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Wind farm plans blown out by the Town Hall

Plans to erect nine 125-metre high turbines in the fields of rural Bedfordshire were thrown out by the Town Hall on Monday night. Bedford Borough Council's planning committee rejected the planning application for a wind farm at Airfield Farm, Podington. And the decision was loudly applauded by the audience in a packed Harpur Suite, many of whom held banners opposing the application.
14 Jun 2007

Watten postal ballot to be held over wind farm

PEOPLE living near the site of a contentious wind-farm proposal in Caithness are to be given a chance to have their say on the development. The postal ballot is being held to enable Watten Community Council to confirm its stance on the £83 million venture to the east of Spittal Hill. The Scottish Executive will have the final say on whether to give planning approval to the 30-turbine scheme. But the community council is being consulted and it will be viewed as a sounding board of local opinion on the development.
13 Jun 2007

Methil residents seek meeting over wind turbine

Concerned residents in Methil have called for a meeting with local councillors over plans to erect a wind turbine by the site of the new hydrogen plant. Householders were visited by a hydrogen office researcher who revealed a turbine, roughly two thirds the size of the chimney at the nearby power station, could be built at the proposed site of the plant. This, they say, will have a detrimental affect on the value of their property as well as causing a serious level of noise pollution, a documented hazard of windturbines in urban settings.
13 Jun 2007

Unspoiled environment is under threat

In Provence's Valee des Baux, where we live when not at home in Moray, wind farms are forbidden. Being France's most popular southern tourist destination, there is a consensus in Les Baux that any development likely to jeopardise the area's outstanding beauty must be banned. Similarly, Moray's future as a truly unique tourist destination in Scotland, and ultimately in Europe, will depend on how well it protects its own unique landscape.
13 Jun 2007

Fears for golden eagles at site of proposed windfarm

A controversial application for a 14 turbine windfarm in a scenic area of Argyll frequented by young golden eagles will be debated by planners this summer. A proposal by npower renewables to erect a windfarm at Allt Dearg, on moorland south of Lochgilphead overlooking Loch Fyne, was lodged with Argyll and Bute Council a year ago. A host of objections on various grounds came in, including visual impact and the potential adverse impact of the windfarm on golden eagles and other local rare bird species.
13 Jun 2007

Court bid to stop turbines plan

People power is being called upon to help fight plans for wind farms in Carmarthenshire. Protesters - who are taking their fight to court to overturn a decision to build 10 turbines near Pencader- are trying to rally support from hundreds of residents. A group of around 50 residents have formed the Blaengwen Objectors Group but they fear local apathy and lack of knowledge about the applications means fighting development is proving difficult.
13 Jun 2007

Beauty spot at the heart of continuing power debate

A secluded area, once frequented by Winston Churchill and which provided inspiration for novelists such as Anthony Trollope and Iris Murdoch, is set to take centre stage at the public inquiry into controversial proposals for a line of giant pylons through the Highlands. As the Inverness local session of the Beauly to Denny power line inquiry enters into its third week, the inquiry reporters are due to hear evidence from community representatives in Strathglass and Glen Urquhart plus Alex Grigg, joint owner of the historic Hilton Estate at the head of Strathglass. Over the years Hilton has been host to many distinguished visitors including prime ministers William Gladstone and later Winston Churchill, who learned to drive there.
12 Jun 2007

‘We’re not wind farm alley’

Proposals for a new Norfolk windfarm have emerged, increasing the potential number of turbines in the Swaffham area to more than 20. Plans by London-based energy company Hamex to build four 125m wind turbines on land at Round Covert between Swaffham and South Acre have reignited concerns about over-development. There are 10 wind turbines in the Swaffham area - with another six proposed between Swaffham and Sporle, two planned at North Pickenham and now four 3MW turbines proposed near South Acre. The Stop Turbines Action Group (Stag) has said that Breckland Council must act now to slap tighter guidelines on new windfarm development to prevent the area from being overrun with turbines.
12 Jun 2007

Congham action group steps up fight against turbines

An action group formed to fight controversial plans for 26 giant wind turbines in Congham is stepping up its campaign to have the scheme scrapped. The group - Against Congham Turbines (ACT) - was formed following a packed public meeting in March when more than 250 residents from surrounding villages attended to discuss the proposal. ACT has produced and delivered 4,000 leaflets about the scheme to homes in eight villages including Pott Row, Gayton, Hillington, Castle Rising and Massingham. And residents will be given the opportunity to air their views at a public meeting to be held at Grimston church, from 7.30pm on Thursday, July 5.
12 Jun 2007

Renewable Energy wins period of exclusivity to assess site for wind farm project

Renewable Energy Holdings PLC said it has secured a period of exclusivity from Mynnydd y Gwynt, the vendors of a proposed wind farm site in Llangurig, Wales to assess the viability of a wind farm development on the site. The company said the period of exclusivity runs up to August 31, until when it will have access to data and work performed to date by Mynnydd y Gwynt.
12 Jun 2007

Firm bids to halt sailing between wind turbines

He said: "There is no change to the day to day navigation rights at the site. "In releasing this public notice we are fulfilling a legal requirement placed on us by the CrownEstate. "The notice means that boats cannot legally sail into the turbines themselves, which is something most try to avoid anyway for obvious safety reasons. "Before the site was there ships could pass freely through those waters. Now they will be required to stay away from the coordinates occupied by the turbines." Any objectors have around five weeks to voice their concerns. Dave Dobson, chief fishery officer for theCumbria Sea Fisheries Committee, said: "To restrict navigation to fishing vessels within the site would be a total disaster for the trade in the area if the plans are approved."
11 Jun 2007

Weather test bid for wind farm

An area that has become a hot spot for wind farm developers will have a fresh application from an energy company. A public inquiry is due to be held into three proposed wind farms in the North Tyne area of Tynedale, and now Cornwall based Nuon UK Ltd has submitted a planning application to install a temporary meteorological mast. The mast, 60 metres high and in place for 30 months, would be put up north of Tone Hall, at Birtley, in the North Tyne. It would act as a weather station collecting data to establish if the location is suitable for a renewable energy development.
11 Jun 2007

Wind farm decision on hold

Planners have delayed a decision on a controversial wind farm at an Amman Valley beauty spot.Eco2 of Cardiff has applied to Carmarthenshire Council for planning permission to build 16 110m turbines on Mynydd y Betws, near Ammanford. Planning chiefs recommended that the wind farm be approved. But County Councillor for Glanaman, Colin Evans, called for a site visit when the application came up before the planning committee last Thursday. He said: "Members must see for themselves the potential impact of this development."
9 Jun 2007

Inspector to decide on £35m wind farm after councils disagree

Plans for a £35m wind farm in Northumberland will be determined by the Government after a green energy company found itself caught in a disagreement between two neighbouring councils. ScottishPower revealed last night it will appeal to the Planning Inspectorate after its bid to erect 13 giant turbines on land next to the 670-job Alcan aluminium smelter at Lynemouth was left in limbo. That is almost certain to mean a Planning Inspector conducting a public inquiry into the scheme before making a recommendation to the Secretary of State on whether it should be allowed.
9 Jun 2007

MP backs fight against windfarm plan

An MP who considered installing a wind-turbine on his house has joined protestors fighting proposals for a wind farm at a Suffolk beauty spot. Tim Yeo gave his backing to villagers in Chedburgh, Hawkedon and elsewhere who fear plans for up to eight 125m wind turbines at a disused airfield would tower over their homes.
9 Jun 2007

Protestors welcome wind farm report

Town Hall planning officers recommend councillors refuse nine-turbine bid for Podington. Plans to erect a wind farm featuring nine 125-metre turbines look set to go on hold after planning officers recommended refusing the project. The proposed wind farm at Airfield Farm, Podington, will be reviewed at a borough council planning meeting on Monday, but seems unlikely to get the go-ahead after being deemed "conspicuous and out of place in the rural landscape".
9 Jun 2007

Row Brews Over Windfarm plan for Western Isles

A new row is brewing over plans for yet another massive wind farm on Lewis. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) yesterday lodged an application for its "biggest ever" wind scheme with the Scottish Executive. The firm wants permission to erect 57 of the world's tallest turbines, each nearly 500ft high, across the hills and glens of Pairc in South Lochs, close to several villages and near to a popular tourist route.
8 Jun 2007
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