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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

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

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

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

EC urged to block blueprint for five sets of generators in Cairngorms National Park

The European Commission has been asked to intervene to stop proposals for five wind farms. The planned developments at Dava Moor, near Grantown on Spey, would mean 130 turbines close to or on the northern boundary of the Cairngorms National Park. Conservative MEP Struan Stevenson yesterday joined the RSPB and 50 other protesters, describing the plans as "environmental vandalism on a grand scale".
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

Wind farm plan for Tallentire

Plans have been revealed for a wind farm at Tallentire. Renewable Energy Systems Ltd want to build the turbines on land between Gilcrux and Tallentire and it hopes to lodge a planning application with Allerdale council in the next few weeks. A public exhibition will be held as part of a public consultation that has included leaflets been sent to homes and businesses in the area.
24 Aug 2007

Officials propose turbine cutback

Council planning officials have recommended approval of a wind farm on a hillside in the Southern Uplands. However, they want the developers Airtricity to reduce the number of turbines from 13 to 11 at the Dumfries and Galloway site. The location earmarked is on top of Whiteside hill - about four miles south west of Sanquhar. A reduction in the size of the plans is among a number of conditions being suggested by planning officers. More than 30 representations have been made about the scheme - the majority opposing the development on grounds of environmental and visual impact as well as concerns about road access. The plans will be considered by members of the council's Nithsdale area committee next week.
24 Aug 2007

Town remains split over plan for wind turbines

Proposals for a community-owned wind farm on Selkirk's Common Good land have been given the green light to progress to the next stage. Around 100 people attended a public meeting in the Victoria Halls last week and voted in favour of commissioning a feasibility study at an estimated cost of £10,000. However, the issue has split Selkirk Regeneration Group (SRG) and caused heated debate, with many fearing the presence of wind turbines on the North or South Common would have a devastating impact on both the local community and tourism in the area.
24 Aug 2007
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