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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.
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.
Proposals for a windfarm in a west Norfolk village have been given an overwhelming thumbs-down in a poll of residents. There was a four-to-one vote against the five turbines in the poll by Syderstone parish council, called so that its 430 residents eligible to vote could have their say on the proposals by E-On UK at Chiplow, close to the village and neighbouring communities of Bagthorpe and Barmer.
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.
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.
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.
One of the experts behind plans to build a huge wind farm near Brent Knoll has admitted she did not bother to talk to residents when deciding how the development would affect its ‘treasured' surroundings. A public inquiry into energy firm Next Generation's controversial bid to get planning permission to create five 78m high turbines, each with three 41m blades, near the Somerset village was expected to finish today (Thurs). Next Generation's plans have been put under the microscope at the inquiry, at The Princess theatre in Burnham, with the massive visual and environmental impact it will have on the landscape coming under close scrutiny.
Gwent is set for its first commercial wind turbines after planning chiefs gave the go-ahead for an eco energy development. Two 130m turbines will now be built at Solutia UK's Newport site on Traston Road. The structures are set to be almost twice the height of the recently opened Newport City Footbridge (70m) and would be visible from over 5km away and would be 750m from the nearest dwelling. The proposals were approved at a planning meeting yesterday following a site visit by members of Newport Council planning committee, who were concerned about possible noise problems.
Plans for a controversial wind farm will be going on display in Neath. Pennant Walters is hoping to build 15 turbines in Maesgwyn - less than a kilometre from people's homes.
When will these companies realise that Highland Perthshire is not the place for wind farms of any size? This is a magnificent area visited by tourists from across the globe. It should not be the site of an industrial generating plant.
One of the most significant sites in the history of British aviation is in imminent danger of destruction, a leading local historian has warned. A proposal by a developer SLP Energy to place seven 125m-high (410ft) wind turbines on the site of the former RAF Pulham - home to the famous "Pulham Pigs" - is "grossly irresponsible", says historian and archaeologist Hadrian Jeffs. "It is quite wrong that such an important historical location, both for East Anglia and for the nation, should be sacrificed in this way," he said.
People in the Forres area who are familiar with the Dava Moor are being urged to go along to a meeting being held in Grantown on Spey tomorrow (Thursday), where plans which could make a drastic difference to the scenic wilderness are being discussed. The meeting, which has been organised by the "Save Our Dava" campaign group, will be attended by Cameron McNeish from the Ramblers Association, MEP Struan Stevenson and former president of the RSPB Roy Dennis, among others.
Protesters will today renew their bid to halt plans for a modern windmill being built in the heart of one of Liverpool's best-known conservation areas. Children's charity Kind wants to build the wind turbine to generate electricity alongside their base in Back Canning Street in the Georgian quarter of the city, close to the Anglican Cathedral. Council planning officers have recommended approval should be given to the three-bladed turbine, which will have a diameter of five metres. Opponents fear the whirring noise of the turbine will disturb them, but they also say its location within sight of the cathedral is unsuitable.
The appeal hearing at Burnham's Princess Hall to decide whether controversial plans to build a wind farm on the outskirts of the town can go ahead ended on Tuesday, with a final ruling now awaited. Scores of supporters and opponents to the project have given evidence to the appeal at Burnham's Princess Hall during the ten-day hearing.
Developers behind Britain's oldest wind farm have told the Cornish Guardian the site needs vast changes to efficiently update renewable energy in North Cornwall. Built between 1989 and 1991, the 10,400kw turbines at Delabole have become dated and are now in need of upgrading. Two different plans were outlined at a special meeting at the site held on Friday evening.
A public Inquiry for a controversial wind turbine to power Glyndebourne Opera House could force the bid to be scrapped. A bid to build a turbine at Mill Plain, New Road, Ringmer, split the community when it was approved by Lewes District Council last month. Hundreds of people attended the meeting to hear the decision which went against a council planning officer's recommendation to refuse it. The council received 89 letters in support of the application and 282 against. Councillors voted 6-4 in favour of the 70-metre-high turbine. But Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Hazel Blears told the district council no final decision could be made on the turbine until she had seen the application. She has decided to call in the application and a public enquiry will take place.
A business is launching yet another fight against plans for a wind farm which could bring an end to its operations. Peterlee Parachute Centre fears it might have to put a stop to jumps at its airfield in Shotton Colliery if the go-ahead is given to build the turbines at Edder Acres farm.
RESIDENTS in Syderstone have overwhelmingly voted against plans to build a wind farm on the boundary of their village. E.On UK is hoping to build a five-turbine wind farm on agricultural land at Chiplow, in the parish of Bagthorpe-with-Barmer but adjacent to the Syderstone boundary. Last week Syderstone residents voiced their opinions on the plans at a parish poll, which saw 77 per cent of voters opposing the wind farm, with just 23 per cent in favour.
Town leaders in Swaffham have put forward a policy to decide on the town's attitude towards wind turbines. On Wednesday night Swaffham Town Council planning committee put forward a motion to adopt Breckland Council's turbine policy. It follows proposals for new wind farms in and around the town that could bring the total number of turbines in the Swaffham area to more than 20 Members of the committee agreed that Breckland's policy was well-thought out and a good basis for their own stance on future planning applications for wind farms. But the committee agreed that the town council would still treat each individual proposal on its own merits. The motion to adopt Breckland Council's turbine policy will be decided at a future meeting of the town council.
Burnham-On-Sea's MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, has this week voiced his concerns over the application to build a wind farm on the outskirts of the town. Mr Heathcoat-Amory spoke as the public inquiry into the controversial wind farm application entered into its third week. He said: "I support the objectors to this wind farm application as it is a completely inappropriate site. These large turbines are very intrusive and the area is flat so they would be visible for miles around."