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Lotus turbine poised for refusal

Controversial proposals to develop a windfarm at Norfolk sports-car manufacturer Lotus's test track have been recommended for refusal by district planners. ...Objectors include the Ministry of Defence, which claims the turbines would cause "unacceptable interference" to the air- defence radar at RAF Trimingham, as well as neighbouring residents who fear their lives will be blighted by the structures. Among the concerns are the visual impact over large areas of unspoilt countryside, the industrial nature of the development, potential noise and shadow flicker, and the effect on farm animals and wildlife. There have been 111 protest letters and six in support.
24 Oct 2007

Marshland vote no to turbines

MORE than three quarters of Marshland St James residents who voted in a parish poll are against wind turbines in their area. Just under half of the 962 registered voters took part in Thursday's poll, which was demanded by parishioners at a meeting last month. It asked residents whether they wanted wind turbines on land within or surrounding their parish and out of 442 votes cast, 341 said no, while 101 said yes.
16 Oct 2007

'Prove it won't spoil dreaming spires view'

A full environmental study on a wind turbine test mast must be made before city planners decide whether it would spoil views of the 'dreaming spires'. ...A city council spokesman said: "We had asked the Co-op to withdraw the planning application as it lacked certain important information. "This included a landscape assessment which looked at how the character of the landscape would be affected.
11 Oct 2007

Windfarm anger

VILLAGERS near Aspatria are angry about plans to build a windfarm on their doorstep. Five turbines - each more than 100 metres high - would be sited on a ridge to the south of Westnewton. ..."This development would be hugely detrimental to the village - both in visual terms and noise nuisance.
10 Oct 2007

Windfarm hopes may be dashed

A group of north-east farmers granted permission to create a windfarm three months ago could have their hopes dashed this week after council officials marked the project for refusal. a report to go before councillors on Thursday, director of planning and environmental services Christine Gore recommends the plans are rejected because it would have "an adverse impact on the character of the area" and because the four wind turbines would have an "unacceptable cumulative impact".
2 Oct 2007

Council wind turbine row

A report from the Planning Inspectorate concerning a resident's appeal for a wind turbine application to City of York Council supported the council's standpoint. In the report, J Chance stated: "Such schemes should not be at the expense of detracting from neighbouring residents' enjoyment of their properties and in this case insufficient information has been provided to conclude that the proposal would not harm the living conditions of existing residential occupiers."
28 Sep 2007

Villagers reject windfarm plans

PARISH councillors this week unanimously rejected contentious plans to four wind turbines between Ormesby St Margaret and Hemsby - citing risks to aircraft and migrating geese, as well as being blots on the landscape. Members of Ormesby St Margaret Parish Council voted against the scheme to set up the 415ft towering turbines between the two villages.
27 Sep 2007

MoD opposes windfarm plans

THE Ministry of Defence is poised to shoot down plans for a triple wind farm development in the Knowesgate area. ...The Ministry's objections will come as a body blow to the developers of the three windfarms, whose plans go before a public inquiry in January.
25 Sep 2007

Setback for wind farm plans

FORMAL approval for bigger blades on wind turbines planned for a former airfield site has been put on hold after legal issues were raised by objectors. ...Lawyers had argued that the application to increase the blade length of the turbines at Parham had not been correctly handled by the district council, claiming that the law required a new and full application, including a Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
25 Sep 2007

No limit on wind turbines

There is no set limit on the turbines that can be erected in the area, and Allerdale council's planning officer, Ric Outhwaite, said targets for wind farms set by the government are being raised once they are reached. ...[veteran anti-windfarm campaigner] Mike Hall said "Our countryside is simply being destroyed as a political gesture."
21 Sep 2007

Wind turbines to be built despite residents' fears

Wayne Riddell, one of the objectors, said they would have a devastating effect on nearby wild geese. He said: "It is proposed to erect giant windmills in the birds' flight path so they will be bashed to bits. "I strongly oppose the ad-hoc proliferation of these huge eyesores which are blighting Scotland's beautiful landscape for very little benefit." But the committee has authorised officers to give the go ahead to the turbines, which will feed into the national grid, subject to 23 conditions.
19 Sep 2007

Big blow for wind turbine scheme

CONTROVERSIAL plans for three wind turbines at a West Lancashire beauty spot have been blocked by planners. The application by Damian Culshaw to build three wind turbines on Cliff's Farm, on Mawdesley Moss, was turned down by a majority vote. Chorley Borough Council refused the application on the grounds that it was an inappropriate development within Green Belt land.
13 Sep 2007

End of Syderstone wind farm plan?

CAMPAIGNERS against a proposed windfarm near Syderstone are celebrating after West Norfolk Council refused plans for the "first stage" of the development. e.on UK, one of the country's largest energy suppliers, had hoped to erect a 50- metre climate monitoring mast on farmland between the parish of Bagthorpe-with-Barmer and Syderstone, known as Chiplow. But members of the development control board refused planning permission at a meeting on Monday after steadfast opposition from residents and parish councils in East Rudham, Stanhoe and Syderstone.
7 Sep 2007

Power company undeterred by turbine 'no'

"The people of the village who were eligible to vote in the parish poll in August have shown that they do not want the wind turbine farm or the anemometer and the planners have taken that view on board in making their decision," said Mr Taylor. Also pleased at the result was Reg Thompson, vice chairman of the action group called Against Turbines at Chiplow". He said : "With over 500 off shore turbines approved along the Norfolk coast, the county has more than met its quota for renewable energy. I believe that the decision at the meeting sends a clear message to the power companies and greedy landowners that there should be no more shore wind farms blighting our beautiful Norfolk countryside".
6 Sep 2007

Locals lose battle over East Mayo windfarm

Permission was originally granted in 2002 for three turbines in the area of Mace Upper. When the developer, Noel Walsh, applied to install bigger turbines, there were eight letters of objection from local residents. Concerns were raised about health and safety, noise pollution, loss of property value and the impact on scenery and tourism. Despite these issues, permission for higher turbines with larger propellers was granted in December 2006.
5 Sep 2007

Protest at plans for wind farms

A campaign is mounting against plans for two wind farms in North Cornwall where residents say their surroundings have become a "dumping ground" for renewable energy projects. Green energy company Ecotricity wants to build four turbines to generate enough energy to power 9,000 homes, which is twice as much as Delabole windfarm. However, campaigners against the scheme are gathering support after a meeting last week when 200 people met at Clease Hall in Camelford to voice their opposition to plans for the two new wind farms.
25 Aug 2007

Planners warned of windfarm dangers

Highland planners were warned yesterday that they risked flooding communities and landing taxpayers with huge fines if they approved a raft of windfarm applications in a wildlife haven on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. Scottish Tory MEP Struan Stevenson told local objectors to five schemes planned for the pristine Dava Moor near Grantown that he had submitted their complaints to EC Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas. He hoped the commissioner's legal officers would visit to verify that, cumulatively, the projects would breach bird, peat bog and habitat legislation.
24 Aug 2007

Wind farm threatens ‘divide’

Polarised views on proposals to build a wind farm in the South Lakeland countryside could divide the close-knit community living nearby. More than 100 people from Old Hutton gathered at the village hall on Tuesday to view plans drawn up by Banks Developments for a five to eight turbine wind farm at Armitstead on the outskirts of the village. The proposals sparked anger among many local people when they were announced last week and prompted an emergency meeting and the setting up of A Blot - a pressure group made up of residents opposed to the wind farm due to the impact it would have on the local landscape and wildlife.
24 Aug 2007

Decision on Burnham-On-Sea wind farm due in November

A decision on whether controversial plans to build a wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham will proceed will be made in November, it was announced on the final day of this week's appeal hearing. Planning inspector Robin Brookes of The Planning Inspectorate told the audience on Thursday morning (August 23rd): "My best estimate for a decision is Friday November 23rd."
24 Aug 2007
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