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The setting of a historic church in an abandoned village was decisive in scotching plans for five giant wind turbines on the edge of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. ...the inspector ruled, amongst other things, that the development would cause “substantial harm” to the setting of St Decumanus’, its cross and schoolhouse.
This week in a published report, Hywel Wyn Jones of the Welsh Inspectorate speaking about turbine said that while it had merits in terms of the economy and not harm local conservation areas — the nearest of which is at Llanddarog — the visual impact would be an issue from some areas.
Highland Council could find themselves hundreds of thousands of pounds out of pocket after blocking a controversial wind farm south of Inverness – if the company behind it decides to appeal the decision.
The independent report concludes that most installed windfarms have altered the balance of features within the landscape locally ...it notes the potential for harmful adverse cumulative landscape and visual and character effects is increasing, and in more sensitive locations, significant.
Massive wind turbines in Northumberland have “dramatically” and “abruptly” interrupted views of the county’s attractions and landscapes, a council report claims.
I'm not alone in saying turbines have a "visual impact." British landscape painters were up in arms against the wind turbines that were covering the UK's hills in 2006. Their protest echoed a host of other aesthetes, reactionaries, and concerned landowners standing with placards across the country to oppose new wind farms.
Ministers have refused to give consent to two proposed wind farms in the Highlands as they would have a “significant and unacceptable” impact on landscape. Sallachy and Duchally Estates in Sutherland had proposed constructing 22 turbines. Energy giant SSE sought permission for 23 turbines at Glencassley Estate, near Lairg.
Melton Council had originally turned down both applications, in 2012, on grounds that the turbines would, ...be widely visible. But both schemes went to appeal and, in 2013 and planning inspector Wendy Burden gave them the go-ahead. But those decisions were later quashed by the High Court, with the schemes reverting back to the appeal stage.
DCLG’s decision letter said Clark had attached “considerable weight” to the significant adverse effect that the proposal would have on the landscape as well as to neighbouring residential properties.
This study was undertaken to understand the landscape, visual and historic environment effects of operational wind farms in Northumberland in the United Kingdom. The report and its findings can be viewed by clicking on the links on this page. A summary of the findings excerpted from the report is provided below.
The energy minister Andrea Leadsom has refused planning permission for four major onshore wind farms in Mid Wales in a set of decision letters issued this week.
Plans for Britain’s most controversial offshore wind farm are set to be rejected amid fears it would jeopardise the UNESCO World Heritage Site status of the Jurassic Coast, the Telegraph understands.
"I determined that the proposal would result in an undesirable proliferation of turbines on this lowland plateau which would cause considerable harm to both landscape character and visual amenity." Regarding the Peters Marland turbine, Mr Pike said, although the effect on landscape character would be "acceptable" – there would be substantial adverse effect on visual, residential amenity.
Lincoln Cathedral, an imposing building set on a hill in a county renowned for its lack of gradients, has defined the local landscape for hundreds of years. But plans for a wind farm on the nearby estate of vacuum-cleaner tycoon Sir James Dyson, with turbines twice as high as the cathedral, have raised fears that the area’s unique character could be destroyed.
Wind turbines can now be seen from almost half of all places in Scotland, according to the latest figures from the government’s nature agency. A new Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) report shows the scale of areas affected has more than doubled in the past five years, from 19.9 per cent in 2008 to 45.9 per cent in 2013. ...“How much longer will SNH help Scottish ministers to hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil when it comes to industrial wind turbines?”
The £3bn proposal to build one of the world’s biggest wind farms, Navitus Bay, has met stiff opposition from residents and environmentalists.
Resident Richard Lloyd, who spoke on behalf of a host of other residents in attendance, put across a host of arguments against the turbine, with the prominent one being the effect it would have on the local landscape.
"The [International Union for the Conservation of Nature] feel that the wind park would significantly impact on visitors' experience and appreciation of the property in its wider natural setting ...They assert that the development would put the UK in breach of the World Heritage Convention. This would, of course, be a highly undesirable outcome."
A Freedom of Information request found that Bournemouth council had spent far more than the Borough of Poole, which has invested nothing but officer time, and Dorset County Council, which spent £15,000 appraising visuals.
Permission was subject to a condition that the developer had 12 months in which to agree a scheme to mitigate the effects of its turbines on the primary surveillance radar at Newcastle International Airport. The company asked the county council to be allowed to remove the condition, and to vary the condition on turbine height to instead allow 130m models to be used. The council approved the first request but refused the second.