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An eight-turbine wind farm on the site of the former airfield at Graveley has been given the go-ahead by a planning inspector. The developer, RWE npower renewables, which had appealed a decision by Huntingdonshire District Council to refuse planning permission for the project, was delighted by the decision, which followed a public inquiry in May.
Members of the Stop Kelmarsh Wind Farm action group reacted with joy after Daventry District Council's planning committee threw out energy firm Eon's plans for a seven-turbine wind farm between Kelmarsh, Haselbech and Maidwell at their meeting last Wednesday (December 15).
Councillors concerned about the visual impact of what could be the biggest wind farm in Wales and England yesterday postponed giving their verdict on the controversial proposals. Swedish-owned energy firm Nuon wants to site 84 wind turbines each nearly three times the height of the 169-ft Nelson's Column on land south of the Heads of the Valleys road in South Wales.
More than a thousand letters have been received objecting to plans to build two wind turbines in Grange Moor, Huddersfield, claiming they would be too close to a school and homes and would ruin the skyline of a scenic rural area. Councillors are being urged to throw out the plans because officers say insufficient information has been provided.
He said: "I represent the people of this area and I hope they can have increased powers to fight this kind of thing in the future. "We have got to ask local people what they want and they have already said; ‘enough is enough', and that they don't want any more turbines.
A renewable energy company's hopes of building the first large-scale wind turbines in south Norfolk has received a setback after plans for three masts were tipped for refusal. Proposals were submitted earlier this year for the wind farm on agricultural land at the former Pulham airship station, near Diss.
A new generation of giant wind turbines which will soar up to 500 feet above the ground are being planned across Britain. ...Campaigners fear the new generation of wind farms are far too big and will blight the British landscape. They argue that the turbines are only economically viable because of consumer subsidies made available by the last Government.
Infinergy, with Cawdor Estate, applied to build 17 turbines at Tom nan Clach, in hills overlooking Dava Moor. Highland councillors refused the plans in August, stating that the development would have an adverse effect on the "experience of Lochindorb", which lies nine miles away.
Cries of joy and disappointment greeted the town hall’s announcement that plans for a wind turbine on Hackney Marshes to generate green energy after the 2012 Games have fallen flat. Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe admitted this week that the council had shelved proposals for a 120-metre turbine on the spiritual home of grass roots football due to lack of investment from electricity companies.
Residents from Oldbury, Hill, Rockhampton and Thornbury showed up in force and armed with placards last Friday to welcome planners who were visiting the site where four 127-metre high wind turbines could be built.
North Sea oil and gas decommissioning is due to step up at the same time as Scotland's offshore renewable energy industry takes off. Are the UK's leading offshore energy sectors heading for a resource war?
Energy company Broadview has for the second time been refused permission to build a meteorological mast near Bishops Itchington. But the firm says it will not give up trying to build south Warwickshire's first wind farm at the site, which is known as Starbold.
The re-design and construction of Keelderry Wind Farm comprising 16 wind turbines, meteorological mast, and substation, has been refused permission by An Bord Pleanala on the grounds that it could endanger bird species such as the hen harrier and merlin, that it would adversely affect the stability of nearby peatland, and would seriously injure the visual amenities of the area.
One of Scotland's leading wind energy developers has pulled out of the Crown Estate's Scottish offshore wind programme to concentrate its efforts on land, in a move that will raise questions about the industry's ability to meet its ambitious targets.
Mr Frost said the five turbines would "undoubtedly impinge on the openness of the green belt...there would be a harmful effect on the community at Micklefield arising from the proximity and intrusion of the proposed turbines."
Objectors to a proposed wind farm in north Caithness have won the first round of their battle with a large power company. They welcomed the unanimous thumbs-down given yesterday to the 13-turbine scheme planned for Durran Mains, near Castletown. But they are now gearing up to counter SSE Generations Ltd's expected appeal against the decision of the Highland Council's Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross planning committee.
The Scottish Government has no way of verifying claims by wind-farm developers on the carbon footprint of their turbines, a leading wildlife charity has revealed. Now the John Muir Trust claims no large wind farms should be approved by planners until developers' environmental claims can be independently confirmed by government scientists.
A report commissioned by RenewableUK, the trade association for the wind energy industry, said that campaigners against turbines were costing the country £1.3bn. ...But the view has been condemned by Stop Woodlane Windfarm protestors. They claim there is no benefit to local communities but plenty of negative effects.
A rescue package is being considered to try to save a troubled wind-turbine manufacturer. First Minister Alex Salmond told MSPs the Scottish Government had hosted a meeting of interested parties earlier this week "in an attempt to be of assistance in assembling a rescue package".
Analysts are forecasting a 93% drop in the installation of new offshore windfarms in 2013 compared with the previous year. As orders for cables, foundations and other equipment are typically made two to three years ahead of the project being completed, the slowdown will start to bite among UK suppliers next year.