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Campaigners who have been fighting plans for three wind turbines in the Radnorshire countryside are celebrating after the application was thrown out by council chiefs. Powys County Council refused an application by REF Windpower, who wanted to build three 103.5m turbines at Pentre Tump, Llanfihangel nant Melan, near New Radnor.
Reacting to criticism of the Government’s plan to spend almost £2bn helping poor countries switch to green energy, Mr Barker said the money could have economic and environmental benefits for Britain. However the scheme will cost around £70 per household in the UK.
A Holyrood inquiry into Alex Salmond's wind energy targets has been dismissed as an "unbelievable whitewash" after it refused to accept the rapid spread of turbines is damaging the countryside. The SNP-dominated economy, energy and tourism committee instead blamed local councils for snarling up wind farm applications in the planning system and called for the rules to be loosened to allow larger developments.
The leading conservation group claims council planning officers are attempting to undermine its serious concerns about the growing proliferation of wind turbines in Northumberland. ...it says it has evidence suggesting that planning officers are advising elected councillors that the society's professionally prepared representations on wind energy should be "ignored or sidelined" as contrary to Government policy.
Alex Salmond was at the centre of a fresh row last night over misleading MSPs and accusations of attempting to cover it up by "doctoring" official records at Holyrood. The SNP leader is facing claims he has undermined the "integrity of parliament" after inflating the number of "green" jobs in Scotland in response to opposition pressure over wind farms.
A furious row has broken out over claims that the Borders has seen the largest increase in wind farm applications in Scotland. ...The Tories' local MSP John Lamont put the incredible surge in renewable power bids down to the Scottish National Party's "reckless" energy policies since it took control of Holyrood five years ago.
Openness and transparency were among the founding principles of the Scottish Parliament - yet Holyrood has been found wanting. It emerged almost by accident that last month the First Minister misinformed MSPs about the number of jobs created by his renewable energy drive. Mr Salmond insists it was an accidental slip ...But that clandestine corrections procedure gives as much cause for the concern as the First Minister's somewhat shaky grasp of basic facts and figures.
Torridge District Council has come under fire for failing to defend its own decisions on wind turbine developments. Officers from the council twice failed to turn up to site visits with Government planning inspectors in the space of three weeks.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has warned the Government against promoting a system in which communities are "paid off" to secure planning permission. Good Energy only offered the local tariff after the Delabole wind farm was built, but in future it could be part of discussions in planning.
Opponents of five giant wind turbines in Furness say the proposed windfarm would ruin their lives. Residents living just a few hundred metres from the site of the planned 99.5m (326ft) structures criticised tactics used by energy companies in a bid to get their planning application approved.
The Scottish Government's plans for renewable energy were dealt a crushing blow yesterday. It emerged the cost of the vital undersea cable to bring power from the Western Isles has spiralled to at least £700million.
"It is clear that people are rowing back on early investments," he says. ...Early tremors of concern arose last year when George Osborne, the chancellor, told the Conservative party conference: "We're not going to save the planet by putting our country out of business." Some interpreted this to mean the UK would water down its renewables targets if they made British businesses less competitive.
Skipton MP Julian Smith is encouraging residents to let the Government know their views on onshore wind farms. The Department of Energy and Climate Change is undertaking a "Call for Evidence" to examine how communities can have more of a say over hosting wind farms in their communities.
A poll commissioned by the John Muir Trust found that large-scale turbine developments deter visitors, with 36 per cent of people saying they would be "less likely to visit a scenic area with a large concentration of wind farms".
A wind farm developer has withdrawn a leaflet claiming wind turbines do not affect house prices following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority. The move follows an objection from an anti-wind farm campaigner who complained about material handed out by Wind Prospect Developments Ltd at an exhibition on a proposed 12-turbine development in Midlothian, Scotland.
Wind farms have been “peppered” across Britain without enough consideration for the countryside and people’s homes, a senior Conservative energy minister admitted last night as he warned “enough is enough”.
The company, which employs around 200 people on the Isle of Wight at its research and development centre in Stag Lane, is undergoing a major international restructure and reducing its workforce to match expected tougher conditions next year.
The Prime Minister said there is "no change towards renewable energy", despite John Hayes's promise to call a halt to the march of wind farms because "enough is enough". However, he hinted the number of wind farms could be reviewed after the UK meets targets set by the European Union, which dictate that Britain must get 15 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2020.
SNP politicians will face a protest from hundreds of anti-wind farm campaigners at the party's annual conference in Perth. They will include members of Gask and Strathearn Protection Society, who are trying to stop the development of four turbines on farmland near Tibbermore.
Britain's Green Investment Bank plans to channel funds for offshore wind projects that are already operating ...The intention to focus on financing wind farms only after they're operating is a "surprise" to the industry, which hoped the institution would back projects before they're built when risks are higher.