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Public inquiry into wind farm plans gets underway

A controversial public inquiry into future plans for renewable energy in Corwen is finally underway this week. The public inquiry into proposals for a wind turbine development at Wern Ddu, Gwyddelwern, started on Monday at Denbigh Town Hall. The move comes following two delays since the end of 2006, alleged due to illnesses to legal advocates on both sides.
3 May 2007

Turbines issue ‘not black and white’

But activists said that the wind farm issue was not as black and white as people were led to believe and build-ing more turbines would ruin Norfolk. Martin Hickey, chairman of Sporle Parish Council which opposed the Swaffham plans, said: "People need to know the facts. We are not nimbies, that's an insult. We've done a lot of research into the whole issue and Norfolk does not need that many. "Turbines will make little difference, yet they will industrialise the countryside forever."
3 May 2007

Shetland pioneer’s concern over windfarm plan

A Shetland businessman says his livelihood is threatened by a windfarm plan. Paul Featherstone rears around 180,000 sea trout smolts annually at his hatchery in Weisdale, which - after having been grown into sizable fish in sea cages - are being sold as organic sea trout to customers throughout the UK. His business, Shetland Sea Trout Ltd, heavily depends on continually pristine water qualities in the Burn of Weisdale, which feeds the tanks baby fish are being kept in. Yesterday, he said that plans to build around 30 of the 168 turbines planned upstream of his hatchery would "seriously" affect his business. Mr Featherstone's fear is that due to major construction and engineering work the peat bog in the upper half of the Kergord Valley will be destabilised and thus massive peat run offs will flush through the Burn of Weisdale.
2 May 2007

The scandal in the wind

The recent decision of the Carmarthen planning committee to grant permission for 10 wind generators on land adjacent to Blaengwen Farm, Pencader is both incomprehensible and shameful. There is absolutely no technological, engineering or environmental sense for the provision of on-shore, sporadic, electrical wind generation in Wales. Nor is there any sense for off-shore generation either. Perhaps Carmarthenshire Council should get better acquainted with the facts surrounding wind power.
2 May 2007

Rochdale paper campaigns against wind farm

The Rochdale Observer is campaigning against the building of a wind farm on moors near the town. It opposes a plan by Coronation Power to build 12 huge wind turbines and is backing a group, the friends of the South Pennines, which has been gathering letters of objection. But preparatory work for the farm, along with a new road, is going ahead
1 May 2007

Inquiry call on offshore windfarm

The Welsh Assembly Government has told the Department of Trade and Industry there should be a public inquiry into a planned offshore windfarm at Llandudno. An application was submitted to the DTI in November 2005 to build and operate the Gwynt y Mor offshore windfarm. Welsh Labour leader Rhodri Morgan said a "full public inquiry" was needed.
30 Apr 2007

Outrage over photomontage system adopted for windfarm plans

The Scottish Executive refused to respond to the P &J's questions on the issue, saying it was "for SNH to field these questions". SNH commissioned the work and states in its completed document that "many windfarm developers participated". There is currently no uniformed method of photomontage to assess turbines and the issue has consistently baffled Highland councillors who decide the fate of most planning bids. Critics have pressed for years for a definitive system of accurately assessing the visual impact of turbines.
30 Apr 2007

Opponents blast council in planning row

A tiny North council which is set to rule on three major wind farm applications has admitted having no planning officers of its own capable of dealing with them, The Journal can reveal. Berwick Borough Council has instead resorted to hiring planning consultants to cope with the mammoth task of handling the bids, which are all due to be decided at the same meeting on May 29.
30 Apr 2007

Public inquiry into power line plan ‘a charade’

The public inquiry into controversial plans to string electricity pylons across the Highlands has been condemned as a "charade" by a former ministerial adviser, prompting calls for it to be abandoned. Roger Crofts, who was chief executive of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) for 10 years, has launched a fierce attack on the Scottish Executive, which he claims is prejudicing the inquiry. "The decision is already made and the inquiry is a waste of time," he said, adding that the process was "unfair" and likely to end up mired in legal action.
29 Apr 2007

Opponents build up a strong case

County planners are set to join forces with district councils and local residents to object to 42 wind turbines being built north of Hadrian's Wall. Northumberland County Council will consider on Tuesday both Amec's plans for the 20-turbine Ray wind farm near Kirkwhelpington, and Banks' bid for a further 22 nearby at The Steadings.
28 Apr 2007

Harnessing sea breeze’s power

The Promenade acquired two new landmarks this week with the arrival of wind turbines intended to cut emissions and lower the town's energy bills. The turbines were installed close to Blackpool's Sandcastle water park in an attempt by the council to reduce harmful CO2 releases and harness the energy of the wind on the Promenade.
27 Apr 2007

County's no to windfarm

PLANS to build a seven-turbine wind farm near Workington should be rejected, says the county council. Winscales Moor Windfarm Ltd has applied to Allerdale council to erect the 81-metre high turbines at Benedict Plantation, Winscales. But the county council has objected claiming the scheme will affect the landscape's character and that there would be too many in the area.
27 Apr 2007

Wind-rush of ill will and bills

But what happens when four major - and highly controversial - developments all fall in for decision at the same time? On May 29, Berwick Borough Council planning committee will have to rule on three wind farm applications. Moorsyde, near Allerdean, and Wandylaw, on the boundary with Alnwick District near North Charlton, have 10 turbines each, Barmoor, near Lowick, nine. And plans for another 18, just over the boundary in Alnwick District, are already being scrutinised by the Department of Trade and Industry. Because the bid, known as Middlemoor, will generate over 50 megawatts, the district council has been reduced to the role of "statutory consultee", with the final decision likely to be taken by Government following a public inquiry. But all four applications face substantial local opposition - Berwick Borough's from Moorsyde Action Group and Soul (Save Our Unspoiled Landscape).
27 Apr 2007

Date of Burnham-On-Sea wind farm appeal hearing announced

The date has been announced this week for the appeal hearing to decide whether a controversial wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea can go ahead. learns a four-day hearing will open on August 7th at 10am and be held in the town's Princess Hall. The Planning Inspectorate has also announced this week that the hearing will be overseen by planning inspector David Roberts Cunningford.
26 Apr 2007

Eleventh hour bid to halt farm

A last minute bid will be made to overturn a council decision to back a controversial wind farm plan. South Ayrshire's planning convener, Peter Convery, will appeal to fellow councillors to back the move when they meet on Thursday morning. The Tory councillor hopes to persuade two-thirds of councillors to support his motion to suspend the council's standing orders.
25 Apr 2007

Why sweep laws aside?

Nothing illustrates more graphically the erosion of our democratic rights than the way the wind industry is conducted. Age-old laws that have served to protect our environment are being swept aside - why? The politicians responsible for this will say they have to make it easier for these foreign developers to push through their plans to industrialise our uplands and mountains with massive turbines.
25 Apr 2007

Electricity pylons plan a hot election issue

Anger over proposals for doubling the size of electricity pylons strung between the Highlands and Stirlingshire could become an unavoidable election issue for scores of candidates along the route. Opponents of Scottish and Southern Energy's proposal for an overhead replacement line, which prompted more than 17,000 objections, have circulated their own "manifesto" to everyone contesting Scottish Parliament and council seats in the Stirling area. It spells out residents' concerns about potential health, environmental and tourism implications ahead of a final decision by Scottish Executive ministers.
25 Apr 2007
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