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A four year battle to site a wind farm in the Ochils has finally been won by npower renewables but three other applications have been rejected by the Scottish Executive. The partial victory was yesterday hailed by objectors who said their lengthy fight had stopped the picturesque landscape becoming "an industrial mass".
Dumfries and Galloway Council has confirmed its opposition to wind farm plans in the Glenkens - forcing the issue to public inquiry. The 23-turbine proposal by Scottish and Southern Energy had already been debated four times by the authority. It has now decided to take the scheme to public inquiry - despite potential costs thought to be up to £300,000.
Developers behind plans for a 160ft wind turbine in a moorland village say they are still undecided whether or not to press ahead with the plans.Cornwall Light and Power Ltd have told the Cornish Guardian they are still mulling over plans for a giant turbine near Pensilva - but do expect to make a final decision by the end of the month. Bosses at the company say they "have to be sure" the local community is behind them, as they will also operate the turbine and therefore live side-by-side with villagers. A recent public exhibition in Pensilva had to abandoned after objectors "hijacked" the meeting, said developers.
Angry residents in north Cornwall gathered on Monday night to declare "no more wind farms in our back yard." More than 200 people packed into Clease Hall, Camelford, to share their dismay over plans for two more wind farms in the district and which are planned for the Davidstow area. They say north Cornwall has become a "dumping ground" for turbines and claim there are already too many in the area.
The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is taking forward a proposal for harnessing wind power by investigating the construction of large scale wind turbines on prison land. Twenty prison sites have been so far identified for feasibility studies which will be carried out by the Carbon Trust. The studies will establish the suitability of each site for the development of a wind turbine, an outline design of the infrastructure and equipment likely to be needed, an estimate of the energy likely to be generated along with the likely costs and revenues.
A public exhibition is being held over plans to build a nine-turbine wind farm on the edge of the Lake District. West Coast Energy has applied for planning permission to construct the 334ft (102m) turbines at Berrier Hill, near the village of Greystoke. Representatives from the firm will meet members of the public at Greystoke village hall on Tuesday. A decision on the application is expected to be made by Eden District Council in November. The plans are also on display at Mansion House council offices in Penrith.
Plans for three 80m wind turbines in Mawdesley were due to go before councillors tonight. Damian Culshaw has applied to Chorley Council to erect a windfarm to generate electricity at Cliff's Farm. Mawdesley parish council has objected to the proposals and more than 150 letters of objection from residents have been received. Planning officers have offered two separate recommendations to either refuse it on the grounds of insufficient information or send it to full council for a decision.
Construction of a £4.4m wind farm in Oxfordshire, financed by the community, is scheduled to start after 15 years of planning and design delays.
Bosses behind controversial plans for a Neath wind farm are laying their cards on the table. Detailed plans of their proposal are being offered to the public at a series of exhibitions across the area. It's feared the proposal could be the first in a series, with up to 50 being developed in the area. The proposal for up to 15 wind turbines in Maesgwyn will be displayed at venues in Onllwyn, Seven Sisters and Glynneath. The application for the wind farm has divided public opinion since it was submitted.
The Scottish Executive has confirmed that a public inquiry will be held into plans for a 48-turbine wind farm at Fallago Rig in the Lammermuir Hills. Scottish Borders Council has already raised objections to the application by North British Windpower Ltd. At a meeting earlier this year they decided to oppose the scheme - which had been reduced from 64 turbines - by nine votes to three. The council has now to decide how to be represented at the inquiry.
A public inquiry into a controversial wind farm application began on Tuesday. The inquiry, which is expected to last eight days, was launched after plans to build five wind turbines at a farm off Stoddens Lane, near Brent Knoll, were refused by Sedgemoor District Council. Next Generation, a subsidiary of renewable energy company Ecotricity, is appealing against the authority's decision but faces opposition from pressure group kNOll to Wind Farm, Brent Knoll Parish Council and Burnham and Highbridge Town Council. Around 50 people packed in to The Princess in Burnham to hear the inquiry.
Council chiefs want to spend £80,000 on consultants - to tell them how to deal with windfarms. The ‘strategy update' is seen as the best way to avoid hefty bills when official objections to major planning applications are lodged. A public inquiry into a refusal to the 71-turbine Harestanes project in the Ae Forest was estimated to have cost the council £200,000.
Sports car manufacturer Lotus has unveiled an artist's impression of the controversial wind farm planned for its Hethel headquarters. Green energy company Ecotricity is seeking planning consent to build three 120m turbines in the centre of the test track.
Airtricity announced yesterday it had lodged a formal appeal to the Scottish Executive against the rebuff from Scottish Borders Council's development control committee. That body voted 7-4 - against the advice of its own planning officials, but faced with 370 objections - to throw out the Langhope Rig scheme.........
Plans to create a wind farm as an "iconic landmark" on the banks of the Trent have been withdrawn. The triple-arch design provoked strong opinions from protest groups and residents. Nottingham City Council has withdrawn the application to work on the design and allay concerns.
Berrier Hill Wind Energy Ltd has submitted a planning application to Eden Council to harness the wind energy resource at Berrier Hill, over a mile west of the village. The company is a subsidiary of West Coast Energy Limited and has been set up to develop the wind farm. The planning application is for nine wind turbines to provide clean green electricity for local use.
Controversial plans to build a windfarm on the hills above Old Hutton are being met with mounting opposition. The proposal for between five and eight turbines, less than two miles from the village, has prompted fears that irreparable damage would be caused to the landscape. Residents are so upset by the prospect of wind blades more than 120m high dominating the skyline they have formed a protest group known as A Blot - an echo of the cult 1980s TV drama, Blott On The Landscape.
Plans to build a wind farm in an East Herts village have stirred up fierce opposition among local people. R.H. Bott & Sons are looking at developing a three-turbine wind farm on land off High Elms Lane between Watton-At-Stone and Benington. In January the farm was given the go ahead by East Herts District Council to install a 50-metre high anemometer for 12 months to gather wind speed and direction information. Planning proposals for the turbines which would generate wind-powered electricity are likely to be submitted in September.
A government planning inspector was told how a wind farm proposed for the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea would generate noise and other adverse effects on the second day of an appeal hearing into the scheme. A large crowd of supporters and opponents of the project listened to evidence from several speakers at Burnham's Princess Hall as the eight-day appeal hearing continued.
A protest group is to be formed in Camelford next week to oppose plans for a massive wind farm at Davidstow airfield. A group of residents from the Davidstow area wants to register objections to the scheme, which would constitute the largest wind farm in Cornwall. They are calling for other people who have concerns about the scheme to form a committee to fight it. Under the proposals, a cluster of 20 wind turbines, each 414ft high, will be built at the former RAF airfield at Davidstow.