Articles filed under Impact on Landscape from UK

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

Newland wind farm access route row

Angry householders are demanding an explanation for what they claim is "appalling" treatment at the hands of developers building a 12-turbine wind farm at Newland. Work has been started on the site at Pease Farm and Rusholme Grange by developers Wind Prospect on behalf of the French power company EDF Energy Renewables.
4 Mar 2010

The climate changers: How wind turbines make their own clouds

They are billed as vast sentinels that will protect our world from climate change. But, at the same time, these wind turbines are creating a new little climate of their own. The 196ft structures whipped up the sea mist which blankets them in this photograph. The phenomenon is caused by the spinning 130ft blades which churn up the warm air at sea level and mix it with cooler air above at Scroby Sands, near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk.
20 Feb 2010

Planning inspector agrees with Council that structure would be too ‘oppressive'

An appeal over plans for a £2 million 400ft wind turbine at Princes Soft Drinks in Bradford has been turned down. ...planning inspector Elizabeth Ord has dismissed the appeal based on information that the turbine would be ‘overbearing and oppressive' to a number of residents and that noise from the structure could at times lead to neighbours' sleep being disturbed.
13 Feb 2010

Planners urged to turn down hillside turbine plans

Campaigners are urging planners to follow their officers' advice and block the construction of a windfarm on a south Wales hillside. The Open Spaces Society welcomed the recommendation of Swansea officers to reject the application to build 19 wind turbines on Mynydd y Gwair Common. ..."If the wind turbines were to be built, a vast chunk of land would be taken out of the common and, although land would be given in exchange, it would inevitably be inferior.
21 Jan 2010

Wind farms could blight one in six beauty spots

Out of 89 sites given special protection due to the quality of their landscape, planning permission for turbines has been approved or sought at 14. Affected areas range from Cornwall and the Isle of Wight to the Lake District, the Outer Hebrides and the Shetland Islands. Campaigners claimed that the projects would spoil much-loved views and called for clearer rules on where wind farms can and cannot be built. In England, out of 35 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), four are the subject of a planning application for turbines.
16 Jan 2010

Councillors advised: reject wind farm

Councillors are being advised to turn down a contentious plan to build four wind turbines at Hemsby. A report to Tuesday's meeting of Great Yarmouth Borough Council's development control committee says the proposed SLP scheme for Ormesby Road would conflict with local plan policies because of its detrimental impact on important Broadland and coastal landscape.
13 Dec 2009

Firm loses Hempnall windfarm appeal

An energy firm hoping to build a windfarm on the edge of a Norfolk village yesterday lost an appeal bid aimed at overturning a decision to refuse the plans. Diss based Enertrag UK had hoped to overturn a planning decision by South Norfolk council which had refused permission for the firm to build seven 125m wind turbines at Hempnall last August. The plan had been turned down on the grounds it would have an impact on the character of the area.
9 Dec 2009

Wind farms: green boon or a blot on landscape?

Few construction projects could claim to have split public opinion so fiercely, but the growth of Scotland's wind farms will be inescapable during the coming decade. According to The Herald's calculations, the 1131 turbines already installed take up roughly 54 square km, or 0.06% of Scotland's area. ..."The Government's strategy has been transformed from an initial promise to reduce emissions, and generate energy through a mix of renewables, to one that is almost solely focused on heavily subsidised wind farms."
7 Dec 2009
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