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Village defies wind farm

An application for the erection of four 410ft wind turbines on Corrwg Fechan Mountain has been received by the Planning Department of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. Corrwg Fechan is in the heart of the village of Glyncorrwg, where there is great opposition to these highly visible monstrosities being sited. As Chairman of the Glyncorrwg Action Group, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the very many residents of the village who have written to the planning department objecting to this outrageous proposition.
12 Jul 2007

Milnathort turbines given thumbs down

Controversial plans to site a wind cluster near Milnathort have once again been given the thumbs-down by the local council. An application by John Lawrie Tillyrie Ltd. to erect five turbines just north of the village was first refused almost two years ago by Perth & Kinross Council and is currently the subject of an appeal. At a meeting of the development control committee, it was decided that the council would stick to its guns on the issue.
12 Jul 2007

Auchtermuchty windfarm firm attacks council

Fife Council's handling of the Auchtermuchty windfarm application has been criticised by the company behind the plan. EnergieKontor project manager Mick McLoughlin said he found incredible the council's claim it did not have enough information about the proposal. He called Fife "a maverick authority" because it chose not to follow Government guidance on noise in relation to wind turbines published in 1997.
12 Jul 2007

Protest art at Queen’s

With the odd weather bringing speculation that global warming is showing its ugly effects, environmental awareness is on the up.So should we be welcoming proposals for wind turbines? Not according to artist Christine Lovelock. She said: "Wind power on an industrial scale is not as clean and ‘green' as it is made out to be. There are other, far better ways to do it." Last May Christine undertook a month long walk around Devon and painted various locations of the unspoilt landscapes.
12 Jul 2007

Problems with wind farms in England

Our experience shows that there is a real noise problem, which can be severe. Unfortunately, it is clear that existing regulations are not adequate to protect people, and until this whole noise phenomenon is better understood and regulated we feel that Councils and wind developers should be exercising the Precautionary Principle. Large wind turbines should not be permitted close to residential areas.
12 Jul 2007

Parishes unite to stop turbine plan

Talks are underway in neighbouring rural parishes following proposals to site two new wind farms either side of the North Devon and North Cornwall border.British wind energy company Coronation Power is looking to build up to six turbines at Wheelers Cross, just over a mile east of Bradworthy - home to North Devon's first wind farm. Meanwhile just over the border in neighbouring Morwenstow, residents are calling for another public debate after power company West Coast Energy appealed against a recent planning decision to refuse an application to build a wind farm at Crimp.
12 Jul 2007

Massive Turbine Scheme Unveiled

Plans have been drawn up for the biggest wind farm in Cornwall, the WMN can reveal. Community Windpower, the company behind the proposal, wants to plant 20 towering turbines in and around Davidstow Woods just outside Camelford, North Cornwall. At more than twice the height of Nelson's Column from base to blade tip, the 414ft monoliths on part of the deserted Second World War airbase would be the tallest in both Devon and Cornwall.
12 Jul 2007

Wind farm bid blow

Plans to build giant wind turbines at a Dales beauty spot look set to fall at the final hurdle because of their 'visual intrusion'. The proposal for four green-energy generators to power 5,591 homes, has been put forward by Carsington Wind Energy Limited but has met with a number of objections about the chosen location. And now Derbyshire Dales District Council planning officers have recommended that the application for the 335ft tall turbines at Carsington Pastures, two miles west of Wirksworth, should be refused.
12 Jul 2007

Top TV Naturalist David Bellamy Joins 150 Anti-Windfarm Protestors at Cefn Coch near Llanfair

After a six month pre-Assembly election moratorium on development, as many as 22 applications for new windfarms are now pending in Powys and anti-windfarm activists are organising themselves to oppose them. Famous TV naturalist Professor David Bellamy visited Mid Wales to give his support to anti-windfarm campaigners in Powys this weekend.
12 Jul 2007

Wind farm plan for Lotus test track

Green energy company Ecotricity has submitted plans to build a wind farm in the centre of the Lotus test track at Hethel. The Norfolk sports car manufacture announced, in April, that it had joined forces with Ecotricity in a drive to minimise its carbon emissions and help combat global warming by producing renewable power on site.
12 Jul 2007

Lewis crofters ready to take wind-farm fight 'all the way'

MORE than 700 crofters yesterday vowed to take the battle to keep their land to the courts, in a move to block one of Scotland's biggest proposed wind farms. Crofters on the Galson and Barvas Estates on Lewis said they were stepping up their campaign to thwart the 181-turbine development. The project is currently awaiting a decision by the Scottish Executive. However, whether the scheme goes ahead could finally rest with the Scottish Land Court, as the crofters say they will fight any move to resume croft land to make way for building.
12 Jul 2007

Parishes to meet over windfarm bid

Parish councillors have called a public meeting to discuss proposals for a windfarm in their rural south Norfolk community. Renewable power company SLP Energy is looking to build a total of seven turbines on a site in Semere Green Lane, five of which would be in Dickleburgh, and one each in neighbouring Pulham Market and Pulham St Mary. The site is less than 10 miles from Hempnall, where a similar proposal has sparked fierce opposition from villagers who have launched an action group to oppose the development.
11 Jul 2007

All aboard the ‘turbine express’

The Lake District attracts more than 17 million visitors, one million overnight stays and tourist spending in excess of £34m a year. Its lure to tourists is well known - hills, dales, lakes and attractions that range from Beatrix Potter to owl sanctuaries, and traditional Lakeland shows to restored miniature steam railways. But now, if the West Cumbria branch of Friends of the Earth have their way, visitors will be heading to this particular green and pleasant corner of England to gawp at . . . wind farms.
11 Jul 2007

Glyndebourne wind turbine gets go-ahead

Councillors have given the green light to plans for the construction of a controversial wind turbine. Lewes District Council's planning committee voted in favour of the 70-metre turbine which will supply energy to Glyndebourne Opera House near Lewes. Planning officers had recommended the application should be refused but at a packed meeting at Lewes Town Hall tonight the plan was approved by six votes to four.
11 Jul 2007

Study says too many turbines

A study on wind farm development in north Northumberland, commissioned by the North-East Assembly, has found the area can accommodate up to 15 turbines - fewer than half the number currently being proposed. The Arup report into development to the south and west of Berwick has concluded the area can handle 30 to 40 megawatts of energy output and no more. Applications to build 36 turbines have been submitted to Berwick Borough Council but have yet to be determined.
11 Jul 2007

Row over ‘Tenby views’ turbines

Plans to extend a windfarm that may be seen from one of Wales's most popular seaside resorts has sparked a row. Friends of the Earth (FoE) is unhappy at opposition from Pembrokeshire Coast National Park for six new turbines at Pendine, Carmarthenshire. FoE claimed the park authority's main objection seemed to be they would spoil the view from Tenby, 8.7 miles away. But an authority spokesman said it had a duty to "preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the park". The FoE claimed the park was willing to support fossil fuel developments but not renewable energy.
11 Jul 2007

Watten ballot goes against wind farm plan

Opponents of the proposed Spittal Hill wind farm have warmly welcomed the thumbs-down given to the controversial scheme by people living in and around Watten. In a ballot carried out for the local community council, just over three in five votes were cast against the 30-turbine development. The exercise was carried out following an acrimonious meeting of the community council last month. It represents a setback for community council chairman Jim MacDonald, who has promoted the financial spin-offs the wind farm could bring for the community. Of the 474 ballot papers sent out, 137 returns came back against the development and 78 in favour of it. With a handful of spoiled papers, that gave a response rate of 46.4 per cent.
11 Jul 2007

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