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Borders councillors have reacted angrily to having their carefully-considered policies on the siting of future turbines sacrificed on the altar of Scottish Government renewable energy targets.
Britain has invested £1.25billion in wind power, which is now the country's biggest renewable energy source. But critics have accused the Government and the National Grid of complacency over the risk of blackouts...A wind shortage last month forced the new 'last resort' measures to keep the lights on in homes across the country.
As part of the same decision two more wind farms were refused at Llaithddu and Llanbadarn Fynydd. DECC cited a number of reasons for refusing the four schemes, including concerns over the wind farms' effect on local biodiversity, local traffic, and landscape and visual impacts.
Bilsthorpe Parish Council had objected to the proposal, because of its visual impact and potential detriment to wildlife.
Massive wind turbines in Northumberland have “dramatically” and “abruptly” interrupted views of the county’s attractions and landscapes, a council report claims.
Alex Salmond and US presidential candidate in war of words as justices reject Trump's legal challenge over 11-turbine project that will 'spoil the view' from his Scottish golf course
Turbines are switched off when gales strike and for essential maintenance. But they are also halted at the request of the National Grid to balance the volume of electricity in the system. Compensation in the form of “constraint payments” is negotiated by windfarm operators.
Siemens Public Limited Company (plc) and RWE Innogy UK Limited (RWE) were fined after 27-year-old Colin Sinclair was killed when he came into contact with the unguarded rotating shaft of a gearbox within a turbine at Causeymire windfarm.
Germany-based Prowind, had failed to respond to a letter asking them for updates to an environmental review within an allocated seven-day period. Their failure to respond meant the council disposed of their application. More than 1,000 people made formal objections to the council when the plans were first unveiled by Prowind in 2008.
The plans attracted strong local opposition, and planning officers seemed to have taken the views of the objectors on board when they recommended that councillors refuse to grant planning permission because of the impact the turbines would have on the landscape and local heritage.
I'm not alone in saying turbines have a "visual impact." British landscape painters were up in arms against the wind turbines that were covering the UK's hills in 2006. Their protest echoed a host of other aesthetes, reactionaries, and concerned landowners standing with placards across the country to oppose new wind farms.
Now Melin Derwydd Limited have abandoned their plans for 10 turbines at Derwydd Bach near Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, which leaves only two remaining schemes from the original group of four.
In August it was announced that Vattenfall Wind Power Limited no longer planned to go ahead with their proposal for a windfarm at Nant Bach near Clocaenog Forest. Now Melin Derwydd Limited have abandoned their plans for 10 turbines at Derwydd Bach near Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, which leaves only two remaining schemes from the original group of four.
Plans for a 79-metre high wind turbine to power a water treatment plant in Lancashirelook set to be thrown out. County councillors will be advised next week to reject anapplication for the turbine at Heysham because insufficient information has been submitted about its likely impact on the ecology of the area.
The expansion of the Scout Moor wind farm could yet be stalled after the planning approval was ‘called in’ for review by the Government. Proposals to extend the number of wind turbines at the site from 26 to 42 were approved by Rossendale council’s planning committee in September.
A Department for Communities and Local Government statement said: "We have carefully considered the proposed expansion of Scout Moor Wind Farm against the government’s call in policy and decided that the planning applications should be decided by central government.
Lindsay Easton was killed while driving on a steep access road at Scout Moor quarry ...The quarry is part of the Scout Moor wind farm site, the largest inshore site in the country, which is operated by Peel Energy. “This tragedy was entirely avoidable had the company acted responsibly and ensured their crane fleet was effectively serviced and maintained.
The plans have attracted strong local opposition, and planning officers seem to have taken the views of the objectors on board. They have recommended that councillors refuse to grant planning permission because of the impact the turbines would have on the landscape and local heritage.
The largest windfarm ever proposed for Angus is hanging in the balance because the sums may not add up, it has emerged.
Scottish Government denials of adverse impacts upon tourism and visitor numbers, evidence of people suffering harm and of plummeting property prices, show an inability to accept that in reality all those things are happening. ‘Wilful blindness’ is an apt description of the status quo. Unbiased politicians unafraid to depart from party lines are few. If any exist with a capacity for serious research, will they please step forward to assist colleagues who don’t.