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Reassurances have been made there are no plans to build wind farms on Cambridgeshire County Council-owned land despite a rash of proposals for turbines on private land in Huntingdonshire
Bridlington Town Council has voted to become part of a ‘united front' to deal with public concerns over wind farms. At a lively meeting, held at the Community Resource Centre on Victoria Road last week, a number of people worried about wind farm developments surrounding Bridlington.
A plan to build a controversial access route through Shawforth to the Crook Hill wind farm could be scrapped. Planners at Rossendale Council had been expected to make a decision on whether to give the A671 access road, 2km east of Whitworth, the go-ahead at a meeting on Wednesday.
"Given that there are already three wind farms totalling 37 turbines in this area, it is essential that an assessment is made as to whether there is any remaining strategy to take any more turbines," Mr Archbold said. "Northumberland has consented to more energy and renewable energy than any other county in England."
Campaigners who have spent years fighting plans to build a windfarm near their homes are breathing a sigh of relief after the energy firm behind the proposals announced it won't be appealing a council decision to refuse planning permission.
National grid company Western Power Distribution conceded there was a delay in hooking up the wind farm but a spokesman was not available to make a detailed statement.
Climate Change Capital said it had postponed a fund-raising that would have allowed it to buy SSE's 50 per cent interest in the Braes of Doune wind farm near Stirling for £61.3 million, as agreed last month. The fund blamed "financial market conditions" for its decision.
Unsurprisingly, planning officers and their committees have taken an increasingly sceptical view of applications. Too often, energy companies have held back key information. They have used bullying tactics, and regularly characterise those who have raised concerns about effects on human lives, the impact on landscape and wildlife, as selfish and trivial-minded.
'It is the inevitable and inexorable consequence of a costly, unpopular and completely pointless policy that is butchering Britain's green and pleasant landscape without having any effect on the climate. 'These green projects are only viable because of multi-million subsidies supporting a few hundred wealthy landowners and a handful of energy companies.
Greg Clark, the Minister for Decentralisation, said: "We're putting reforms in place that will deliver an efficient planning system that still supports sustainable growth and green energy developments, but rightly gives communities a say in the planning of their local area."
"You wouldn't take children or young horses on the roads round here - but no one would take them near a windfarm either." She's also concerned that the pylons and turbines could cause health problems for horses at her stud.
Disquiet is simmering gently in two rural communities in the south of the region after a renewable energy company announced plans for major windfarms.
Renewable energy experts have welcomed the latest attempt by the Welsh Government to reassure the industry of its commitment to further wind farm development, but said it still leaves questions about the network upgrade unanswered.
Campaigners backing the Saxby Wolds Against Turbines (Swat) campaign feel disappointed their efforts to get this application rejected have been dismissed. Neil Cameron, chairman for the campaign, said: "I am just disappointed the developers have not listened to our requests.
A planning application for the proposed Carrach Wind Farm five miles north west of Kirriemuir has been submitted to Angus Council by local landowners after three months of public consultation.
"REF's calculations suggest that the annual subsidies will rise to around 6 billion pounds ($9.6 billion) a year in 2020, with the program costing a total of 100 billion pounds ($160 billion) by 2030," he said. "These are heavy burdens and threaten to exhaust consumer patience."
The leader of Cumbria County Council has called on the Government to stop imposing wind farms on the county or force developers to pay compensation to blighted communities.
The winds of war are breaking over Totnes in a £4million turbine power battle of words and acronyms. On one side is Shoct - South Hams Opposing Commercial Turbines - who are dead against plans to site a pair of massive wind turbines just outside Totnes. On the other side is the newly formed Swish.
The Kincardine and Mearns area committee has requested that further guidance is urgently sought from the Scottish Government on what level of wind power generation Aberdeenshire Council should be expected to provide.
"The indicative capacities set out in Tan 8 in 2005 reflected a considered view of the potential impact of grid and transport connections. However, in a number of the SSAs, developer interest has now greatly exceeded those indicative figures. "The Welsh Government believes this level of development is unacceptable in view of its wider impacts on the local area.