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They said that despite the benefits of renewable energy, the negative elements of the application were not outweighed by any "special circumstances" in its favour. Their report states: "The proposed wind turbine would represent an encroachment of inappropriate development into the Green Belt that would have a harmful effect on the openness of the Green Belt.
But despite industry outcry at the changes, official impact assessments reveal most of these turbines were not expected to get built in time for the original 2017 closure of the scheme anyway. Just 200 megawatts – about 80 turbines or fewer – have actually been blocked as a result of the early closure, the Department of Energy and Climate Change estimates.
Start with a suite of renewable-energy policies that keep ratcheting up electricity costs. The so-called renewables obligation, which requires utilities to buy a steadily increasing share of their power from trendy green sources such as solar and wind, is driving up wholesale power prices. So is the feed-in tariff, which forces utilities to pay a minimum rate for renewable electricity that’s higher than the cost of fossil-fuel-fired generation.
Light aircraft pilots have warned it is “just a matter of time” before wind farms cause a “disastrous” accident in Scotland.
Gannets have been found to fly higher above the sea when searching for food which makes them vulnerable to turbine blades
In the UK this August, two massive offshore wind developments were thrown into tumult. ...The Crown Estate plans to have at least 10 GW of offshore wind capacity in the water by 2020. Industry observers aren’t as optimistic, pointing out that the UK’s new Conservative government has announced plans to end its renewables obligation support for onshore wind by April 2016
In July of this year it said that the site, originally opened in 2011, would close with the loss of up to 150 jobs after the failure of exhaustive efforts to find a buyer. This morning it was reported that Simec, which bought Uskmouth power station last year, had made an offer to buy the Mabey Bridge plant ...an offer of £8.5m, considerably below Mabey Bridge's valuation of £11.5m.
After years of controversy, planning permission has been refused for a commercial scale windfarm near Garvagh. The application, first lodged in 2011, was turned down at the Causeway Coast and Glens council due to the visual impact on the surrounding rural environment.
A controversial proposed wind turbine will not be built – after being rejected by both the borough council and the planning inspectorate.
[T]wo new wind farms planned nearby could threaten the colony, according to a new Government-funded study which found that gannets fly higher than had been thought – putting them at much greater risk of collision with turbine blades.
Crucially, the study also shows that the birds' feeding grounds overlap extensively with planned wind farm sites in the Firth of Forth, heightening their risk of colliding with turbine blades. The researchers estimate that up to 12 times more gannets could be killed by turbines than current figures suggest, although they stress that the figure is based on calculations using current typical turbine sizes, which could be different to those actually installed, and that there is great uncertainty over actual turbine avoidance rates.
Speaking after he lost his case at the Court of Session, Mr Trump, who also owns Trump Turnberry golf course in Ayrshire, said it was "impossible to have a fair hearing challenging wind farm applications in Scotland". He has also criticised former First Minister Alex Salmond, accusing him of abusing his power and "hurting the people of Scotland" over his support for wind farms.
Another wind farm planned on Bassetlaw land has bitten the dust after the Government pulled a subsidy scheme from under developers. Plans for six turbines on land near Saundby that many residents feared would over-industrialise the Trentside landscape have now been shelved.
Clark’s decision letter said that the secretary of state "attaches considerable weight to the significant adverse effect that the proposal would have on the character and visual amenity of the landscape as well as to residential amenity of some neighbouring properties in respect of outlook".
DCLG’s decision letter said Clark had attached “considerable weight” to the significant adverse effect that the proposal would have on the landscape as well as to neighbouring residential properties.
The company hoped to plant 11 turbines as high as 150 metres on marshland near Chislet and Marshside, near Canterbury. But this week RES appeared to backtrack, conceding it had suspended its proposals. It refuses to comment on whether public opposition has played a part.
The wind farm, which currently has 26 turbines, will now be increased to 42 following decisions from Rossendale and Rochdale council. Rossendale Council previously gave the go-ahead for 14 turbines to be erected on their land.
A "shocking" military dossier reveals a catalogue of potentially catastrophic air safety incidents, many of them related to unlit turbines and new or uncharted developments. However, the Ministry of Defence withheld more information on national security grounds meaning the real number could be much higher.
But Angus Hutchinson, the authority’s principal development control officer, said there were many species of bats and some could be severely affected by the turbine. He recommended to members that the application be rejected as a result of this, despite it having been recommended for approval in their papers.
An adverse impact on the local landscape and the setting of heritage assets has led the secretary of state to dismiss plans for between eight and 10 wind turbines in Lincolnshire.