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First turbine looms over future farm

After years of debate over the controversial wind farm and approval granted two years ago, construction has begun. It dominates the Louth Marsh landscape and the view from the Wolds. All 20 turbines are expected to be in place and operating early in the New Year. ...There were 137 letters of protest to the proposal and ELDC's Planning Committee initially refused the application. The controversial site was deemed hazardous to aircraft radar and military jets using RAF Donna Nook bombing range. Councillors also agreed that the visual impact on the Louth Marsh detracted from the spire of St James' Church, Louth.
17 Nov 2007

Expert witness clash

A COUNCIL has clashed with a landscape expert over the suitability of an area of Northumberland countryside for a wind farm. The inquiry being held into a proposed 18-turbine development at South Charlton, near Alnwick, had previously heard how the farm would give the area a "sculptural quality". But yesterday that view was challenged by Alnwick District Council, which opposes the Middlemoor development. Paul Tucker, acting on behalf of the council, clashed with nPower witness, landscape consultant Jeffrey Stevenson, over both the size and location of the development. He said: "In terms of what is proposed, there is no doubt that they are at the top end of the scale.
16 Nov 2007

Coldingham wind farm plan blown away; Permission for Drone Hill turbines refused

After generating huge interest across Berwickshire and beyond, a controversial planning application has been rejected by Scottish Borders Council after it was decided that it contravened key council policies. Meeting on Monday, the Council's Development and Building Control Committee, decided to follow the recommendation of planning officials and unanimously put a halt to the plans to have a windfarm on Coldingham Moor. Since it was originally lodged last year, the application has sparked a vast difference in opinion, gathering responses on a local, national and even international level.
15 Nov 2007

Fury over wind farm ‘threat to landscape'

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a wind farm on Bickerton Hills have caused outrage from angry objectors who say it will blot the South Cheshire landscape. Durham-based Banks Developments Ltd has applied to Crewe & Nantwich Borough Council for planning permission for a 60-metre wind-monitoring mast on land off Long Lane - the first application of its type in the district. ...Residents fear there could be as many as 15 turbines built in the long run and have vowed to fight to keep the area free from any development.
14 Nov 2007

Battle begins over wind farm plans

A wind farm development would cause "unacceptable harm" to the Northumberland landscape, a council has said at the first day of a public inquiry. Yesterday saw the opening of the first of a series of wind farm inquiries that will be held across the county, as Alnwick District Council and nPower Renewables locked horns over the proposed development at North Charlton, close to Alnwick.
14 Nov 2007

Nephin windfarm plan is refused

PLANS to build a wind farm at a site in the Nephin Beg mountain range have fallen foul of rules on the protection of sensitive views and landscapes. ...Because of the scenic and unspoilt location of the site, planners expressed concerns about the suitability of the wind farm project. The turbines were proposed for a location less than 500 metres from the Owenduff/Nephin candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC). This scenic site overlaps with Altaconey Bog, which is a proposed Natural Heritage Area (NHA).
14 Nov 2007

Wind farm plans to get red light

Planning officials have recommended that proposals for a controversial wind farm application in Berwickshire are rejected by Scottish Borders Council. ..."Our natural landscape makes the Borders a beautiful place to live and that is something we should work hard to preserve," he said. "I also think it is important that the views of residents are properly taken into consideration, and I hope that is the case as councillors from the planning committee visit the site today." The government's emphasis on supporting wind power over other renewable sources, should also be questioned, he added.
9 Nov 2007

ANOTHER huge wind farm set for Walney

THE group behind a second huge wind farm planned for the sea off Walney says its construction will create 200 jobs. The latest proposal for 139 turbines, many of them taller than Blackpool Tower, means that within a few years there will be more than 300 turbines off the Barrow coast. The company behind the plan has promised to give as much work as it can to local contractors. On Wednesday the government gave the go-ahead for the first large wind farm off Walney planned by Danish energy group Dong. It is to develop a 75 square kilometre Walney Wind Farm with up to 152 giant turbines operating 14 miles off Walney.
9 Nov 2007

Reasons for wind farm refusal redrafted

Following concerns from council planning officers about the reasons given for the refusal of planning permission for Wandylaw wind farm, the eight reasons given for refusal at the meeting at Berwick High School on October 23 have been redrafted, clarified, and approved by the council planning committee. Concerns over the original reasons were that some could not be substantiated and would not stand up to any possible appeal by developers ...
8 Nov 2007

Wind turbine plans thrown out

Controversial plans for a weather-testing mast in Essington which could have led to a 119-metre wind turbine dominating the skyline have been thrown out amid claims it would distract drivers on the M54 and M6. Around 40 members of South Staffordshire District Council’s regulatory committee last night voted unanimously against the proposals by Essington company Ibstock Bricks. The firm wanted to build a 40-metre temporary structure at its quarry in Warstone Road.
7 Nov 2007

Offshore wind farm planned for Irish Sea

UK Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks has given the go-ahead for a major wind project 14km from Walney Island, off the coast of Cumbria. The Walney wind farm, from developer DONG Energy, is expected to have somewhere between 93-152 turbines, producing enough clean electricity for approximately 360,000 homes when fully operational in 2013. The world's largest offshore wind project - the 1000MW London Array - has also now received its final consent.
7 Nov 2007

Planners recommend refusal for Coldingham wind farm plan; Proposal would have adverse affect on landscape

A PLANNING application which has generated huge interest in Berwickshire and beyond has been recommended for refusal when it tops the agenda at a council meeting next week. Although Scottish Borders Council's Development Control Committee will have the final say when they meet on Monday, in his report the head of planning and building standards, Brian Frater, has recommended that the proposed windfarm development on Coldingham Moor, should go no further. And this week, the applicant PM Renewables has expressed disappointment and shock at the news that their proposals haven't found favour with planning officials. ...The deciding factor appears to be the adverse impact such a development would have on the Coldingham landscape. Not only was it ruled that the turbines would be highly visible to visitors to the area, the drastic effect on existing residents was also taken into account.
7 Nov 2007

Windfarm firm urged to scale down turbines

Plans to build a windfarm on the moors near Littleborough could be acceptable if they were changed to include fewer, smaller turbines. That is the verdict of a report commissioned by Lancashire County Council into Coronation Power's proposals to erect 12 125m high turbines at Crook Hill. The report ...in its present form the windfarm would spoil the views across the hills and affect the landscape.
6 Nov 2007

No decision yet on windfarm appeal

FOLLOWING the decision by Berwick Borough Council planning committee to refuse the planning application for 10 wind turbines at Wandylaw, the developers, RidgeWind, have said they have not yet decided on whether to appeal the decision. Nigel Goodhew, director of RidgeWind, told the 'Advertiser': "Obviously we are totally dismayed at the decision. We are reviewing all the options that are available to us. This is the one project that had received positive planning recommendation and had incredible support, and independent and neutral surveys and reports endorsed the proposal," he added. "We feel that this was a unique opportunity which has been possibly missed."
1 Nov 2007

Wind turbine plan blown out

Plans for wind turbines have been blown-out hours before the controversial proposals were due to go before planners. Brighton and Hove City Council has announced it will be deferring the plans for the turbines on its headquarters at Kings House, Grand Avenue in Hove. It was due to be discussed by the council's planning committee tomorrow. ...Council leader Brian Oxley said: "We think it needs to be looked at very carefully and want to make sure we get best value for money, assess the visual intrusion and noise and look at the pay off of the power produced. "We want to make sure it is the right scheme." The turbines had come under criticism from residents living near the seafront building.
30 Oct 2007

School turbine plan put on hold

An application for a 25 metre-high wind turbine at Plymstock's Coombe Dean School has been withdrawn ...The school applied for planning permission from Plymouth City Council in July but had to withdraw its application this week due to the lack of "noise information" provided.
29 Oct 2007

Turbines 'waste of taxpayers' money'

Wind turbines earmarked for the roof of two council buildings are an ineffective and expensive publicity stunt, according to residents. ...Ray Farrow, who runs renewable energy company Wind Power Energy, said the officers were using the wrong type of turbines which do not have the power to make a difference to the authority's carbon footprint. "I have spent some time looking through the proposed installation of wind turbines ...it is an expensive publicity stunt. "
29 Oct 2007

Wind turbines could be sited in forests

Fresh controversy is brewing after First Minister Rhodri Morgan announced wind turbines could spring up on Forestry Commission land. Mr Morgan told an audience at the Liberty Stadium yesterday that wind farm developers are to come up with plans for the land, which lies in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire as well as Mid and North Wales. Opponents said it should be left alone for walkers and tourists. Mr Morgan insisted Wales had to take action to combat climate change by increasing its production of renewable energy and that wind farms were, for the time being, the best method of doing that.
26 Oct 2007

Green energy plans hit hitch

WIND power is not the only answer to the Government's renewable energy problem, according to the North-East's climate change experts. Despite a warning from energy groups that the UK is unlikely to tackle climate change without more wind farms, scientists from across the region have insisted there are plenty of alternatives. Their words have come after planners at Berwick Council rejected a 10-turbine application on Tuesday. And while most of the region's growing renewable energy sector supports wind turbines, alternatives are being lined up because of the growing objections to the turbines.
25 Oct 2007

Wandylaw wind farm plan is refused

BERWICK Borough Council has refused the Wandylaw windfarm planning application from RidgeWind Ltd for 10 turbines, situated near Ellingham, by eight votes to two at a special meeting of the planning committee on Tuesday night. The reasons given for the refusal of the application included the "detrimental visual impact on north Northumberland", the cumulative effect had both Wandylaw and Middlemoor windfarms been given the go-ahead, the proposed extension of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) right up to the A1, and also national security and public safety issues regarding Ministry of Defence radar interference.
24 Oct 2007

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