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Plans to expand the Scout Moor wind farm by more than half have been recommended for approval by planning officers - despite opposition from the Ministry of Defence.
“Ministers have been clear that onshore wind energy developments should only get the go-ahead if it is supported by local people through local and neighbourhood plans. Developers will continue to have the right to appeal planning decisions, But any appeal would have to take into account this clear requirement for local backing.”
Residents are to be handed powers to stop onshore wind farms being built, ministers will announce today. The Tories have vowed to ‘halt the spread’ of unsightly turbines by preventing wind farms from being ‘imposed on communities without consultation or public support’.
Britain on Wednesday confirmed plans to give local authorities the planning consent power for onshore wind farms but said it would announce measures to end subsidies separately. Britain's Queen Elizabeth outlined the new government's agenda in a speech on Wednesday.
Proposals have been submitted to Rossendale and Rochdale councils by the Scout Moor Wind Farm Expansion Limited (SMWFEL), a joint venture between Peel Energy and United Utilities to expand the existing 26-turbine development to 42 turbines.
An open floor hearing on the proposed Navitus Bay Wind Park, hosted by the Planning Inspectorate. Jeopardising the Jurassic Coast's World Heritage status and posing a risk to navigation were among the concerns raised today about the proposed Navitus Bay Wind Park development.
Green energy developer Banks Renewables says it is considering its options after a planning application to allow a test wind mast to stay on the site of a potential windfarm site at Killington was rejected by South Lakeland District Council.
Research by the Conservative Party reveals that Aberdeenshire had the highest amount of applications since March last year (428), followed by Highland (376) and Orkney (371). Council staff handling the 2,508 bids will have processed an average of almost seven applications every working day in the last year and half.
A government inspector has given the go-ahead to a giant meteorological mast on green belt land in South Tyneside. Now there are fears that the 50-metre structure will lead to the creation of a wind farm near the Fellgate Estate in Jarrow. South Tyneside Council's planning committee had rejected the application after a 200-name petition was submitted against it. But the applicant appealed.
Alex Salmond has set a target of generating the equivalent of all Scotland's electricity from renewable sources by 2020 but has produced no calculations for the numbers of onshore wind farms required to meet this. ...Scottish Borders Council warned that turbines had got taller since existing planning policies were drawn up and "there is now a real prospect of wind-farm dominated landscapes being created over wide areas."
The Conservatives are warning that the Scottish Government's green energy drive has seen ministers "bully councils into accepting the advances" of developers. Critics say many wind farm companies are lodging "speculative" applications, as planning fees for turbines in Scotland are considerably cheaper than those in England.
The Government must add greater weight to its promise to let local people fight their corner. The Planning Inspectorate has approved nine out of 14 wind turbine proposals that were opposed by local people
The high court case followed accusations by wind farm developer RWE Npower Renewables that two proposed wind farms had been rejected by the council as a result of the "emerging policy" of new "buffer zones", despite the proposals being in line with the established local policy that was "permissive" of wind farms.
Sir Simon said failure to have a plan in place will not mean more houses are built but "more conflict" as local communities use the law courts to fight the vague new legislation. "It will just mean that everyone will be fighting, fighting, fighting and that is not the best way of running rural Britain," he added.
Renewable energy developers are hoping the government will prevent a growing number of county councils from imposing wind farm buffer zones, which could severely restrict developments across the country. Buffer zones are designed to prevent turbines from being installed too close to people's homes.
"The 2km separation distance comes from the Scottish Planning Policy. The 2km distance is the separation distance between areas of search and the edge of cities, towns and villages; it is to guide developments to the most appropriate sites and to reduce visual impact. It can also be used in dealing with visual impact from individual turbines.
"Let this be a lesson to people who want to come into our Valley. We are not here to be picked off by wind farms and finance." Bacup councillor Andy MacNae claimed the applicant had done the "minimum possible" at every stage, including in its public consultation and a "derisory" offer of £3,000 per year compensation.
Campaigners say they have little faith in the Scottish Government listening to local opinion after figures showed only five major wind farm applications have been turned down in the last four years.
Controversial plans for four giant wind turbines in the midst of two scenic Norfolk coastal communities have been rejected by a government planning inspector. ...In a six page report the planning inspector says the turbines would "unacceptably change" and result in "material harm" to the landscape.
He said the planning system had become "skewed", favouring the development of giant wind turbines over protecting environmentally rich regions such as the Westcountry. Wind farm plans have repeatedly come up against angry opposition in Devon and Cornwall.