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Dr Sam Gardner, senior climate change policy officer at WWF Scotland, said: "Giving the go-ahead to this offshore wind test centre is the right decision, demonstrating that no amount of bluster from US billionaires such as Donald Trump will hold Scotland back from becoming a cleaner, greener, job-creating nation."
More than 44,000 Scots have objected to windfarm applications since 2008, according to Conservative Party estimations. Figures obtained from 23 of the country's 32 local authorities show around 34,000 objections were submitted, ranging from an estimated 9421 in Aberdeenshire, to two objections in East Dunbartonshire.
Asked if he thought a slightly smaller Atlantic Array would put off visitors, Rob Grove, the owner of Carreglwyd Caravan and Camping Site, Port Eynon, said: "Absolutely not. "I don't think it's going to make a jot of difference.
Julian Smith, MP for Ripon and Skipton, spoke of his worries about the "false economy" created by heavy subsidies for farms. "We are not being honest about the economics of wind farm investment. "The more I look into the economics of wind energy the more I am concerned."
Mr Davey warned it would be much more difficult for Scottish wind farms to provide energy at a competitive price if they relied on subsidies from just two-and-a-half million households rather than more than 23 million homes across Britain.
Cases for and against the wind farm were presented by Navitus Bay Development Ltd and opposition group Challenge Navitus with residents able to ask questions of both sides of the debate.
Steve Scott, area director for the Forestry Commission in the East and East Midlands, said: "We can confirm that the felling had taken place without a licence being in place. We have informed the owners that we intend to issue a restocking notice."
Leading conservationists have won a High Court battle against plans for a wind farm on land owned by the Queen's cousin. The conservationists had warned that if it went ahead it would have resulted in substantial harm to a heritage area "of national significance".
The High Court has blocked plans for a giant wind farm at the Duke of Gloucester's Barnwell Manor in Northamptonshire after English Heritage and the National Trust challenged the development.
Councillors on the planning committee went against officers' recommendations and rejected proposals for a 30ft turbine at the club near Blackrod bypass. Plans for a twin-bladed turbine of the same size at the site, which is on protected green belt land, were also rejected by the committee in March last year.
Plans for a wind turbine which, it was claimed, would have been higher than the central tower of York Minster, have been rejected by Ryedale planners.
Stating that planning inspectorate officials would visit the site and he would assess the evidence for and against the proposal to erect 28 wind turbine generators of up to 145m in height, he said: "It is my job to bring together all those detailed observations and the representations made locally.
A former chairman of Fairlie Community Council has claimed that North Ayrshire councillors who pushed through a controversial experimental wind turbine site at Hunterston now realise they have made 'a desperate mistake'.
ALNWICK/HALDIMAND TOWNSHIP - With a packed council chambers backing The Alliance for the Protection of Northumberland Hills's presentation against two industrial wind turbine farms near Grafton and Centreton on the Oak Ridges Moraine, Alnwick/Haldimand Township councillors concurred during last week's meeting.
Thousands of Britain's wind turbines will create more greenhouse gases than they save, according to potentially devastating scientific research to be published later this year. ...One typical large peat site just approved in southern Scotland, the Kilgallioch wind farm, includes 43 miles of roads and tracks. Peat only retains its carbon if it is moist, but the roads and tracks block the passage of the water.
Plans to erect a wind turbine on farmland near a popular visitor attraction have caused controversy among neighbouring residents. But the applicant said it is a step towards cutting the carbon footprint of the successful farm shop.
In his decision, the planning inspector, Paul Griffiths, accepted the turbines would be an imposing feature but said "reasonable observers" would not be "confused" by the juxtaposition of historic buildings and a modern wind farm. For the first time, English Heritage and the National Trust have teamed up to challenge the ruling along with the local council in the High Court.
Plans for an underground cable and substation to connect a wind farm to the National Grid have been labelled ‘unreasonable' by Boston's MP. Mark Simmonds has come out against against plans revealed last week by RWE npower renewables to link its Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm to a site in Bicker Fen.
One of several recent applications to build a wind turbine in the Worth Valley has been thrown out because of it could put tourists off visiting Bronte Country. The Bronte Society recently spoke out against the number of turbine planning applications being proposed for the area, which attracts tourists from around the world, eager to see the moor landscapes that inspired the sisters.
Donald Trump will fight any approval of an offshore wind farm overlooking his Scottish golf resort in the courts for years, according to George Sorial, the executive in charge of the New York billionaire's project.