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Scout Moor expansion could still be overturned by the Government

An agreed expansion of the Scout Moor wind farm remains in limbo, after government bosses confirmed they could still overturn the decision. Rossendale council’s development control committee voted in favour to approve the plans to expand the wind farm from 26 to 42 turbines, back in September, despite fierce opposition from campaigners.
6 Nov 2015

Government accused over 'noisy' Northumberland wind turbines

“The INWG suggest these two decades of deception are now resulting in serious annoyance and far reaching risks to the health and wellbeing of large numbers of people living in the proximity of wind farms.” The report calls for an “overhaul of the planning conditions that have led to these wind farms being granted planning permission in the first place."
2 Nov 2015

Rannoch windfarm plans thrown out as company didn't exist when submitted

The Scottish Government has turned down plans for a windfarm on a highly sensitive Highlands site because the company applying for permission didn’t exist at the time of the submission. ...Helen McDade, head of policy for the John Muir Trust, said: “For the past 16 months, we have worked closely with the local Keep Rannoch Wild campaign and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland to stop this monstrosity in the heart of Wild Land Area 14, so we are delighted that the scheme has been deemed not competent.
31 Oct 2015

Campaigners celebrate after wind farm appeal is dropped at 11th hour

Dedicated campaigners are celebrating after an appeal against Calderdale Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a wind farm near Todmorden was withdrawn at the 11th hour. ...A spokesperson for Kelda Water Services said: “Changes in government policy have made the site at Gorpley no longer attractive as a renewable source at present.
29 Oct 2015

Council apologises over planning errors

Allerdale council has made a public apology over its handling of a councillor's planning application. The Local Government Ombudsman recommended that the council apologised publicly over errors it made when dealing with Councillor Jim Lister's application for a wind turbine at Oughterside Mill, Oughterside.  
23 Oct 2015

Navitus Bay plans scrapped

Navitus Bay project director Stuart Grant said today: "After careful consideration, Navitus Bay has chosen not to challenge the decision by the Secretary of State to refuse consent for the proposed wind park.
19 Oct 2015

Planning officers refuse application for second wind turbine at Naylor's Hill Quarry, Black Moor Road

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.
9 Oct 2015

Ending wind farm subsidy scheme will save households 30p, Government estimates

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.
9 Oct 2015

British Steel’s Green Death

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.
7 Oct 2015
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