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A Fife village considered by some the most beautiful in Scotland could be devastated by wind turbines towering over it, according to its community councillors. Ceres and District Community Council has added its voice to the mounting opposition to plans for a wind farm just 1.9km east of Ceres, in the hillside at Gathercauld. The five 80 metre high turbines are the subject of a planning application by wind power firm EnergieKontor UK, which is also behind the proposals for a wind farm at Auchtermuchty. The community council voted to object to the wind farm-a decision it insisted was measured and taken after canvassing opinion for several months. Chairman Grant Robertson said, "Ceres is often considered the most beautiful village in Scotland and the thought of this beauty being devastated by those turbines towering over the village is too shocking to imagine."
A public hearing over plans for a proposed wind farm at Morwenstow is to take place following demands from protesters.The Planning Inspectorate has agreed to the hearing after power company West Coast Energy appealed against the decision to refuse an application to build a wind farm at Crimp. North Cornwall councillors went against planning officers' recommendations and turned down plans by the company to build three 81-metre (260ft) turbines near the coastal village. One of the reasons for refusal was the "unacceptable visual impact" of the wind farm, which would have a cumulative effect with Forest Moor in Bradworthy, home to North Devon's first wind farm. Members of campaign group, Morwenstow Against Turbines - MAT - were concerned the appeal would be decided through written representations only and have welcomed a public hearing.
WIND farms that "blight beautiful landscapes" should be scrapped, a Government minister said yesterday. Energy minister Malcolm Wicks has already blocked one large wind farm set for the Lake District and said he would be prepared to do so again if a planning application would result in "unsightly or intrusive" wind farms.
It now seems that, having disrupted and destroyed some of our local countryside with heavy negative industry, our Fenland Council has "accommodated" enough of these "awesome beasts", and may not wish to play ball with its political masters any longer. The wind industry has not been slow in reacting to the public's withering support of this industrialisation of our countryside and has placed its marketing machine into top gear. I agree with the council that it is time to withdraw from this rural carnage inflicted by these industrialists. I even more strongly object to my beloved English countryside being concreted over by international giants, that may have very little regard or no concern for our national heritage, the British countryside.
Now plans have been unveiled to make use of this power as part of an ambitious renewable energy project on the banks of the Trent. Proposals have been submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council for a "landmark feature" of three arches, each containing five small wind turbines. Engineers believe the project will be functional, easy on the eye and "an iconic landmark feature for the scheme and the city".
An MP has put his political clout behind a campaign against a proposed wind farm amid claims that properties within a 2km "blight zone" will be devalued by at least 35 per cent if the turbines are built. South Norfolk Tory MP Richard Bacon warned of damage to the "gentle rural landscape" if plans for seven wind turbines on the old Pulham Airfield site, near Diss, went ahead.
It may look like a dilapidated farm steading at the moment, but an unremarkable group of buildings represents an enterprising future for Reg and Tamsin Watson. The huddled settlement the couple are planning to restore is, in countryside measurements, two fields away from a proposed wind turbine that will, with its eight "sisters" at Moorsyde, dominate their view of north Northumberland and the Borders. Metric measurements come in at 600 metres, but when the mast and blades also take up 110 metres of sky, the structure will appear very close indeed.
Ann and Hedley Lamb have spent what seems to be a lifetime developing Barmoor Country Park near Lowick in Northumberland. Now with 100 caravan pitches, it is one of 22 such parks in Berwick borough alone, welcoming thousands of visitors virtually year-round. Bizarrely, strict planning guidelines insist that caravans should be screened from view but a clutch of proposed wind turbines barely a mile up the hill over Barmoor will be highly visible for dozens of miles around - with no such restrictions. "We've planted 8,000 trees to screen the caravans," says Ann. "It's for the planning rules, but it's also good for the wildlife and good for the local environment. I daren't even think about how this will affect our business. The landscape with its historic value is the essence of the place; you're going to kill the golden goose. We need a little bit of common sense.
Plans to build giant wind turbines at a Dales beauty spot look set to fall at the final hurdle because of their 'visual intrusion'. The proposal for four green-energy generators to power 5,591 homes, has been put forward by Carsington Wind Energy Limited but has met with a number of objections about the chosen location. And now Derbyshire Dales District Council planning officers have recommended that the application for the 335ft tall turbines at Carsington Pastures, two miles west of Wirksworth, should be refused.
After a six month pre-Assembly election moratorium on development, as many as 22 applications for new windfarms are now pending in Powys and anti-windfarm activists are organising themselves to oppose them. Famous TV naturalist Professor David Bellamy visited Mid Wales to give his support to anti-windfarm campaigners in Powys this weekend.
A proposal to site four large wind turbines near an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has sparked a wave of opposition from residents. People living near Lesnewth and Davidstow in North Cornwall have vowed to fight a wind farm on the northern edge of Bodmin Moor.
But campaigners from local pressure group Vortex massed outside the venue and canvassed the opinions of visitors leaving the exhibition. Vortex member Roger Wytcherley, aged 55, of Napley Heath, said the majority of people were opposed to the plans. "Everybody has been very willing to tell us their feelings, and not many are for the wind farm," he said. "A lot of people say their questions are evaded and washed over. People are most concerned about noise and loss of equity in their houses. People are not buying houses around here because of the threat of the wind farm.
However, as soon as the Welsh Assembly published TAN 8, heralding the current rush of local wind farm planning applications, we were forced to look more closely into the claims made for on-shore wind power - both for and against. We were determined to find out if its contribution to the community as a whole (with respect to energy provision and reducing greenhouse gas emissions) would outweigh the problems such massive re-industrialisation would bring to local people if allowed to go ahead. Using only government sources and respected technical documents from the power industry itself, the results of our research have shocked and amazed us. It is clear allowing these large wind farms would jeopardise our health, wealth and quality of life along with biodiversity and the quality of our landscape/environment. All this to no real purpose since they cannot replace ordinary power stations and are four times more expensive than other means of reducing our carbon footprint.
A WIND farm proposed on the moors above Bacup would blight the countryside, harm recreation and should be turned down, according to an independent report. Landscape consultants Julie Martin Associates, commissioned by Rossendale Council, said that the proposed wind farm at Reaps Moss, Britannia, would significantly affect the special open character, visual amenity and recreational experience' of the area.
Building any more turbines on the hilltops around Todmorden would blight the countryside and harm leisure opportunities, according to landscape consultants. Coronation Power wants to put five turbines on Todmorden Moor and others on nearby hilltops in the area around Walsden, Rochdale and Rossendale, which they say will help generate clean and sustainable energy, and tackle the harmful effects of climate change. But Julie Martin Associates, recruited by councils affected by the proposed developments, has recommended the three plans are rejected because of their visual impact, especially those at Crook Hill, near Walsden. "The windfarm would cause major harm to the key characteristics and integrity of this sensitive and highly valued landscape because it would be out of scale, would tend to dominate key views and important skylines and would adversely affect the area's openness, wildness and tranquillity," they state.
Building a windfarm near Littleborough would blight the landscape and harm leisure opportunities. That is the verdict of an independent report commissioned by Rochdale, Calderdale, Lancashire and Rossendale councils to look at Coronation Power's proposals to build 12 125m-high turbines at Crook Hill. Authors North Yorkshire-based Julie Martin Associates examined the landscape and visual consequences of the scheme. They recommend the plans are rejected.
Campaigners against a proposed windfarm set out to prove that their concerns were not hot air at the weekend by launching a helium-filled "blimp" into the south Norfolk skies. Members of Stop Hempnall's Onshore Wind Turbines (SHOWT) flew the 20ft long airship shaped balloon to highlight the scale of the proposed seven turbine site, north east of the village. The demonstration comes as Diss-based developer Enertrag UK aims to submit plans in the autumn for the windfarm in the Tas Valley, which will stand 130ft tall.
Well now we have it, a local landscape destroyed, wind developers sensing embracement, support, and easy pickings, banging on the planning door, and a council in denial that this local wind rush was not only started by them, turbines are out of control, and they can no longer contain this rural industrial carnage, after all how can you reject what you claim is a "positive contribution" that you fully "support and embrace".
Plans for a series of wind farms which would result in 26 giant turbines being erected in north Northumberland should be scaled down, according to a long-awaited report by independent consultants. Protest groups have been set up to oppose the controversial bids for three separate wind farms south and west of Berwick at Moorsyde, Barmoor and Toft Hill - amid claims they will ruin the landscape and harm the important local tourism industry.
Bedford Borough Council rejected the scheme saying the scale of the turbines would impact on nearby homes, historic park land and an ancient monument.