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A map showing wind farms are visible from at least 60 per cent of Scotland is being released today by a leading environment campaign group. The purple areas on the map represent areas where 410ft high wind turbines are visible at a maximum distance of about 18 miles.
Communities secretary Eric Pickles has refused permission for three wind turbines in Lincolnshire, ruling that the proposals would result in a 'considerable level of harm' to the significance of a local heritage asset.
Opposition organisation Challenge Navitus has long said that Navitus Bay Development Ltd's images, shown to the public at exhibitions during the consultation phase, played down the scale of the development, which could see as many as 194 wind turbines as high as 200m placed off the coast - 12 miles from Christchurch, 13 from Bournemouth and Poole and nine from Swanage.
Companies applying for permission to build wind farms are to be given new planning guidelines amid fears some councils are being tricked into giving them the go-ahead. Revised Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) guidelines update eight-year-old rules on how photomontages and drawings to help local and other planning authorities assess the impact of the projects.
National Trust and South Downs National Park Authority both opposed plans for the Rampion wind farm, which will involve up to 175 turbines, each up to 689 feet tall
Eyesore wind turbines are to be banned from Scotland’s beauty spots – marking a major victory for The Sunday Post.
There were speakers for and against the project, but the majority of the 630-strong audience supported the view that it was ‘too big, too close and in the wrong location’.
Although it is not yet possible for the council itself to offer an opinion on the site, individuals sitting on the Community Services Committee have condemned the controversial proposals.
There has been an “incomplete, inconsistent, unrealistic and unclear” presentation of the socio-economic impacts and that “adverse conclusions” in NBDL’s own surveys were not highlighted in the consultation.
A decision to call-in a planning application to build three wind turbines at Killington Reservoir has been welcomed by conservationists. The Open Spaces Society was one of a number of groups who wrote to the Secretary of State urging him to call the matter in because of its far-reaching, national implications. They argued that the site is adjacent to the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks and the three 123-metre high turbines would destroy the view of the Howgills.
Despite officials recommending Wind Prospect Developments’ scheme for approval, Highland Council’s north planing committee voted 7-2 to reject it today, following a site visit 24 hours earlier. The turbines would have been 115-metres high within the Strath Fleet watershed between the hilltops of Cnoc na Fardaich to the north-west and Cnoc na h Uaighe to the south-east, but councillors were alarmed at its proximity to residents’ homes.
The billionaire property developer had alleged that Alex Salmond, Scotland's first minister, had secretly interfered in the decision to approve the 11-turbine European offshore wind deployment centre site (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay – a claim rejected on Tuesday by a Scottish civil court judge, Lord Doherty.
The wind farm would sit squarely in the middle of some of the most active sailing waters in Britain and on the edge of a busy shipping lane. Campaigners claim it would also dominate the view from much of Purbeck, Sandbanks, Studland, Bournemouth and other beauty spots nearby.
Poole MP, Robert Syms, has secured a debate on the proposed Navitus Bay Wind Farm Development in the House of Commons as arguments continue to rage over the plans. The debate will be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday at 4pm and will be replied to by a government minister.
The council had to reopen the consultation period late last month after it realised English Heritage had not been invited to take part in the process. Its officials are due to conduct a site visit before proving a response.
Hundreds clapped and cheered as Lincolnshire councillors unanimously rejected a proposal to build a wind farm near Hemswell Cliff, north of Lincoln. More than 350 people attended the special planning meeting held by West Lindsey District Council at Lincolnshire Showground on Wednesday, October 30.
“They are a damn sight bigger that most if the turbines you see around farms. “They are going to be pretty monstrous, a real eyesore. “I will be able to sit in my living room and see them - there will be no missing them.”
Planning officer, Dave Dimon, argued the Woodmancott turbines on a clear winter’s day would be detrimental to the landscape. The Winchester councillors said the turbines would have an “unacceptable impact upon the unspoilt landscape character of the area and its contribution to the setting of the South Downs National Park.”
Frustration over the quality and quantity of information provided by Navitus Bay Developments Ltd (NBDL) prompted a suggestion that Bournemouth council call on the Government to ‘throw the plans out without further ado’. But cabinet members instead decided to ask the town’s two MPs to pass on their disappointment about Navitus’ failure to answer their questions and provide additional information.
Campaigners said the turbines “turned the area into an industrial graveyard” as they celebrated news of the removal of the rusty machines, which will be used as scrap metal. Locals said they had blighted the landscape and hadn’t worked for three quarters of the time they had been at the site in the Yorkshire Dales.