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Cornish wind turbine permission quashed by High Court

A man from Cornwall has won his fight to have a government inspector's decision to grant planning permission for a wind turbine quashed. Daniel Mageean, of Redland Farm, St Ive, Liskeard, brought the case after a planning inspector overruled Cornwall Council's decision to refuse permission. Judge Robinson ruled the inspector's decision-making was flawed.
29 Jul 2010

Wind farm decision hit by move to cut red tape

Initially, the issue of an appeal decision was delayed "due to further exchanges of evidence" but Bev Gray, chairman of the Cotton Farm Alliance, which opposes the plans, said all legal teams had now received a further notice of delay from the inspector. ...the revocation of the Regional Spatial Strategy is likely to have a bearing on this appeal.
27 Jul 2010

Tilting at windmills as the wind drops

Wind actually only directly supplies 10 per cent to 14 per cent of Denmark's electricity and Danish consumers have some of the most expensive electricity in Europe so, economically, this isn't great, although, technically, hydro and wind can be an excellent fit. Scotland, however, does not have the amount of pumped-storage hydro needed to replicate this system.
25 Jul 2010

Wind farm firm plans to appeal against Westnewton turbines refusal

Allerdale council turned down the controversial plans on the grounds that the 350ft turbines at Warwick Hall Farm would have a harmful effect on the landscape and a significant impact on local electronic reception. More than 1,850 letters of objection were sent to the council, while Aspatria Town Council and Allonby and Westnewton parish councils also objected.
22 Jul 2010

Giant wind turbines loom large on the horizon again

The prospect of giant wind turbines is once again looming large over the Blackmore Vale skyline after the submission of a new planning application from green energy firm Ecotricty. Seven boxes of documents relating to the new plans to build a wind farm at Silton were delivered to North Dorset District Council earlier this month.
22 Jul 2010

Committee to meet on wind farm plans

Two major wind farm applications which objectors claim will ruin Dava Moor are due to be heard by Highland councillors in Inverness next month. A special meeting of the council's Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey planning committee is due to take place on August 23 to consider plans for the turbines at Tom Na Clach and Glenkirk.
21 Jul 2010

Wind turbine sparks outcry

According to the resolution, the residents and governing body of the borough of Union Beach as well as neighboring Bayshore communities strongly oppose the turbine for many reasons, including health and safety concerns, lack of protection for community roads and infrastructure, and diminished property values. Angry Greenfield locals have been left horrified after a 100ft non-operational wind turbine was built in the village, which they say they had no idea was planned. Richard Booley, who bought his £1.2 million house after years of searching for the property of his dreams to renovate, received a huge shock as the towering turbine rose from the near-by Tanners Mill site.
19 Jul 2010

Warning over wind farm output

He looked at the output of Scottish wind farms with an overall capacity of 1588 medgwatts (out of a Scottish total of 2149MW). He found that Scotland's turbines were operating at less than 30% for four fifths of the time between February and June; for 273 hours, they generated less than 1.25%, while achieving 30% efficiency for a full day on nine occasions.
19 Jul 2010

Wind farm inquiry costs double due to delays

A local authority's costs in fighting an appeal against its refusal of a wind farm in the Vale of Belvoir have doubled to £100,000. The public inquiry into an application by energy company Ridgewind to put up eight 328ft turbines at Normanton, near Bottesford, over-ran by almost a week.
14 Jul 2010

Government figures wrong, says wind farm developer

Developers who want to build a wind farm near a Teesdale beauty spot have questioned Government figures which suggest that nearby turbines only operate at one-quarter of their efficiency. Banks Developments wants to create a six-turbine energygeneration site on land close to Hamsterley Forest, near Bishop Auckland.
14 Jul 2010

Wind farm plans reduced to four turbines

"It is irrelevant if they reduce the number of turbines, they are still too close to the homes. "We will be encouraging people to have a look. ..."People need to make up their own minds whether this is a green venture or a money-making business for HSBC [which has invested in Partnerships for Renewables]."
13 Jul 2010

MPs against firm's wind farm scheme

But proposals for up to six turbines at the site have met with opposition from residents and councillors in the area. Now South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo and his West Suffolk colleague Matthew Hancock have teamed up against BT's plans. The site is close to the boundary between their two constituencies.
13 Jul 2010

Call to halt sea windfarm schemes

The Atlantic Salmon Trust, the Association of Salmon Fishery Boards, the Salmon and Trout Association and Sea Trout Group have sent a joint submission to the UK Government, asking for a ban on any future large-scale offshore renewable energy projects. The Scottish salmon and sea-trout industries generate about £150million each year.
12 Jul 2010

Rising costs are putting future of offshore wind up in air

"Let's face it, if you didn't have government support through the EIB pouring in, very few of these projects would be going ahead," says Subocean managing director John Sinclair. ..."Everybody wants to brush it under the table, but the reality is there's very little private funding coming in," Sinclair tells Recharge. "That has to change immediately, or there will be major consequences."
12 Jul 2010

Controversial wind farm gets go-ahead on appeal

A planning inspector approved plans for four giant wind turbines on the outskirts of Bicester. He upheld an appeal against Cherwell district councillors' decision to refuse planning consent for the £10m wind farm at Willowbank Farm, between Fritwell and Fewcott.
7 Jul 2010
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