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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A spokesman for Against Kinnettle Turbines (AKT) said: "The voice of the community was united with the clear message that the wrong site for a wind farm had been chosen so close to so many homes. "Also the beautiful landscape would have been destroyed by erecting giant turbines.
October has seen a flurry of plans being submitted for the building of wind turbines in the Laurencekirk area. Planning applications for five separate turbine sites were lodged at the start of October, along with one in Stonehaven and two in the Netherley.
Objectors to plans to build seven wind turbines on the Dengie have welcomed tonight's decision by councillors to oppose the project going ahead.
"Sadly, I am not surprised that the application has gone in as the district council cannot refuse them due to their wind power special planning document, which is now enforced. "Once developers know about an area where there is wind farm potential, these individual turbines go up to fill in the gaps.
Concerned landowners and farmers inundated renewable specialist gfw-Renewables with phone calls last month, after the announcement that Scottish wind turbine manufacturer Proven Energy was ‘teetering on the brink of financial collapse'.
An application to build a wind farm next to a beauty spot has been halted by the council, as it seeks more information on the environmental impact on the area. Ecotricity's application for 15 wind turbines at Stoke Lodge Farm, less than two miles from Salcey Forest, was due to be considered by Milton Keynes Council on Monday.
But soon after being installed the wind turbine became faulty and after a few months seized up - showering the school's playing field with debris. Since then the school has been locked in a battle with suppliers Proven Energy which has now gone into administration leaving the school with little hope of any money being returned - and a pile of scrap in their field.
People living near the site of the proposed wind farm are warning their lives could be at risk because of the building work. People living near a new wind farm say they fear the main road serving it will not be able to cope with large lorries needed during construction.
The large area called Wind Farm is the site Centrica plans to develop, and will become off limits to Irish Sea operators. The proposed extension to the Walney wind farm, also outlined, will create a narrow channel for the Steam Packet, and other ferry operators to navigate.
First, as he puts it, "The Financial Scandal". Wind farm subsidies are extraordinarily regressive. Quite simply, they take money from the poor (who pay electricity bills, and probably find themselves in "fuel poverty"), and give it to the rich.
“There is likely to be a significant cumulative impact from the operational impact of the 20 turbines proposed when added to the impact of the turbines at Braes of Doune and those schemes proposed and constructed within the Carron Valley area and at Merkins, West Dunbartonshire.”
Britain's Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm, which could be the world's largest when it opens, is at risk of delays as developers SSE and RWE npower and main builder Fluor argue over who pays the extra costs for faulty material.
This week the company announced it would step back from an appeal against the decision in a move which delighted campaigners ...However, jubilation has turned to dismay as it emerged yesterday that the Cheshire-based firm would instead be submitting a new application.
Council planners have refused a controversial application to build two 130m high wind turbines in a quiet Mid Suffolk village. Plans for two wind turbines and a substation at Potash Farm, in Wyverstone, were submitted to planning officials at Mid Suffolk District Council (MSDC) last year.
Windbyte, which tracks wind farm development in north Northumberland and the Borders, said the scheme raised serious issues of cumulative impact when taken with the wind farms approved elsewhere. "This proposal is an absolute shocker," said a Windbyte spokesman.