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A campaign group battling a plan to build a wind farm outside their village are hoping the new Assembly coalition might signal a change in energy policy. According to section eight of the One Wales Agreement between Labour and Plaid, the Tan8 energy policy is to be reviewed. The Assembly's technical advice note (Tan) was revealed in 2005, paving the way for the introduction of renewable forms of energy. It included two large areas of Neath Port Talbot as acceptable for large wind farms. In fact, Neath Port Talbot contains 38 per cent of all designated areas for wind farms in Wales. The decision to review Tan8 has been welcomed by members of Glyncorrwg Action Group (Gag). Group secretary Bette Slater said: "In view of this agreement to review Tan8, surely all planning applications for wind farms should be put on hold until this review has taken place.
WIND farms that "blight beautiful landscapes" should be scrapped, a Government minister said yesterday. Energy minister Malcolm Wicks has already blocked one large wind farm set for the Lake District and said he would be prepared to do so again if a planning application would result in "unsightly or intrusive" wind farms.
DEVELOPERS who hope to build a £6.6million wind farm in a Suffolk village have won permission for a 12-month monitoring mast to assess the site's suitability. Mid Suffolk District Council has been consulting on an application for a 70metre high wind monitoring mast at Wyverstone, near Stowmarket. The mast would be in place for up to a year and could lead to an application for three 130m high turbines at the village's Potash chicken farm.
Croydon MP Malcolm Wicks has been refused planning permission to install a wind turbine on the roof of the house after planning officers decided it would have been too visible from the street. This is the second time Mr Wicks has tried and failed to get the £1,500 turbine installed in the last year.
Residents of a Cornish village are celebrating a decision by a Government inspector to hold a public hearing on a wind farm application. Villagers of the small North Cornwall village of Morwenstow have spent the past two and a half years fighting an application by West Coast Energy to site three wind turbines in the parish.
Residents have given a controversial windfarm the thumbs down in a public consultation into the project, according to local councillors. A public consultation into German-based EnergieKontor UK Ltd plans to build 24 giant wind turbines on the moors between Oswaldtwistle and Haslingden drew to a close today (Friday). But councillors have said that they expect residents to have spoken out against the plans, which will be almost as tall as Blackpool tower. Rossendale Council leader Duncan Ruddick said he was against the plan for this location and any other in the Valley.
Fife Council's rejection of the Auchtermuchty windfarm application could be considered "reckless and open to legal action," according to a Cupar resident following the issue. Gordon Pay has lodged a complaint with Fife Council, claiming the report presented to the planning committee on June 29 misled the councillors. Mr Pay, a former member of the now-defunct group North East Fife Community Windpower, is himself looking at developing a wind energy site in north east Fife. He stressed his complaint did not relate to the merits of the Auchtermuchty application, but rather that the information presented to the planning committee was not competent.
Parish councils around a Shropshire site where giant wind turbines could be built have been urged to host public meetings as an energy company moves forward with its plans. North Shropshire MP, Owen Paterson, who is opposing a scheme for seven, 110-metre high turbines in fields near Dorrington, between Woore and Loggerheads, said parish councils had a vital part to play in giving residents the chance to glean more information. Dutch firm, Nuon Renewables, wants to build the turbines on the north Shropshire/Staffordshire border. It recently held an exhibition at Woore Victory hall to give details about the multi-million pound plan.
A windfarm extension that began a row between Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and Friends of the Earth Cymru will go ahead. Six new turbines can be added to the site at Pendine in Carmarthenshire after councillors backed them. The park authority said the structures, about nine miles (14.5km) from Tenby, would detract from the scenery. But Friends of the Earth Cymru said the objection was "bizarre" as the turbines were outside the park.
It now seems that, having disrupted and destroyed some of our local countryside with heavy negative industry, our Fenland Council has "accommodated" enough of these "awesome beasts", and may not wish to play ball with its political masters any longer. The wind industry has not been slow in reacting to the public's withering support of this industrialisation of our countryside and has placed its marketing machine into top gear. I agree with the council that it is time to withdraw from this rural carnage inflicted by these industrialists. I even more strongly object to my beloved English countryside being concreted over by international giants, that may have very little regard or no concern for our national heritage, the British countryside.
The decision on whether West Berkshire will get its first wind turbine has been delayed. The planning application for an 81m-high turbine next to the M4 at Baydon Meadow, Lambourn Woodlands, has been transferred to committee level at West Berkshire Council. A final yes or no was expected this month, but will not come until August.
PROTESTERS are fighting fresh plans to build a wind farm on green belt land in Mawdesley. Dozens of villagers and members of the Mawdesley Against Wind Farms (MAWF) action group turned up to a parish council meeting last Wednesday (July 11) night to voice their objections. Only one person out of 80 attending raised their hand to support the application.
Objections have been lodged over plans for three wind turbines in a North-east community. Cardiff-based firm Eco 2 want to erect the trio of turbines which would each stand at 80 metres. Residents living near the site, at Kirktown of Auchterless near Turriff, have raised concerns including the impact on wildlife, noise pollution and a potential loss of TV and phone reception.
Now plans have been unveiled to make use of this power as part of an ambitious renewable energy project on the banks of the Trent. Proposals have been submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council for a "landmark feature" of three arches, each containing five small wind turbines. Engineers believe the project will be functional, easy on the eye and "an iconic landmark feature for the scheme and the city".
Most members of a regeneration group were unaware that a report into the region's first community windfarm on a prominent site outside Selkirk had been commissioned on its behalf by its chairman. "I'd been tipped off, but others had no idea this had been done in their name until the study was released earlier this month," said Peter Field, secretary of the Selkirk Regeneration Group. And he claimed that, with the exception of chairman Dr Lindsay Neil, no-one in his organisation wanted to take the controversial proposal any further. "We have washed our hands of the whole crazy idea which is a recipe for community discord and fracture," said Mr Field.
Representatives from the company behind controversial plans to build a windfarm near Shap are to meet parish councillors, a week after the firm was criticised for "misleading" the public. The delegation from Gamesa, the energy company which hopes to get permission to install a ten-turbine windfarm on land above Shap, will visit the Eden Valley as part of a fact-finding mission and an attempt to "get to know the area better".
The largest wind farm ever to be built in Cornwall has been earmarked for the redundant airfield at Davidstow. Energy firm Community Power yesterday unveiled plans to build 20 massive turbines on the site, near the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
An MP has put his political clout behind a campaign against a proposed wind farm amid claims that properties within a 2km "blight zone" will be devalued by at least 35 per cent if the turbines are built. South Norfolk Tory MP Richard Bacon warned of damage to the "gentle rural landscape" if plans for seven wind turbines on the old Pulham Airfield site, near Diss, went ahead.
Controversial plans to install four 330ft-high wind turbines near a Derbyshire village have been thrown out. Planners from Derbyshire Dales District Council had recommended that planning permission for the turbines, at Carsington, be refused and councillors unanimously agreed with that decision at a meeting tonight. But the company behind the turbines, wind farm developer West Coast Energy, said it may appeal.
A controversial wind farm that has been held up for more than four years faces further delay after a protest group won the right to challenge the project in court. The Skye Windfarm Action Group (SWAG) is challenging Highland Council's decision to grant planning permission for the 18-turbine development at Edinbane. A hearing is set to take place on 1 July, 2008, at the Court of Session for a judicial review of the case. SWAG claims the council acted "illegally and irrationally" in granting permission. John Hodgson, SWAG's chairman, said: "As the council has issued consent, we are left with no option other than to seek legal redress." SWAG argues that the council did not properly apply European laws on protecting the environment. The council declined to comment yesterday.