Articles filed under Impact on Landscape from UK

Burnley windmills plan stirs new anger

Plans to build three more wind turbines above Burnley have been met with anger by local residents. ...And now those who are opposed are asking people with concerns to write to the power company. Peter Worden, who lives close to the wind farm, said: "The new turbines are going to be massive and will be right in front of our house blocking a big part of the view," he said.
1 Dec 2009

Wind farms blight landscape - Duke

One of the country's major landowners has launched an attack on wind farms, saying they blight beautiful scenery yet make "minimal contribution" to our energy needs. The Duke of Northumberland, owner of around 100,000 acres and with a family fortune of around £300m, said he had repeatedly turned down bids by the wind power industry to erect turbines on his land.
30 Nov 2009

Windfarm developer's ‘astounding' admission for Cumbria

The developer behind a four-turbine windfarm near Wigton has admitted it could have "major, long-term impact" on the local area. ...As part of the application, the firm has carried out an assessment of the impact the turbines would have on the local landscape, and made the admissions within that assessment. The impact of the turbines would extend for around 18 kilometres. But the biggest impact would be on Threapland itself.
27 Nov 2009

Geese will not be fans of giant turbine plans

Residents of a Lancashire village have expressed anger after plans to build two huge wind turbines were recommended for approval by planners. ...residents fear the devices will decimate the area's population of pink-footed geese, destroy the landscape and affect people's health because of noise and the 'shadow flicker' caused by the blades. Residents sent 632 letters of objection and Pilling Parish Council, Garstang Town Council and the RSPB also objected.
26 Nov 2009

Wind farms could mean red in sky at night for Borders

Last week, Galloway Forest Park became only the fourth Dark Sky Park in the world and the first outside of the United States after the International Dark Sky Association confirmed Galloway as one of the best places for stargazing in the world. ...But dark skies, or the increasing lack of them, was also the subject of concern in the Borders this week when it emerged that if plans for 12 massive wind turbines proposed for a site on Minchmoor near Walkerburn get the go-ahead, defence officials want red aviation lighting on top of the structures.
19 Nov 2009

50ft tall wind turbines that won't need planning permission in countryside 'free for all'

The Government says it wants to cut the red tape and expense involved in generating energy from wind, and insists the new rules will come with strict conditions about noise, size and appearance. But rural campaigners said the changes to the planning system could lead to a 'free-for-all' and warned that the countryside was in danger of being sacrificed in the battle against global warming.
18 Nov 2009

Wind farm plan sparks protest from Morpeth businessman

Magnificent views enjoyed by visitors to an award-winning North East holiday complex would be ruined by plans to build four massive wind turbines nearby, it is claimed. Businessman Alun Moore has invested about £2m over the last 20 years in developing his Beacon Hill holiday centre, 15 self-catering cottages and a luxury spa on a hilltop north west of Morpeth. ...But now Mr Moore fears his business, which employs 14 people locally, will suffer badly if plans by Novera Energy to erect four 101m turbines at nearby Todd Hill, Pigdon, are given the go-ahead.
18 Nov 2009

Viking Energy considers scaling back £800m Shetland plans

Proposals to build Europe's largest onshore windfarm in the Shetland Islands at a cost of £800 million could be scaled back, according to developer Viking Energy, writes Will Nichols. The limited company originally presented plans for the 150 turbine, 540MW project to the Shetland Islands council this summer. However, last week, a spokesman for Viking Energy told that the company is to submit an addendum to its plans early in the new year in a response to concerns flagged up during consultation, including over bird life and landscape.
17 Nov 2009

Bid to increase height of Flimby wind turbines rejected

An application to increase the height of three proposed wind turbines at Flimby has been turned down by Allerdale council. Flimby Wind Energy Limited wanted to increase the height of the turbines from 335ft to 377ft and lengthen the blades. The plans had been recommended for approval by Allerdale planning officers, despite objections from the parish councils of Dearham, Broughton Moor and Seaton. Councillors this week refused the plans by nine votes to six.
12 Nov 2009

MP wants more information on proposed wind farm

Arbroath fishermen voiced their concerns with regard to proposals for the creation of a wind farm in the Bell Rock area off Arbroath when they met with Angus MP Mike Weir. They had expressed worries that the wind farm could interfere with their traditional fishing grounds. After the meeting Mr Weir said it was vital that the interests of fishermen be taken into account in planning offshore wind farms.
6 Nov 2009

Spinners and losers in the wind turbine storm

Rural rejecters of wind power aren't bumptious bumpkins, says Adrian Snook. We are asserting our rights as consumers and voters. ...Opinion polls consistently show strong public support for wind power in the UK with around 80% of people expressing support and only 10% opposed. Yet when this translates into local voter reaction to onshore wind development, particularly in England and Wales, support seems to evaporate. It is often replaced by deep anger and opposition. Why is this? I believe there are two reasons.
5 Nov 2009

Ban wind farms near houses says campaigner

An East Yorkshire resident is calling for a change in the law so new wind turbines cannot be built near homes Currently there is no minimum separation distance between homes and the structures, but company director Larry Fleming, from Spaldington, near Goole, wants a 2km limit. Villagers are fighting proposals by two separate developers for 14 turbines standing 400ft tall, three times higher than Howden Minster.
20 Oct 2009

Big name backing for wind farm fight

Big name backing has come forward in opposition to two proposed wind farms at Spaldington who claim the turbines would be "visually horrific, inappropriate and ineffective". Throwing their weight behind the STOP (Spaldington Turbines Opposition Project) group is not only Howden and Haltemprice MP David Davies but MEP Godfrey Bloom and international best-selling author Frederick Forsyth. ...David Davis told the Courier this week: "Both of these proposed wind farms would seriously blight the lives of people who live nearby.
1 Oct 2009

Wind turbines would be scar on landscape

A campaign group has said plans for eight turbines near a small village could lead to a "scar on the landscape." The comments were made by John Temple, co-ordinator of new pressure group Protect Winwick which has been set up by residents to oppose proposals from energy company E.on to put up eight 126-metre high turbines near to the small village.
24 Sep 2009

MP Peter Luff seeks ban on wind turbines within 1km of homes

The MP for Mid Worcestershire has called for a ban on commercial wind turbines being constructed within a kilometre of people's homes. ...Speaking after visiting a public exhibition organised by Scottish Power Renewables at Norton and Lenchwick parish hall, the Conservative MP said: "These are effectively 40-storey high structures in open countryside - they must be a reasonable distance from homes.
24 Sep 2009

Put People First campaigners fly blimp to protest at Todd Hill windfarm

Families fighting plans to erect four giant wind turbines in their rural Northumberland community have taken their protest campaign into the skies. They are flying a large orange blimp at a height of 101 metres above the proposed site of the wind farm near Morpeth in a bid to show local people and council planners the likely impact of the installation on the landscape and homes.
19 Sep 2009

Richard Morrison on the underhand plan to infest Britain with wind farms

We can be fiercely protective of the green and pleasant land itself, or what remains of it. And it has never needed more protecting, because this autumn a new quango - created, symbolically, by the unelected Lord Mandelson - may usher in the biggest change to the landscape in our lifetime. ... Well, the Government wants to increase renewable energy production and is irritated that wind-farm developers are constantly being delayed, or even thwarted, by challenges from local objectors and conservation groups such as the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England.
18 Sep 2009

North hamlet residents fight wind turbines plan

Residents of a medieval hamlet are hoping councillors will help them fight a controversial wind farm plan next week. On Wednesday Durham County Council cabinet members will be asked to designate Bolam as a Conservation Area. Their plan could see the council forced to go up against energy company nPower Renewables, who want to build six wind turbines just outside Bolam, near West Auckland.
12 Sep 2009

Our landscape under threat

The creation of the non-elected body, arguably the most powerful quango ever, comes as the Government insists that a greater take-up of renewable power is essential in the battle against climate change and improving energy security. Energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband has warned that communities in the Westcountry have "no option" but to support a massive expansion of onshore turbines.
7 Sep 2009

BT looks to build 410ft turbines

Telecoms giant BT is considering plans to build one of the region's tallest wind farms in an environmentally "sensitive" coastal area of the Westcountry, critics claim. The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England has expressed its "concern" that the firm is looking to erect three 410ft (125m) tall turbines overlooking the Bristol Channel at Greater Shelfin Farm near Ilfracombe, North Devon.
7 Sep 2009
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