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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.
Plans to erect a small wind turbine at a family-run leisure complex on Deeside have been backed by Aberdeenshire Council officials. Local authority planners will recommend councillors approve revised proposals to erect a 30ft wind turbine at the Lodge on the Loch, at Aboyne.
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".
Mr. Cox also questioned the Government's policy on wind energy. An opponent of commercial onshore wind farms, the Geoffrey Cox today called into question the prudence of allowing large scale wind turbines to be erected in such close proximity to residential and commercial areas and called for statutory buffer zones to be set between dwellings and massive wind turbines.
A joint public inquiry is to be held into three separate wind farm applications in Northumberland. The Department of Trade and Industry's announcement that the inquiry would be held for the three proposals on land near Kirkwhelpington was welcomed both by objectors to the proposals and Northumberland County Council. Peter Bennet, who founded Friends of the Wanneys, a protest group set up to oppose the development plans, said: "Overall, you would have to say that it is good news.
Plans for a massive offshore wind farm in the Bristol Channel yesterday received broad support.The proposal would be the world's largest offshore wind farm, covering an area the size of the Isle of Wight and situated about 13 miles off Ilfracombe and nine miles to the North of Lundy.
The world's biggest wind farm, with 370 turbines towering 150m (492ft) above the waves, is planned for the Bristol Channel.
A North council has broken planning regulations by handing over public files to a consultant based 100 miles away. Berwick Borough Council's handling of the planning row over a series of wind farm developments means local people cannot "easily access" papers dealing with the controversial developments. They include plans for 10 turbines at Moorsyde, near Allerdean, nine at Barmoor, near Lowick, 10 at Wandylaw, on the boundary with Alnwick District, and seven at Toft Hill, near Grindon.
Planners have deferred making a decision on a scheme to double the size of the Blaen Bowi windfarm above Newcastle Emlyn.
Developers behind plans for a controversial wind farm in west Norfolk claim they have been advised by police to stay away from a public meeting, for fear it could result in a breach of the peace. Members of Marshland Wind Farm Ltd claim they have been told by police to stay away from tonight's meeting which has been organised by anti-wind farm campaigners. Plans for the proposed wind farm have rocked villagers living in Marshland St James. Many are divided over plans to site the turbines on farmland near the village.
Next Thursday's exhibition outlining a proposed Ceres windfarm is inconvenient in its timing and location, according to a local action group that opposes the project.
Protesters last night welcomed news that a council is set to oppose the latest in a series of planned wind farms in rural Northumberland. Energy firm Banks Development wants to build 22 turbines, each up to 125 metres high, on Plashetts Farm between Kirkwhelpington and Throckington, Northumberland. The development, which the company says would provide enough energy for 37,000 homes every year, is one of the biggest proposals submitted by different energy firms looking to build wind farms in the area. But Peter Bennet, who founded Friends of the Wanneys, a protest group set up against the proposed wind farms, applauded the officers who have recommended that councillors object to the bid for planning permission.
The plug has been pulled on the Wellow Wind Farm by the company that wanted to build six huge turbines on farmland next to an area of outstanding natural beauty. The decision that Your Energy would not be appealing against IW Council planning refusal was greeted with jubilation by campaigners, who said turbines would despoil the area.
A power giant has scrapped its plans to build a windfarm on the moors above Oldham. But campaigners against the development have been warned not to start celebrating too soon. Energy company E.ON, which made the shock announcement, was quick to warn that it could be back with an alternative scheme.
A "large" windfarm could be built on moors between Hyndburn and Rossendale.
Three wind farm proposals which were due to be determined at the same meeting later this month have been deferred by planners. Berwick Borough Council has confirmed that it will not discuss the Moorsyde, Barmoor and Wandylaw applications at its planning meeting on May 29. Letters have been sent to the applicants deferring the decision in order to allow time for two specialist studies to be completed.
Oxford's cherished skyline of dreaming spires could be dramatically altered with the city's first wind turbine - standing 85 metres tall. Midcounties Co-operative wants to build a wind turbine to supply power for its headquarters and shop in Botley.
The building of a third nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast could be forced through as part of a major Government shake-up of the planning system, environmental campaigners warned last night. A White Paper is set to be released by the Government next week which is expected to outline plans to overhaul the planning process for new developments. The Government is likely to publish eight national statements of policy - relating to nuclear power plants, nuclear waste disposal plants, airports, motorways, waste incinerators, wind farms, ports and reservoirs - which will give the green light to site-specific projects considered to be of national importance.
Plans to build the world's largest offshore wind farm off the coast of North Devon are being unveiled.
A giant wind turbine proposed by Glyndebourne Productions Ltd on the Sussex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is being resisted by four of the leading national and regional countryside organisations. The Council for National Parks (CNP), the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the Ramblers' Association (RA) and the South Downs Society (SDS) have formed a coalition because they believe that the 230 ft turbine will destroy the views of the precious landscape of the eastern part of the South Downs. All the organisations are in favour of appropriate renewable energy, but argue that great thought must be given to the type and size of renewable energy developed, particularly in special landscapes such as AONB's and National Parks.