Articles filed under Zoning/Planning from UK

Anti-pylon groups push sea option

Opponents to a proposed power line upgrade to connect wind farms with the National Grid want the electricity to be carried underwater. A public inquiry into the 137-mile plan has moved to its second phase with a hearing in Inverness. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) wants to build an upgraded pylons line from the Highlands to Denny. However, Scotland Before Pylons said sub-sea cables should be used as most of the electricity will be exported.
29 May 2007

Pylon inquiry starts second phase

A public inquiry into a proposed 137-mile power line upgrade through the Scottish countryside is to move into its second phase. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) want to build an upgraded line of pylons from the highlands to the central belt. The new proposed pylons would be up to twice the size of the current ones but fewer would be used. Over the next month the session in Inverness will hear evidence on the pylons' impact on the landscape.
29 May 2007

Plans revealed for Nigg wind farm

New plans to build a small scale wind farm at Nigg in Easter Ross were unveiled today (Tuesday). Falck Renewables, whose Operations HQ for the UK is based near Inverness, has submitted a report to Highland Council outlining plans to carry out an environmental impact assessment for a 5-turbine wind farm on Hill of Nigg. A formal planning application will be made later this year following the assessment, which will take a further 6 months to complete.
29 May 2007

Fury around Glyndebourne turbine

Four environment groups have united to fight plans by Glyndebourne Opera House for a 70m (230ft) wind turbine. Glyndebourne wants to site the 850kw turbine on Mill Plain, between Ringmer and Glyndebourne in East Sussex. "The position in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Park designate is absolutely wrong," said Dr Tony Parker of the South Downs Society.
29 May 2007

Wind turbines plan backed by councillors

TWO new wind turbines in Alvah have come a turn closer. Plans for the erection of turbines at Strath of Brydock, Alvah, for the Grampian Country Food group, were given the nod by the Banff and Buchan area committee of Aberdeenshire Council. They will now be referred to Scottish Ministers for a final decision.
29 May 2007

Wind turbines plan to transform harbour

Plans to build up to five 120-metre tall wind turbines at Shoreham Harbour are being drawn up, The Argus can exclusively reveal. Green power company Ecotricity has held meetings with Brighton and Hove City Council to discuss the proposal, which could generate electricity for up to 7,500 homes. Scouting work has already been carried out at Shoreham Harbour and the energy company has located four or five possible sites, two within the city boundaries, on the eastern arm of the port. Ecotricity believe the wind farm could hold up to five turbines, although two to three are more likely, which will tower 120 metres to the tip, including an 80-metre base and 40-metre blades.
29 May 2007

Plans for new windfarm

Plans for a new windfarm development near Nantglyn have been received by Denbighshire County Council's planning department. The county council has received an application for a 16 turbine windfarm on land east of Llyn Brenig. The application has been submitted by Natural Power Consultants Ltd, acting as agents for Brenig Wind Limited.
25 May 2007

Energy park fight still up in the air

CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to continue their fight to stop an old Ministry of Defence airfield being turned into an energy park after councillors delayed making a decision on plans for the site. East Northamptonshire Council's planning committee was expected to approve plans by Chelveston Renewable Energy Limited to change redundant buildings at Chelveston airfield so they could be used for energy generation. But after debating the issue at a meeting on Wednesday. the committee deferred a decision until members had visited the site.
25 May 2007

Giant pylon line unnecessary, say experts

Building the controversial Beauly to Denny transmission line would be an "entirely unnecessary act of vandalism", according to three senior industry and economic authorities who have complained that the public inquiry into the proposal will not let them explain why. The three - Professor Andrew Bain, Sir Donald Miller and Mr Colin Gibson - have written an open letter to the press because of their frustration that the inquiry is not allowing crucial evidence to be aired which would expose what they claim are deep flaws in the proposals.
25 May 2007

Responses to wind farm plan flood in

North Devon District Council have received more than 500 responses from members of the public wanting to comment on the controversial Batsworthy Cross wind farm application. As the time for decision making draws nearer, NDDC planning department will have to read and consider each comment before completing their report. In November 2006, NPower Renewables applied to build nine wind turbines at Batsworthy Cross, Knowstone, South Molton.
24 May 2007

Hard wind

Marshland St James is an isolated, functional, centre-less village, little more than a ribbon of houses along a country road surrounded by farms. In the far west of Norfolk, close to the borders with Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire, it is a place that locals describe as "bandit country". It is not a place you expect an issue of national importance to find its focus. But on Monday, just a few days before the government released its white paper on energy, a local farmer was found dead in a drainage canal close to his home. A statement from his family linked his death to a battle over wind farms that has torn the village apart.
24 May 2007

Company acts over wind farm delay

A company wanting to build eight wind turbines is to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate after a council deferred its application for a third time. Your Energy has applied for planning permission to erect the turbines near Gainsborough in Lincolnshire.
24 May 2007

Free run for wind farms?

Huge new wind farms could be built in the North-East with residents losing any "meaningful" role in the planning process. Critics fear local communities in areas like Northumberland and County Durham could be shut out of the process after the Government announced it will set the national planning strategy for major infrastructure projects - handing over the final decision on whether schemes go-ahead to an unelected commission. Large-scale wind farms, motorways, power stations, airports and incinerators will be included in the new national framework covering the next 10 to 25 years. An independent panel of experts - including planners, lawyers and environmentalists - will determine major schemes.
22 May 2007

Crown Estate targets energy giants for its wind-farm plans

E.ON, Centrica and other major energy groups have been approached by the Crown Estate over plans to build offshore wind farms large enough to supply millions of homes with power. The Crown Estate, which owns the seabed around Britain, told wind farm developers last month how to bid for the projects in what the wind industry has dubbed "round 3".
20 May 2007
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