Articles filed under Zoning/Planning from UK

Developers eye winds of change

Windfarm developers are eyeing a hillside in the Dulais Valley where more than a dozen turbines could soon be going up. Bosses at Acciona Energy today revealed they are likely to put in a planning application later this year. Villagers have already given the proposals a mixed reception, but they are being offered the chance to find out more.
5 Jun 2007

Mass wind-farm plan branded 'vandalism'

THE possibility of setting up a number of large wind farms on the Dava Moor has been attacked by a leading Euro MP as "vandalism on a grand scale". The Tory MEP Struan Stevenson wants the proposals stopped immediately and a detailed investigation carried out. He plans to submit a dossier to the environment commissioner in Brussels, alleging several potential breaches of EU directives.
5 Jun 2007

National park hits back at its critics

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has responded to comments which criticised its decision to refuse planning permission for a wind turbine. An Assembly inspector recently overturned the authority's decision and gave the nine-metre high turbine, near Newport, the go-ahead, following an appeal. The authority's chief executive Nick Wheeler said: "National park authority officers are very well aware of the problems of climate change which face us all, but they are also charged with protecting and enhancing the landscape and implementing policies which have been adopted following widespread consultation with the public.
4 Jun 2007

Lewis laird offers land for windfarm cable plan

Lewis landowner Nicholas Oppenheim has offered his land as a site for a proposed cable and interconnector for a controversial windfarm. The Eishken Estate owner has stated there is no reason why the proposed cable and interconnector for the Beinn Mhor Power windfarm could not be located on his land, alongside the 53 turbines currently seeking Scottish Executive approval.
4 Jun 2007

Wind farm plans prompt protests

Walkers opposed to a wind farm development in the Ochil Hills are set to take part in a protest hike. The campaigners are angry at plans to site a 13-turbine wind farm on Burnfoot Hill, near Tillicoultry. Clackmannanshire Council backed the project put forward by Edinburgh company Wind Prospect Developments in March. The council said the 102m high (334ft) turbines would not be visible from most surrounding towns.
3 Jun 2007

Lord’s fear over SSE plans for future

One of the leading campaigners against plans to upgrade pylons through the heart of the Highlands yesterday warned that power giant Scottish and Southern Energy could be planning to construct more power lines from Beauly. Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, claims SSE are using a compulsory purchase order to buy more land from his Beauly estate than they need for the massive pylon upgrade planned to stretch to Denny in Stirlingshire. He believes that, if all the plans for windfarms north of Beauly get the go-ahead, there would not be enough pylons to carry the electricity from the Balblair switching station to the rest of Scotland. And he reckons SSE are quietly preparing for that eventuality.
1 Jun 2007

Villagers to view windfarm plans

Villagers living near Fakenham will get their first chance to see detailed plans for a five-turbine windfarm near their homes later this month. E.On UK, one of the country's biggest green power generators, wants to build the farm on land between the villages of Syderstone, Bagthorpe and Barmer.
1 Jun 2007

Proposal for wind farm faces probable rejection

In a report to councillors, David Rush, development control quality manager, said the decision came down to a balance between support for renewable energy and the harm a wind farm would do to the landscape. He said: "I do not consider the economic, climatic or ecological benefits accruing from the scheme outweigh the substantial harm caused by the scale of this proposal."
1 Jun 2007

Scale of Gathercauld windfarm is reduced

The proposed Gathercauld windfarm has been reduced in size from 13 turbines to five. Developer EnergieKontor made the announcement at its exhibition about the project at Craigrothie Hall last Thursday. Project manager Mick McLoughlin said the change came after consultation about the impact on the area's landscape, heritage and possible effects on radar at R.A.F. Leuchars.
1 Jun 2007

Bid to save Sleeping Goddess from turbines

A Lewis-based archaeologist has hit out at proposals to erect a Western Isles windfarm on a famous and mystical hill formation that resembles a woman lying on her back. If the plan is successful, Cailleach na Mointeach, the Old Woman of the Moors, would have some of the 53 turbines sprouting from her knees. The Cailleach, also known as the Sleeping Goddess, can be seen to the south side of the ancient Callanish stone circle.
1 Jun 2007

Plan for massive wind turbines

The first commercial wind farm in the UK could be replaced by the latest wave of towering turbines, it has emerged.The ten 100ft (30-metre) turbines have stood at a rural site at Delabole, North Cornwall, since 1992. The wind farm, one of the country's first, is visible from the main A39 route into Cornwall and has since become an iconic landmark. But now site owner Good Energy has revealed plans to "repower" the turbines.
31 May 2007

Beauly-Denny power line inquiry restarts

A MULTI-MILLION pound inquiry into plans to double electricity pylon sizes from Beauly to Denny restarted in Inverness yesterday-as the Executive considered proposals to abandon it altogether. Campaign groups against proposals to build 600 towers, some almost 200ft high, have already made three legal submissions claiming major flaws have surfaced in Scottish and Southern Energy's case and calling for a halt to the inquiry. But 11 weeks after those submissions were made at the £10 million public inquiry during its "strategic session" in Perth, ministers have yet to consider the documents and decide on their relevance.
31 May 2007

Deja ‘view’ as wind firm earmarks hill

Plans were unveiled this week for a £10 million wind farm in Easter Ross - just four years after the community waged a major campaign against a similar proposal. European wind energy company, Falck Renewables, has submitted a report to Highland Council outlining plans to carry out an environmental impact assessment for a five-turbine, 10 megawatt output, wind farm on top of famous local landmark, Hill of Nigg. A formal planning application will be made later this year and, if it is successfully developed, local people could have the chance to buy shares in the wind farm.
31 May 2007

Turbine planners to monitor force of the wind

Wind farm planners have announced they hope to build a mast to take detailed measurements of the gusts on an East Lancashire moorland site. German-based EnergieKontor UK Ltd hopes to build 24 giant wind turbines on the moors between Oswaldtwistle and Haslingden. The company has begun a consultation process with local councils and residents about the proposals.
31 May 2007

Environmental groups join forces to fight Glyndebourne over 230ft wind turbine

World-renowned Glyndebourne Opera House is embroiled in a row with environmental groups over plans to erect a 230ft wind turbine. The East Sussex venue wants to build the 850kw turbine on Mill Plain, between Ringmer and Glyndebourne. Four groups have united to fight the plans, claiming its position in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty is "absolutely wrong".
30 May 2007

Wind-farm developers ‘giving two fingers’

Campaigners seeking to block new large-scale wind farms proposed in Caithness are questioning the value of the Highland Council's recently-produced development blueprint. The document identifies the county as suited to site only small schemes. But that has not stopped plans for a number of major turbine ventures being tabled. According to Islay MacLeod, giving any the go-ahead would defeat the point of the exercise undertaken by the council and would undermine local democracy.
30 May 2007
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