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After consulting central Government policy, other district councils and calculations by external planning experts, opposition groups claim that RWE should have been charged the maximum application fee of £250,000 instead of £24,965. Mr Baldwin called this ‘achieving maximum flexibility while being charged the minimum fee'.
A green energy firm has been accused of ‘bully boy’ tactics in trying to head off opposition to a windfarm in Doncaster. Robin Hood Airport says there could be safety issues affecting take-off and landing because of the tall wind turbines due to be erected on a site between Hampole and Pickburn.
Much of the first day's legal argument focused on the windfarm's potential impact on whimbrels. That concern was also behind Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) objecting to the development. Its objection was "due to the high likelihood of a significant adverse impact of national interest on the favourable conservation status of the national population of whimbrel".
The Tories said the study provided more evidence of Mr Salmond's determination to force through applications for wind farms even where rural areas have already reached "saturation point". The Scottish Conservatives are publishing a new energy policy on Monday amid calls from some councils for a moratorium on new onshore turbines applications.
Energiekontor wants to erect a 60m monitoring mast to measure wind speeds on the site and lodged an appeal after its initial application was refused by Northumberland County Council. Middleton Burn Action Group (MBAG) hired experts in landscape and an ecologist to prepare reports in support of its case against the appeal.
"There were cheers and celebrations when the council refused permission," he said. "There were far more people against the proposals in the viewing gallery than there were in favour of them. "But we know that RWE NPower will appeal, so this issue will continue to rumble on for some time yet.
A pensioner has revealed how energy bosses offered her a £750-a-year "bribe" to stay silent about plans to build more wind turbines near her home. Joan Robinson, 84, was promised the sum by Greenspan Electric Cairnmore as a "goodwill gesture".
In 2010, Nottingham based company PRE applied to build four 110m (360ft) turbines on the site, but the application was withdrawn following advice that the proposal would be refused. The new plan, now submitted to Kirklees Council, has sparked strong objections from neighbours, some of whom live approximately 600m from the proposed 0.8-hectare site.
An energy developer has suspended its plans for a wind farm at a site to the south west of York, blaming 'uncertainty' about the local planning regime. Banks Renewables put forward plans for the proposed five-turbine Hagg Wood wind farm, which would have been situated on agricultural land to the west of Copmanthorpe, at the start of 2011.
A community close to Loch Ness fears it will be surrounded by wind farms following a string of planning applications. Community leaders representing Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston are demanding a study be carried out to assess the cumulative impact of existing and proposed projects.
The perfect news to greet a freezing Britain today - energy bills are set to take another hike thanks to a series of dodgy wind energy contracts. According to today's Telegraph, a ‘shocking series of errors' has resulted in deals worth £17 billion stacked in the favour of turbine manufacturers. It appears the excessive costs of these contracts could be handed down to families, placing an extra strain on households at a time when family incomes are being pushed to the limit.
Primary pupils in North Ayrshire were handed plans, seemingly written by a developer, encouraging their parents to back a planning application for an extension to a wind farm in the area. The letter contained a section for parents' signatures at the bottom and was addressed to the local council's planning department.
The council refused permission for the turbine because it would be too close to the Boots site, which could be developed for housing in the future. Officers said the turbine would have an unacceptable impact on these plans and councillors said it would affect neighbours.
The Scottish Government has been labelled "wind obsessed" by the Conservatives after figures suggested a third of wind applications rejected by councils this year were later given the go-ahead by ministers.
A major UK Government report says more than 300 new jobs are set to be created in Dundee by a wind turbine company when in actual fact the deal was scrapped more than a year ago.
The US-based entrepreneur has been waging a campaign against the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), a turbine testing facility proposed for an offshore site close to his new golf development in Aberdeen. ...Mr Trump wants the EOWDC to be put "on an equal footing" with his golf development, which was the subject of a five-week inquiry in 2008.
Campaigners fighting controversial wind farm plans near a Northumberland hamlet have taken a major step towards victory. After massive public opposition, county planners are now recommending green energy company Energiekontor's proposals for five 126m turbines on farmland at Fenrother, near Morpeth, are rejected.
SNP ministers are heavily promoting renewable energy such as wind farms, with a target of meeting 100 per cent of Scotland's electricity demand from alternative sources by 2020. However, only ten of Scotland's 32 councils were able to set out the definite number of wind farms in use.
Campaigners have gone to the High Court in a fresh bid to stop controversial plans for two wind farms in West Norfolk. ...But activists who oppose the proposals argue the decisions, which reversed borough council moves to refuse planning permission last year, should be reviewed by communities secretary Eric Pickles.
An MSP has angered an anti-wind farm protester by declaring that if Scots do not embrace the technology they will end up up living in caves. John Mason also declared his admiration for wind farms and said he would love to have one sited near his home.