Articles filed under Impact on Landscape from UK
If wind energy was the one practical and affordable answer to global warming then I would grit my teeth at the loss of the countryside and accept it. But I know that they are no answer to global warming in northern Europe. The Germans who have invested more than anyone in this form of energy are finding, according to newspaper Der Spiegel, that despite more than 17,000 wind turbines across Germany the nation is now emitting more CO2 than before it built them.
The view from the top could not be clearer: Ed Miliband, the minister for energy and climate change, said last week that opposing the onward march of wind turbines - on which the government is pinning its hopes of meeting its targets on renewable energy - should be as "socially unacceptable" as not wearing a seatbelt or failing to stop at a zebra crossing. Hmm. Tell that to the people who believe the view over Britain's last remaining wildernesses is about to be destroyed for ever - and for a very dubious set of returns.
Concern has been raised over the possible impact on wildlife if a proposed windfarm is developed near Huntly. Swedish energy firm Vattenfall is behind plans for a 22-turbine windfarm at Clashindarroch Forest, between Dufftown and Rhynie. ...Fears over the effect the development could have on wildlife, including birds and wildcats, have been voiced by local stalker and game processor Steve Wright.
Alan Bailey soaks up the unspoilt view from his sitting-room window, as the sun sets across the valley outside. He shudders as he imagines this treasured scene over Dunion Hill, near Jedburgh, scarred for ever by a row of giant wind turbines. For Bailey, as for others in Scotland, it is a prospect that raises such intense opposition that he has devoted vast amounts of time, effort and money to fighting for the wild land surrounding his home to remain untouched.
Nearly 40 jobs at a Holsworthy yoga centre could be lost if plans for a neighbouring wind farm go ahead. The British School of Yoga, which chose the site at Dunsland Cross because of its tranquility, says the calm of the centre will be shattered and it may be forced to move. Bolsterstone Plc, a North Midlands-based property development and investment company, wants to put up four 105 metre wind turbines.
The scenic beauty of rural Tyrone could be under threat because of plans to build 218 wind turbines across the county, it can be revealed. Some 27 valid planning applications for wind farms have been lodged at sites across Tyrone, including five in the Dungannon area. The figures were revealed after an Assembly question from North Down MLA Brian Wilson, who is a member of the Green Party.
A windfarm proposed for the Vale of Belvoir has come under fire from all directions, potentially sounding its death knell. County Hall blasted the scheme, near Bottesford, branding it an 'unacceptable' risk to the region's heritage while the parish council unanimously opposed the plans.
A tiny village with just 70 residents could find itself surrounded by seven huge wind turbines. Energy company Npower Renewables wants to build the structures - which local people claim would measure up to 125m from base to blade tip - just outside Bolam, in County Durham. A scoping report has been submitted to Teesdale District Council and if a formal application is submitted then there could be one turbine for every 10 people who live nearby.
Scotland's largest landowner could soon be earning tens of millions of pounds a year from the profits of wind farms and hydro schemes on some of its 1.6 million acres of land, while making a real contribution to fighting global warming. ...The legislative change will mark one of the most significant changes in the powers of the publicly owned commission, but its implications have yet to fully appreciated outside the environmental sector.
Campaigners have called for the Government to safeguard North East beauty spots as The Journal reveals hundreds of wind turbines could blight the region. Our wind map reveals nearly 250 turbines could pepper the North East landscape in the next year if planning chiefs give them the go-ahead. Information provided by the region's councils indicates an influx of turbines could begin to dominate the landscape within a few years.
More than 100 people have signed a petition opposing plans to build four giant wind turbines in countryside near a Northumberland market town. The petition was gathered during a packed public meeting held to drum up support for a protest campaign against green power company Novera Energy's bid to develop the wind farm at Todd Hill, about six kilometres north-west of Morpeth.
Controversial proposals for another two wind farms in the district have drawn an angry response from residents, who raged "not in my back yard". Consultations and exhibitions for wind farms by German developer Prowind at Bishop Wood Farm near Thorpe Willoughby and Wood Lane near Gateforth have been given the thumbs-down by locals.
Four giant wind turbines planned for the heart of Northumberland will create landscape features visible from the coastline to the Simonside Hills, protesters claim. ...Now dozens of local people have set up a protest group to fight the Todd Hill scheme, which would be within 900 metres of homes in the isolated hamlets of Pigdon, Abshields and Benridge.
A campaign to stop a huge wind farm being built near Abbots Bromley has been dealt a blow after heritage experts claimed it did not pose a risk. Council-hired consultants - in their first appraisal for 12 years - have ignored fears that plans to put up eight 115 metre-high turbines in Bagots Park could ruin the village's conservation area. Instead, they say the damage caused to historic buildings by juggernauts rumbling down the high street is a more pressing concern.
Protesters will mark out the height of a controversial wind turbine planned for the Eden Project with a large multi-coloured balloon this weekend.
Villagers battling plans for a wind farm in Worcestershire are to stage a walk through the countryside they fear will be destroyed by the proposals. Families living in the Vale of Evesham will gather tomorrow for the walk along the Wychavon Way and Blossom Trail, close to where Scottish Power Renewables is planning to build 10 turbines measuring 125m (410ft) on land owned by farmers.
Campaigners from both sides of the England-Wales border are joining forces to save a massive landmark built more than 1,000 years ago to divide them. Villagers living in the remote areas either side of Offa's Dyke are putting aside age-old hostilities to fight plans to bring 21st century alternative technology close to the ancient monument. Welsh planning officials are pleading with their opposite numbers on the English side of the dyke to help them protect the eighth century earthworks.
Anti-windfarm activists have joined forces to support councillors who fear that a proliferation of developments could undermine Cumbria's economic regeneration. The Strategic Alliance Against Lakeland Wind Turbines (SALT) and Friends of Eden, Lakeland and Lunesdale Scenery (FELLS) are concerned that Cumbria is at a crossroads that could heavily damage the countryside.
Scotland's wildlife habitats are at risk from poorly planned wind farms which can cause as much damage as new housing developments, a leading conservation body warns today. The John Muir Trust has found that the construction of a large scale wind farm, with access roads and cabling trenches, can destroy an area of land the size of 69 international-sized football pitches.
Local Plaid Cymru AM for Aberconwy, Gareth Jones, has described the decision by the Westminster Labour Government to approve the construction of the huge Gwynt y Mor windfarm, off the coast of Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, as a slap in the face and an affront to the democratically-expressed wishes of the people of Wales. ..."The scale of the Gwynt y Mor development cannot be overstated. The 250 turbines will be visible for many miles around.