Articles filed under Impact on Landscape from UK

The trouble with Scotland’s politicians

The “turbine syndrome” - characterised by complete indifference to public opinion - has spread its tentacles throughout the whole of the Scottish community and we need, urgently, to deny it further progress. If we fail to remove from office these modern barbarians, we will suffer the ignominy of becoming mere ciphers in a submissive, uncontesting, unresponsive society with all that that entails.
9 Nov 2006

Storm of controversy over turbine plan

A plan to harness wind power on a Wolds hillside has blown up a storm of controversy. People living in the valleys beneath Flintwood Farm, Belchford, where the proposed micro-turbines would help power eco-lodges for holidaymakers, say the siting is ‘thoughtless’. They fear the turbines will ruin their part of the Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - a designation that should afford special protection.
8 Nov 2006

Turbines proposals are thrown out

Plans for a wind farm in Nottinghamshire have been rejected. Developers wanted to install seven wind turbines measuring about 110ft (33.5m) high, near Eakring and Bilsthorpe. It was claimed they would provide green energy for hundreds of houses. But people living in the area said they would be a blot on the landscape. On Tuesday Newark and Sherwood Councillors unanimously rejected the scheme at a meeting attended by about 150 protesters.
7 Nov 2006

Residents demand inquiry on Isle turbines proposal

Ness Community Council in Lewis has demanded that a public inquiry be held into plans to build a massive windfarm beside villages. Local representatives have written to the Scottish Executive after a unanimous vote at a recent community forum. They want a halt on planning permission being passed for the enormous scheme which would industrialise the environmentally protected moorland, impact on crofters’ grazings and dominate the flat landscape.
7 Nov 2006

Footpaths could be re-directed for turbines

Public footpaths through a popular beauty spot could be redirected to make way for a massive eco-village powered entirely by four wind turbines. Claymoss Properties wants to build the UK’s first eco-friendly holiday camp at the Maer Hills site at Whitmore, near Newcastle. The 159-hectare development includes plans for 800 timber lodges among existing woodlands, two hotels, a golf course, two lakes and a central village area with amenities. The plans have sparked outrage, and now residents fear woodland walks used for decades could be lost to the development.
28 Oct 2006

D-Day looms for wind farm scheme

THE comprehensive landscape reasons for planners recommending the IW Council turn down the controversial Wellow wind farm have been unveiled to the public, ahead of Monday’s planning decision on the scheme. Consultants acting for the IW Council concluded the six turbines, two of which are nearly 110 metres tall, would have significant adverse effects on the protected landscape, nearby homes and rights of way, and insufficient consideration had been given by applicant Your Energy to mitigating adverse effects on the countryside. Insufficient information was provided on the impact of the turbines on bats.
27 Oct 2006

The hills are alive…with the sound of objection

A community group has warned local people that the beauty of the Braid Valley could be blighted by the equivalent of up to 40 Statues of Liberty. The Braid Valley Preservation Group has said a new application for 22 wind turbines on Elginny Hill, outside Broughshane, will have a “devastating impact” on the area’s scenery making a mockery of “the Gateway to the Glens”.
21 Oct 2006

Windfarm protesters attack developers’ montage

Skye campaigners yesterday condemned a developer’s photo montage of one of Scotland’s most controversial windfarms as a “gross misrepresentation” of its true potential impact on the area. The colour image, which features in an Amec newsletter to the local community in and around Edinbane, gives the clear impression that the 330ft high turbines would be barely visible.
17 Oct 2006

Wales mountain wind farm rejected

Labour Neath AM Gwenda Thomas today welcomed the decision by the Planning Inspectorate to uphold Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's decision to refuse planning permission. The planning application, lodged by community group Awel Aman Tawe, was opposed by many residents in Tai'rgwaith and Rhiwfawr, including Gwenda Thomas on the basis of an overbearing visual impact on both communities and the fact that the wind farm would have been outside the TAN 8 strategic search area.
2 Oct 2006

Wind farm battle won

Protesters are celebrating after winning a two-and-a-half-year battle against a controversial wind farm above Edgworth. An appeal against the decision to refuse planning permission for two wind turbines at Uglow Farm, Broadhead Road has been dismissed. The appellants had argued the wind turbines should be allowed because they would benefit the environment. But a report from the planning inspectorate following a four-day public inquiry in May said the proposal “would not be likely to have a significant environmental effect”. It concluded: “I find that the proposal would have an unacceptably adverse impact on a key characteristic of the landscape here.”
30 Sep 2006

Wind farm ‘scar’ on area’s beauty

Opposition to two Perthshire wind farms has gained the support of MSP Murdo Fraser. The Tory politician, who represents Mid-Scotland and Fife, yesterday told a public inquiry at Amulree village hall he backs Perth and Kinross Council’s rejection of the application by GreenPower to build 68 turbines at Griffin Forest, near Dunkeld, and also a plan to build 27 turbines at Calliacher, near Aberfeldy. He said, “The tourism industry throughout Perthshire accounts for about 15% of all employment in the area. When tourism comprises such a large proportion of employment, it can be deemed as not only very important, but essential. “Whilst the contractors are to be commended for reducing the proposed total number of turbines from 128…this is still 95 too many on our rural landscape.
30 Sep 2006

Protesters’ joy in wind farm battle

Protesters are celebrating after winning a two-and-a-half-year battle against a controversial wind farm. Plans for two wind turbines at Uglow Farm, Broadhead Road. Edgworth, have been rejected by a Government inspector. He dismissed an appeal against Blackburn with Darwen Council’s refusal of planning permission because of the turbines’ effect on the landscape.
29 Sep 2006

266ft wind turbines an ‘unjustified intrusion’

Plans to build three 266-feet-high wind turbines on the edge of Dartmoor would be an “unjustified intrusion” into the life of local communities, opponents of the plan told a public inquiry.The turbines, which would be built on land at Yelland Farm, Bowerland Cross, near Okehampton, would be close to the boundary of the Dartmoor National Park and would stand more than one-and-a-half times the height of Nelson’s Column. Geoffrey Sinclair, representing Okehampton and District Against Turbines (ODAT), told the inquiry: “ODAT’s point is simply that when sites like Yelland are proposed for the largest turbines in the South West of England, this represents one of the most serious long-term threats ever to face the landscape and countryside of Devon.
29 Sep 2006

Windfarm would ‘destroy landscape’

A detailed objection to a proposed windfarm in Auchtermuchty has been lodged by the local community council. Although plans for a five-turbine development on the edge of the village were outlined some time ago, and despite local furore, Auchtermuchty and Strathmiglo Community Council reserved its judgement until the dust on the details settled and local consensus had been properly gauged. Now, in an in-depth document, the community council has outlined its objections to the project, and urged Fife Council planners to reject the application.
22 Sep 2006

Wind farm blasted as 'step too far'

A large 22-turbine wind farm planned for the north Sutherland coast by an Edinburgh power company has been slammed as a "step too far" by one concerned local resident. The householder, who did not want to be named, said the proposed £40 million development on Skelpick and Rhifail Estates, near Bettyhill, would be a massive intrusion in the area. He said: "The turbines themselves are massive. The measurements quoted for them were in metres - around 125 metres in height from blade to tip - which made the turbines seem quite innocuous, but that is nearly 410 feet which is enormous. "The wind farm will be an intrusion on the skyline in Bettyhill and will be visible for miles and miles to anyone up at plateau level. "While I am in favour of wind farms and do not mind the development being in that location, I feel maybe it is a step too far."
21 Sep 2006
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