on merits'

Councillor David Markinson put forward a motion to the council asking it to oppose any proposed wind farms in the district, because he claims there are doubts about the efficiency and environmental benefits. ...Mr Markinson's motion to the council said: "In light of the increasing doubts about the efficiency and environmental effects of onshore wind farms, this council resolves to oppose any further proposals in west Norfolk until further substantial evidence becomes available."
27 Nov 2007

Anger at £23m wind farm plan

Residents are raging over plans for a huge wind farm. Around 10 turbines nearly as big as Blackpool Tower have been planned for a site near Marton. ...residents oppose the plans. They claim, ..."The desire to build wind farms is not based on local needs but is driven by the profit motives of the companies and by the greed and selfishness of the landowners involved.
26 Nov 2007

Windfarm battle

Derek Gilpin, who owns a shop on Arlecdon Road, said villagers would be rallying around to get more information about the effects of windfarms and what they can do to oppose the plans. He said: “Everyone who I spoke to was 100 per cent against it. I have not found anyone for it. They are a blot on the landscape and they don’t work for the small amount they put in. “Everyone is against them here. If they go up they are likely to be on the crest of the hill at Moresby Moss. We will be able to see them from our house. It will be about three- quarters of a mile away. “The meeting was the company’s way of trying to sell them to people. Local people have been meeting with scientists to get more information.”
26 Nov 2007

Wind turbines battle strategy to be drawn up

Villagers who have already fought plans to build three wind farms near their homes are preparing for another battle. Protesters in Gedney Hill are holding a public meeting today to discuss the possibility of another wind farm application near their homes. Spanish firm IBERDROLA UK has sent a scoping report to South Holland District Council to find out about the viability of building up to ten turbines at Langary Gate, near Gedney Hill.
26 Nov 2007

Nine wind farm appeals lodged

NINE appeals have been made against Meridian Energy's resource consent application to build 176 wind turbines on the Lammermoor range. Environment Court case manager Chris Jordan said more appeals could be lodged but it seemed most appellants had received hearing results on or before November 1. ...Contact Energy wants a condition in the consents to guarantee Otago's transmission lines can handle output from the development before the turbines start generating.
23 Nov 2007

Wandylaw wind farm developers to appeal

WIND farm developers are to lodge an appeal against Berwick Borough Council's refusal of its 10 turbine scheme near Ellingham. RidgeWind's proposal for Wandylaw was turned down by councillors last month even though planning officers had recommended approval. ...There was also a late reversal by the Ministry of Defence who objected to Wandylaw just before the hearing, despite having issued three letters of no objection in the prior 18 months. "During the appeal process, we will continue to work hard to counter misleading information about wind farms we have seen recently which only deflect reasoned discussion away from the genuine merits of the project," said Mr Goodhew.
22 Nov 2007

Experts to ban wind farms from West Mayo

THERE was a large turnout for last Wednesday night's public meeting to discuss the Draft Wind Energy Strategy which forms part of the draft Mayo County Development Plan. ...A line running North- South down the centre of the county shows that no permission will be given for wind farms in the West of the county even though this is where the highest winds speeds are found and where it would be most economically viable to set up a wind turbine. This draft plan had been prepared by experts in Dublin who were attempting to preserve the scenic beauty of the West of the county and to protect the peat lands in the area.
21 Nov 2007

First onshore wind farm gets go-ahead

SUFFOLK's first onshore wind farm has been given the final go-ahead and work will begin next year, it has been announced. But campaigners against the wind farm at Parham said they were taking legal advice in a bid to stop the development. Planning permission had been granted in July last year but in recent months, developer Your Energy had asked for a modification to the plans, which would have involved longer blades on the turbines. ...John Constable, chairman of the local residents' group No Wind Farm at Parham (Nowap), said the council had "rushed through" consent without putting a variation in the plans to the council's development control committee.
20 Nov 2007

Wind masts to stay in place

Two 165ft-high wind monitors could stay on a Northeast hillside for three more years even though the land they stand on is considered unsuitable. The masts, one on Cloiche Dubh and the other on Black Hill, were erected in 2003 to gather data for a proposed windfarm at Clashindarroch Forest near Huntly. Scottish Ministers ruled that the land was not suitable for a renewable energy development. But now council planners have backed two separate proposals to keep the masts in place to allow for further information gathering.
19 Nov 2007

Decision day looms for Brent Knoll wind farm

THE final decision on whether a controversial wind farm near Brent Knoll will be given the go ahead is expected to be announced on Friday. After months of planning meetings and appeal inquiries the planning inspectorate will announce whether or not five wind turbines will be built at a farm off Stoddens Lane. ...The nearest village is Brent Knoll, which is 600m north-east of the proposed site. Several residents of the village were present throughout the entire appeal and the 40 stalwarts were personally thanked by Mr Brookes at the close of the inquiry.
19 Nov 2007
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