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Plans for windfarms at three sites in Montgomeryshire have now been revealed. Acciona Energy has announced today it intends to submit planning applications to Powys County Council for permission to generate electricity from wind at Waun Garno and Mynydd y Cemmaes.
Up to seven wind turbines are to be built in Northumberland, dwarfing the nearby power station. Wansbeck Council has given permission for the turbines to be built on land near the Alcan aluminium smelter at Lynemouth, near Newbiggin. Planners at Wansbeck Council advised councillors that Scottish Power had made a sound case for the development of the land as a wind farm.
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. Some islanders fear the £200million plan over 12 square miles will have a huge adverse visual impact since the turbines, running parallel to Loch Erisort, would be seen from Kinloch.
Another energy company is targeting Tynedale as a location for a windfarm. Cornwall-based Nuon UK Ltd has submitted a planning application to install a temporary meteorological mast on land north of Tone Hall, at Birtley, in the North Tyne. The site is very close to the location of three other proposed windfarms.
People in Mid Wales have been urged to fight the "deluge of proposals" for windfarms. Welshpool-based campaigner Dan Munford has collected almost 2,000 signatures. Worried residents across Wales have been signing up to fight the expected increase in the turbines. Many have voiced fears that any such increase could have disastrous effects on tourism.
A senior Highland Council executive is being asked to probe claims that a Caithness community council has flouted planning guidelines in its handling of a wind-farm proposal. According to a protest group, Watten Community Council has failed to gauge local opinion and has entered into improper negotiations with the would-be developer of the 30 turbines earmarked for Spittal Hill. Spittal Windfarm Opposition Group (SWOG) also accuses community councillor John Swanson of breaching guidelines by failing to declare a financial interest in the development.
Scottish & Southern Energy PLC said it submitted a planning application for a 205 megawatt wind farm at Pairc on Lewis in the Western Isles. The project will require an investment currently estimated at around 200 mln stg, the company said. Scottish & Southern also has six other wind farm proposals at various stages in the planning process, a release said
THE Scottish Executive yesterday received plans for a large-scale wind farm in an area of Lewis which could be subject to Scotland's first hostile crofting community buy-out. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) wants to build 57 turbines, each nearly 500ft high, at Pairc in South Lochs, which will feature in a test case at the Scottish Land Court next week. SSE originally wanted to erect 125 towers, but this has now been reduced to 57, although the structures will be taller and more powerful.
Energy giants wanting to string massive pylons through a Highland bird sanctuary based their homework on "scant information," according to a leading naturalist. Sir John Lister-Kaye, director of the Aigas field centre at Strathglass, yesterday told the public inquiry into Scottish and Southern Energy's planned Beauly-Denny transmission line upgrade he was "dismayed" the company had failed to tap into an environmental databank he and his staff had spent 30 years collating. Pointing to a significantly different account of bird flight-paths, the author said the only logical conclusion he could come to was that "the applicants' survey was inadequate". And he said the results suggested the 30 ecologists hired by SSE were "maybe in the wrong place at the wrong time".
The views of community councils, a neighbouring local authority and 131 residents have been cast aside with plans for 16 wind turbines on Mynydd y Betws likely to be given the go-ahead. Councillors from Betws, Cwmaman, Llanedi, Ammanford and Llandybie have all objected to the proposal, as has Neath Port Talbot Council. However, the application, which also covers an anemometer mast, electrical sub-station and control building, electrical connections and access roads, has been recommended for approval.
Developers behind a controversial windfarm in South Cambridgeshire are to appeal against planning refusal. Renewable Energy Systems claim the site at Wadlow Farm near West Wratting is the best location in the district for a windfarm and will continue to pursue the project.
A wind farm proposed to be built on the outskirts of Balsham has been refused planning permission by South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC). The council's planning committee met yesterday (Wednesday) morning to determine the outcome of the application for 13 turbines that make up Wadlow Wind Farm, to be built to the northwest of West Wratting and Balsham. Cllr Philippa Corney, planning committee chairman, said: "SCDC is fully supportive of renewable energy initiatives in South Cambridgeshire. "However, the scale of this application was not appropriate for this particular location.
STOP - and meet the Sibsey Turbine Onshore Protest group. Formed to oppose plans for the Needham wind farm, the group will fight to keep Sibsey sail-free. Arthur Doughty, STOP's media and research officer, said: "The group is a nucleus to represent the village.
Planners at two neighbouring councils could soon be at loggerheads over a bid to develop a major wind farm next to one of Northumberland's biggest employers. ScottishPower wants to erect 13 giant turbines - each measuring 121m from base to rotor blade tip - on farmland west of the Alcan smelting complex at Lynemouth. Because the site straddles the boundary between Castle Morpeth and Wansbeck, the company has had to seek planning permission from both local authorities to build up to seven turbines in each area.
A public inquiry report on a controversial windfarm proposal for Ae Forest will be with the Scottish Executive this month. Ministers must decide if the 71-turbine development will get the go-ahead. The proposal from CRE Energy Limited went to an inquiry last year after Dumfries and Galloway Council rejected the scheme.
Objectors fighting Carmarthenshire's latest wind farm development are considering legal action to halt the plans. County planners approved planning permission last March to build 10 turbines on land next to Blaengwen Farm, near Alltwalis, Pencader. Some residents are considering a legal challenge to halt the build.
Protesters have taken a step forward in their fight to stop proposals for a windfarm on the outskirts of a village. The Campaign to Limit Onshore Development (Clowd) says a Bedford Council planning officer's report recommends the local authority refuses permission for the turbines to be set up at Airfield Farm in Podington, near Wollaston. Bedford Council, the controlling authority, will vote on whether to approve plans for the windfarm at a meeting on Monday. A spokesman for the council said: "After careful deliberation, officers have now concluded their findings.
MP Alan Whitehead has thrown his weight behind plans to protect Hampshire's marine life and to allow for the development of offshore renewable energy farms. Southampton Test MP Alan Whitehead backed proposals for new legislation to halt destruction of the UK's marine environment, including the Solent.
BATTLE lines were drawn yesterday as one of the country's biggest energy companies launched its appeal against a decision to reject plans for a massive wind farm in a quiet corner of Essex. Maldon District Council turned down a planning application by Npower in July last year to erect 10 turbines at Hockley Farm, close to the village of Bradwell-on-Sea. The company appealed against the ruling and a public inquiry began yesterday at the district council's offices in Princes Road, Maldon.
A LOCAL campaign group's opposition to a plan to site wind turbines at Spittal Hill is being supported by Castletown and District Community Council. That was decided at a meeting of community councillors in the Drill Hall on Thursday night after the subject had been raised by chairman Douglas Fraser. He suggested backing the stance taken by the Spittal Windfarm Opposition Group as he felt the development would be "in the wrong place" and too close to houses. Mr Fraser maintained that the location was inappropriate and also claimed there could be a loss of amenity arising from the 30 turbines proposed at the site.