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Energy firm loses appeal over Lake District wind farm

A decision to block a planned wind farm on the edge of the Lake District has been upheld by the government. West Coast Energy appealed against a decision by Eden District Council to refuse permission for nine turbines near the village of Greystoke. The council said the 334ft (102m) turbines at Berrier Hill would blight the "unique local landscape."
29 Jun 2010

Effort to calm storm over windfarm fears

Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and the Scottish Campaign for National Parks are angry at the latest draft of the park's local plan. They say park planners have identified large areas of sensitive, scenic landscape as suitable areas of search for windfarm developments. The conservation groups urged park authority members to declare the park a no-go area for windfarms.
25 Jun 2010

Greenhouse gas threat from wind farms on peatland goes

Damaging wind farms that unleash carbon dioxide from the soil are being permitted in Scotland because no government body is equipped to advise on the impact of building on peatland, The Scotsman has learned. ...In what the Shetland Council staff member, Hannah Nelson, then described to colleagues in an e-mail as a "surprising response", Mr Liddell added: "Given that government (and also government planning) policy is in favour of wind and other renewables, I wouldn't encourage you to query the carbon benefits of wind farms."
12 Jun 2010

Group vows to fight landscape ‘vandals'

A group of rural champions has vowed to continue the fight against what they call the "vandalism" of Craven's landscape. The Craven branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) says it is committed to helping protest groups battle against "inappropriate" wind farms and "speculative" housing developments in sensitive areas.
11 Jun 2010

Scathing attack on wind farm opponents

The battle for Fallago Rig is escalating as North British Windpower, who want to build a 48 turbine wind farm on the site, clash with those opposed to the development. ...Mark Rowley, spokesman for the Say No To Fallago group, explained why they oppose the development: "Fallago Rig is the straw that will break the camel's back. It will decimate the last remaining unspoiled section of the Lammermuir Hills - if it goes ahead, the Scottish Government might as well convert the hills into a wind factory.
9 Jun 2010

Wind farm generates debate

Professor David Bellamy OBE has joined the fight against controversial plans to build a wind farm that campaigners claim would decimate the beauty and character of the Lammermuir Hills in the Borders. ..."I urge every single person who feels the same passion and admiration for the heritage of Scotland's landscapes as I do to support this protest."
1 Jun 2010

Baumber wind farm decision to be made during enquiry

The decision on whether to give the go ahead for Enertrag UK Ltd to locate a wind farm at Chase Farm, Baumber, is due to be made at a three-week-long public inquiry beginning on October 5. ..."We do feel strongly that this proposal at Baumber is not the right site. The countryside and old buildings of our county are very precious and it is so easy to damage them by not thinking carefully about the ways that they could change."
26 May 2010

Wind turbines' impact on Montgomeryshire

A report for Powys council in 2009, by consultants Capita Symonds, said lorries measuring 180ft (55m) long, 16ft (5m) wide and weighing nearly 130 tonnes, would travel through Powys five days a week for five years, making more than 3,000 journeys. The report said the delivery of turbines and other components had the "potential to cause significant disruption to residents along the routes and other road users".
26 Apr 2010

Rethink on Waddington wind turbine scheme

Plans for a 12metre-high wind turbine in a Ribble Valley beauty spot have been withdrawn following protests from councillors and residents. But applicant Stephen Tasker, who runs green energy company Energever, has vowed to resubmit the application for the alternative energy source within the Forest of Bowland, a designated Area of Natural Beauty.
16 Apr 2010

Call to stop wind farm approvals

Campaigners have urged politicians to stop part of East Yorkshire becoming a "dumping ground" for wind turbines. The area covered by the Beverley and Holderness constituency has eight turbines, approval in place for 33 more and a further 90 are being considered. Campaigner Cherie Blenkin said the area's landscape should be preserved.
12 Apr 2010

Proper debate is needed on wind farm claims

In the past I have always been proud to invite family and friends to visit me in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. In the future, I may well be asking them instead to come to the industrial park where I live. ...One of the hallmarks of Scotland's heritage is being destroyed, and to little or no avail.
30 Mar 2010
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