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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.
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.
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.
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.
RWE npower fired a fresh salvo in the battle for green energy customers yesterday with plans for its biggest wind farm in Britain. The German-owned energy group said that it was beginning construction of its second offshore wind farm at Rhyl Flats, off the North Wales coast. The £190 million 90 megawatt project, using 25 Siemens turbines, is expected to be operational by the middle of 2009.
A windfarm rejected following fears it could throw aircraft off course is back on the agenda. Plans for the four 256ft turbines on agricultural land at Clochnahill, four miles south of Stonehaven, were thrown out by Kincardine and Mearns area committee in March. Proposals were rejected amid safety concerns that turbines could interfere with aircraft heading for Aberdeen Airport. But the applicant, Clochnahil-based farmer Hugh Gordon, is to challenge the decision and the case will now pass to a Scottish Executive hearing.
Plans are being drawn up for a large wind farm on the outskirts of Leeds, it was revealed today. The proposed development would be located on agricultural land at Hook Moor, near Micklefield and Garforth. It would involve as many as eight propeller-style turbines, each 80 metres (260ft) in height. Durham-based Banks Developments is aiming to submit a planning application for the project later this year. If all goes smoothly, work on site could start by 2009.
SOME people call them windfarms, others describe them as ‘power stations in inappropriate locations', but all agree that one alternative energy source is an issue dividing communities in Northumberland. Alastair Gilmour reports in the first of five features this week looking at the controversial windfarm issue.
Conservation and environmental pressure groups have banded together to fight against proposed changes in the planning laws. They say the reforms will take away the right to protest against major new developments such as nuclear power stations and airport extensions.
Derbyshire Dales District Council are to determine proposals for the erection of 4 wind turbine generators and associated infrastructure on land at Carsington Pasture at a special meeting of the Southern Area Planning Committee on Tuesday 17th July. The proposals, submitted by Carsington Wind Energy Limited, have been the subject of detailed consideration by the council who have sought advice on a wide range of issues from relevant experts in the field. The views and opinions of residents and statutory consultees including Natural England, Peak District National Park Authority and National Air Traffic Services have also been taken into account.
An invitation taken up by one of the country's leading authorities on renewable energy appeared to have killed off a scheduled public debate in Berwick yesterday. Dr John Constable, director of policy and research at the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF), had been invited by action group Save Our Unspoilt Landscape (SOUL) to the Border Green Festival at Mill Farm, Tweedmouth, to explain why north Northumberland is an inappropriate location for wind energy production. Two members of local pro-wind power groups, Joe Lannon and David Saunders, failed to turn up to put the case for wind farm development at three sites nearby, but it didn't prevent some heated debate.
But campaigners from local pressure group Vortex massed outside the venue and canvassed the opinions of visitors leaving the exhibition. Vortex member Roger Wytcherley, aged 55, of Napley Heath, said the majority of people were opposed to the plans. "Everybody has been very willing to tell us their feelings, and not many are for the wind farm," he said. "A lot of people say their questions are evaded and washed over. People are most concerned about noise and loss of equity in their houses. People are not buying houses around here because of the threat of the wind farm.
A bid to power an opera house with a 70ft wind turbine looks set to be thrown out after a council received a barrage of complaints against the environmentally-friendly project. Lewes District Council will discuss proposals to build the 850kw turbine at Mill Plain - 400m (1,312ft) from the Glyndebourne Opera House - this week. But despite more than 70 letters supporting the green initiative, councillors said they have received a further 230 from residents who are against the scheme. The National Trust, The South Downs Society, Natural England and The Ramblers Association are also against the plans.
Proposals for three giant wind turbines - which could meet nearly six per cent of domestic consumption across East Herts if built at High Elms Lane - will be the subject of a public exhibition in the village hall tomorrow from 11am to 4pm. The Bott family, owners of the land, want to gauge public opinion of their plans.
Save our Skylines lobby group is calling for the energy production of wind turbines in the Fens to be monitored by the district council. Group leader John Stoneman says Fenland council must take over the responsibility of monitoring, currently carried out by site operators.
Nick Bourne, Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales and Welsh Conservative Leader in the National Assembly for Wales, today expressed his total opposition to proposals to build two new large windfarms at Nant y Moch and Mynydd y Llyn in Ceredigion. Nick Bourne said: "I am totally opposed to any further large scale wind farm developments in Ceredigion.
ONE of the country’s leading authorities on renewable energy called yesterday for countryside wind farms to be abandoned as a viable power source for Northumberland. John Constable, director of policy and research at the Renewable Energy Foundation, said there were a range of better options for the county than the 71 turbines planned around Alnwick and Berwick.
CAMPAIGNERS opposed to a windfarm being built near Auchtermuchty have welcomed Fife Council's decision to back their objections. Members of the local authority's planning committee agreed last Friday to recommend that the application should be refused by the Scottish Executive when it goes to a public local inquiry. The application by EnergieKontor to build a five-turbine windfarm at Rossie, submitted in June 2006, attracted 420 objections and two letters of support.
THE Assynt Foundation has made an unexpected U-turn on its proposal for a controversial wind farm in north-west Sutherland. Plans for the six-turbine development have been put in the “deep freeze”, Foundation development manager Mark Lazzeri told a packed public meeting this week. The surprise announcement effectively stymied what had been widely expected to be a particularly angry and heated debate over the issue.
However, as soon as the Welsh Assembly published TAN 8, heralding the current rush of local wind farm planning applications, we were forced to look more closely into the claims made for on-shore wind power - both for and against. We were determined to find out if its contribution to the community as a whole (with respect to energy provision and reducing greenhouse gas emissions) would outweigh the problems such massive re-industrialisation would bring to local people if allowed to go ahead. Using only government sources and respected technical documents from the power industry itself, the results of our research have shocked and amazed us. It is clear allowing these large wind farms would jeopardise our health, wealth and quality of life along with biodiversity and the quality of our landscape/environment. All this to no real purpose since they cannot replace ordinary power stations and are four times more expensive than other means of reducing our carbon footprint.