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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

Lammermuirs' wild beauty 'at risk from wind farms'

The Scottish Wild Land Group said the number of wind farms proposed for the Lammermuirs risked losing their character, while the John Muir Trust described the lack of a strategic plan to ensure the farms were located in the most sensible places as "one of the biggest mistakes" of the previous Scottish Executive administration. Mr Havers, 56, said: "My argument has always been that the Lammermuirs have sort of been taken by stealth. In the Lammermuirs, it's just creeping, creeping, creeping.
1 Mar 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 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

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

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

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

Attenborough faces green protests over opera's wind turbine

Sir David Attenborough, the naturalist and wildlife broadcaster, has enraged countryside campaigners by supporting a 70 metre tall wind turbine for Glyndebourne opera house. In an unlikely stand-off, the veteran environmentalist is on collision course with the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). Conservationists object to the wind turbine because the site is in the South Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. ...He believes the wind turbine will reduce pollution in the area and help to save the wider planet from the impacts of climate change. His views are set out in a submission sent in advance to the planning inspectorate.
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

Wind turbine 'would damage South Downs'

Protesters are preparing for the latest round in a bitter dispute over a massive wind turbine proposed by the world-famous Glyndebourne Opera House. They claim that if it is allowed the 230-feet-high turbine will spoil the iconic beauty of the South Downs countryside. ...Ruth Chambers, the deputy chief executive of the Council for National Parks, said: "This case raises important national issues as it would be the largest turbine in any national park in England once the park comes into being. We are fully behind the local groups in opposing this threat to the precious downland landscape."
25 Feb 2008

Gridlocked: Our future

"Developers interested only in a quick buck are making different offers in different bits of the country, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are at the throats of councils, quangos at the throats of everybody, communities disquieted, and the national strategic interest forgotten about." The lack of leadership and the absence of a national energy plan had made some developers "unscrupulous", Smith claimed. "Irresponsible mischief" had been made by environmental groups and politicians, while Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency had been "curiously inflexible" he said.
24 Feb 2008

Record number of wind farm projects rejected

A record number of wind farm projects were refused planning permission in Britain last year, according to new figures seen by The Observer. The average amount of time taken to decide whether to approve a project - 24 months - is also at a record high. The figures will be published by the British Wind Energy Association later this month. ...These difficulties, as well as soaring costs, seem to be putting developers off submitting new applications.
24 Feb 2008

Tories ditch green taxes

David Cameron is to abandon plans for "green" taxes amid fears of a backlash from voters unhappy about having to pay for climate change. A leaked policy paper commissioned by the Tory leader warns that action on the environment is too often seen in terms of "consumer sacrifice". Instead the document urges Cameron to copy the more positive "can do" strategy of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California governor, who has invested huge sums in businesses developing green technologies.
23 Feb 2008

Wind farm plan would do harm to battlefield

One of Britain's top historians has expressed serious concern at plans to build a wind farm next to the Naseby battlefield. Professor Richard Holmes, who is president of the Battlefields Trust, said he feared the seven, 377ft turbines which power company E.ON wants to build close to the Northamptonshire site could have a real negative impact. He said: "It does seem bizarre that when you have a site of this quality and importance in an area which is so remarkable and unspoilt they could even consider doing something like this, which would have such an impact. "I think any reasonable person would certainly not be for it." The Battle of Naseby was one of the most important battles ever fought in England.
23 Feb 2008

Wind farms: the landscape -v- bird debate

Britian's biggest conservation charity, the Royal Society fir the Protection of Birds, announced Wednesday (February 20) that is was about to start issuing maps of important bird-flight routes in the North of England to help planners decide the future sites of wind farms. The first map will cover Cumbria with others on Morecambe Bay and the Lancashire coast to follow. ... We could get these monsters in the Dales because we are ordered to have them by the European Union. Its bureaucrats never listen to what people say because they consider us a mere nuisance. But they do pay attention to the environmentalists. With a bit of luck, the RSPB will say that these plans would cause too much bird kill - and we Dalesfolk could be saved!
22 Feb 2008

Wind firm wants an inquiry into windfarm appeals

An energy firm is asking the Government to hold a joint inquiry to consider appeals into the rejection of plans for two windfarms in West Cumbria. Broadview Energy Developments Ltd on Monday appealed to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government into Allerdale Borough Council's non-determination of its plan for five wind turbines at Warwick Hall Farm, Westnewton. ...It wants a joint inquiry held into plans for that development, and for a plan by Nuon renewables for five turbines at Brownrigg Hall Farm, near Allonby.
21 Feb 2008

Council chiefs fight back over Redcar wind farm

The green light for a wind farm off Redcar is to be challenged in the High Court. Redcar and Cleveland Council has confirmed it will contest the Government's decision to allow EDF Energy's proposed wind farm. Permission was granted last September for the controversial scheme to proceed, without a public inquiry. Now the council will challenge that decision in the High Court on March 13. The council said it was acting on behalf of 6,500 people who objected to Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, John Hutton.
21 Feb 2008

Residents fear turbine eyesore

Yesterday, E.ON held a public meeting in the Northamptonshire village where computer generated photographs showing what the 377ft turbines would look like from the battlefield were put on show. The plans shocked residents who turned out in force to give their opinions. Wendy Westall, who lives close to where the turbines would be sited, said: "We're utterly and totally opposed to them. "They're just not appropriate for this historic area. Everyone around here is very proud of the battlefield and we want to protect it."
21 Feb 2008

Turbines would damage tourism for miles around

Pat Northgraves, owner of High Farm Country Park, which is next to the proposed site of the wind farm at Routh, near Beverley, said the plans could threaten local businesses. He said: "Tourism is a key economic driver within the area. "This business could be irrevocably damaged if the proposals proceed. "It would put something at risk, which we built up from scratch and which relies on the natural resources of the region for its continued success. "This risk is unacceptable."
21 Feb 2008

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