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President Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused of committing a "grave attack on the collective memory" of Second World War allies after he approved a giant wind farm complex off the D-Day coast.
"If we carry on developing these turbines all over the place there will come a point that it will be recognised that Scotland is a place for turbines rather than a place for natural beauty."
Huge wind turbines look set to be given planning permission near to a village, and there are fears more could soon be built at another nearby location in the future.
Some of the people who had been fighting the plans for five years broke down in tears when North Devon District Council's planning committee turned down the application to build a wind farm close to Exmoor National Park on Wednesday evening.
The tide seems to be turning against the controversial proliferation of wind farms in the central Borders. On Monday, the planning committee of Scottish Borders Council took just half-an-hour to unanimously reject a bid for eight huge turbines at Broadmeadows, just west of Selkirk and close to the Southern Upland Way.
Mr Davies described how the problem is not only the turbines, but the need for two vast substations and 100 miles of steel pylons, up to 150ft high, to carry the electricity into Shropshire to connect with the National Grid. But although he may have spoken eloquently about the visual and social impact of this project, he failed to spell out its nonsensical economic implications.
Renewable energy company Infinis, which operates 12 turbines at Lissett, is investigating the potential for a wind farm between Bishop Burton and Walkington. The move has sparked fears that a large wind farm will be developed on up to 250 acres of land between the villages.
Councillors in Huntingdonshire are being asked to back a bid which could set a minimum distance of two kilometres between wind farms and homes. Nearly 800 people signed a petition calling on Huntingdonshire District Council to draw up a policy on the location of wind farms and housing - well over the 500 limit required to force a debate on the issue.
Associate director Neil Gray stated: "The proposed development risks impacting on the landscape and visual resources of Strathearn, including its effect on the Gleneagles Hotel Historic Garden and Designed Landscape.
"As an island nation it does seem strange that it's taken us more than six decades to start thinking about how we protect our seascapes, these wonderful yet fragile places that mean so much to people," he said. Mr Dyke said offshore wind is a worry.
The John Muir Trust is a wild land conservation charity. SNH statistics show that the percentage of Scotland's natural landscape visually unaffected by built development dropped from 41% in 2002 to 28% in 2009. This was mostly due to industrial-scale wind developments and infra-structure.
“Not only will turbines be visible from our towns and villages; but the SUP, with turbines along this section, will no longer be a tranquil upland route and the spectacular open view west from the Three Brethren will be gone – at least for our lifetime.”
Councillors threw out plans for a wind farm over fears of the impact it would have on the surrounding landscape, a meeting next week is expected to reveal. North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee voted last month to deny permission for the six-turbine Grange Wind Farm facility at Flixborough Grange over the potential impact on landscape.
Members rejected the appeal last week on the grounds that the existing level of wind turbine development in the Eastern Lammermuirs was such that the environment was prejudiced beyond reasonable measure to permit further turbines. In particular, members felt that any turbines of this nature and size in this general location would definitely impact to the detriment of the Area of Great Landscape Value.
It is one of Scotland's most famous and impressive Victorian structures but the Skerryvore lighthouse off the coast of Tiree could soon be lost from view. Islanders campaigning against the siting of a massive off-shore windfarm to the southwest of Tiree have warned that the Stevenson-built structure will be hidden in a forest of massive turbines is ScottishPower is given the go-ahead for the Argyll Array.
In a paper entitled Windfarms: Time to Change Direction? the Northamptonshire branch of CPRE said the organisation should "re-evaluate" its support for [wind farms] in the light of new evidence suggesting "that the generation of electricity from wind is not an effective way of reducing carbon emissions". There are lots of reasons for believing this, but the main one is probably the fact that there is as yet no economic way of storing electricity.
The reality is that, as Britain flaunts its environmental credentials by speckling its coastlines and unspoiled moors and mountains with thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to a vast man-made lake of poison in northern China. This is the deadly and sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the ‘green' companies profiting from the demand for wind turbines would prefer you knew nothing about.
Jacky Bonnemains, president of Robin des Bois (Robin Hood), a militant French ecological group, said: "I find it extraordinary no one in government grasps that this will change forever the character of a place of sacred memory. They just don't seem to care." In future, the seascape would be "desecrated" by rows of wind generators, he added.
Bosses at the firm behind the rejected Saxby Wold wind farm say they are considering their options after planners revealed their reasons for refusal. North Lincolnshire Council refused the application for 18 wind turbines by RWE npower Renewables on the grounds it would harm the visual landscape.
"This would be thoroughly unwelcome," he said. "There is ample evidence from around the world that bird strike on wind turbines is a serious issue. On the one hand you are promoting a community forest for nature conservation, including birds such as black grouse, capercaillie and peregrine falcon, and then you bring a wind farm."