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The controversial Standingfauld windfarm, which attracted hundreds of letters of support and objection - including representations by five community councils, Gleneagles Hotel and the developers behind the G West project - was given the final thumbs down by the Scottish Government last week.
The turbine explosion, apparently caused by a braking system malfunction, occurred on a development owned by Infinis Wind Holdings, the company behind the Windy Edge proposal. ..."The Ayrshire turbine was 100 metres high and the blaze raged for around 20 minutes before the fire brigade arrived to extinguish it," claimed Mr McGregor.
Families fighting plans for a wind farm say they are cranking up their campaign after seeing information about the visual impact of the massive turbines. More than 220 people have signed up to the campaign against proposals to build five turbines north of Morpeth.
The Journal revealed a month ago how the 77.9-metre high turbine is proposed on land owned by Coun Jackson, who originally claimed he had no knowledge of the application until it was lodged with the authority. He denied being actively involved in the proposal.
A couple have settled a High Court damages action against the owners and operators of a wind farm they say drove them from their farmhouse home with its "unbearable" noise. A judge was told the terms of the settlement agreed by tenant farmers Sarah Jane and Julian Davis were strictly confidential.
Jane and Julian Davis are suing landowners RC Tinsley Ltd and Nicholas Watts, as well as Fenland Windfarms Ltd and Fenland Green Power Co-operative Ltd, who own and operate the wind farm.
Applicant Keens Cheddar failed to provide information South Somerset District Council required for a full visual assessment and instead lodged an appeal for non-determination of the application within specified deadlines.
Strong recommendations by senior inspectors with An Bord Pleanala to refuse planning permission for two wind farms in the South Connemara area were rejected by the executive of the Planning Appeals Board who gave them the green light.
Protesters have accused developers behind contentious plans for a £35m wind farm near the Yorkshire coast of a campaign of divide and rule to ensure opposition fades away. The proposals to build as many as 14 475ft-high turbines on agricultural land close to Hunmanby, near Filey, have caused a public outcry.
The No to Wolds Wind Farm Group, which wants the area designated an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), had campaigned against the plans, which were turned down six to four at a meeting at County Hall in Beverley yesterday.
Nick Woolmington, chairman of NOPilrow, said: "The evidence is overwhelming in that the vast majority of local residents do not want this monstrous intrusion of what is nothing less than a vast industrial complex set in the heart of the green belt Somerset countryside."
Lorries are carrying stone along the A474 between Pontardawe and Cwmgors for a road which will lead to the 15-turbine Mynydd y Bettws wind farm. One local resident said dishes were "shaking off the walls" in his house, with others claiming members of the public were not consulted properly.
Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Project Ventures are leading the SMart Wind development, which could when completed feed in 4GW of power to the National Grid - via a substation at North Killingholme.
A replacement turbine - which would be put out to tender to a private firm - would cost more than £200,000. Last month Lib Dem councillors Alan Blair and Ciano Rebecchi branded the turbine a 'local embarrassment'.
No one would build wind turbines unless they were guaranteed a huge government subsidy paid for through household bills. If the 10,000 wind turbines, as promised by the government are built, then customers can expect their bills to rise by hundreds of pounds. Of course the government and the power companies will ensure that these "green taxes" are not detailed on the bills. What will we be left with when the subsidies run out?
Thousands of wind turbines stuck in the planning system because of fears they will disturb air traffic will be able to ahead thanks to a new technology. This means that many communities who thought wind farms could not be built in their area face the threat of turbines being built on their doorstep afterall.
RSPB said the proposal would have caused significant harm to the site if it had gone ahead. It said the hen harrier is one of the most persecuted birds of prey in the UK and is designated "red status", meaning it has the highest conservation priority.
Coun Greaves said: "All these schemes are notoriously inefficient and none of them would be constructed were it not for the government chucking huge sums of money at them in subsidies. "They will have an adverse effect on house prices and there is the destruction of the countryside to consider - they are a noisy eyesore.
Maldon district councillors and hundreds of campaigners believe the cumulative effect of three wind farms in the Dengie would leave the Maldon district with a vulgar landscape, traffic problems and a scarred environment. But the company planning the third wind farm will appeal the decision.
The number of wind turbines being refused planning permission by local authorities is "alarming", according to a renewable energy industry body. RenewableUK said approvals fell from 58% of the applied-for capacity in the year 2008-09 and 57% in 2009-10, to 39% in 2010-11.