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Proposals to make council-owned land in Northumberland available to wind farm developers have moved a step closer to becoming a reality. Council officials agreed in principle to the use of the authority's land assets at Cambois for wind turbines last month, despite admitting concerns over the possible impact on the local community. However, a recommendation that the council look into producing energy themselves was dismissed after it was argued that it was not part of the council's "core business".
Campaigners have won their battle to overturn plans for a five-turbine windfarm on the unspoiled coastline of the Solway Firth. Around 1,000 villagers, visitors and business owners from Allonby and the surrounding area sent letters of objection to Allerdale Council when Nuon Renewables submitted plans to build the 102m turbines at Brownrigg Hall Farm, just outside Allonby. Today councillors on the Allerdale development panel rejected the plans on the grounds the windfarm would have a detrimental visual impact in the landscape and harm tourism in the area.
A bid to stop Swansea city centre becoming a high-rise hell might be extended to the surrounding countryside. Swansea Council leaders are to discuss a new Tall Building Strategy later this week to prevent developers ruining the skyline. However, councillor Ioan Richard wants the drive to go further and says the countryside could be ruined if no plan is in place for rural locations.
A new wind farm could be built near an ancient castle at Alvah, despite strong objections. Plans to build two 100 metre high wind turbines near the unoccupied, A-listed Inchdrewer Castle were backed by Aberdeenshire councillors last Tuesday - in the face of warnings by residents that the development would have an impact on tourism, road safety, wildlife and house prices.
A renewable energy firm has apologised this week after it was found to be in breach of planning conditions following the construction of an anemometer.
A NEW wind farm could be built near an ancient castle at Alvah, despite strong objections. Plans to build two 100 metre high wind turbines near the unoccupied, A-listed Inchdrewer Castle were backed by Aberdeenshire councillors last Tuesday - in the face of warnings by residents that the development would have an impact on tourism, road safety, wildlife and house prices. Two objectors who live close by, at Strath of Brydock, Alvah, said the only people who would benefit would be the owners of the Mill of Brydock site, Grampian Country Food Group. One of the residents presented councillors with a 35-name petition to back their argument, and Historic Scotland objected because of the impact on the castle 800 metres away. The council's own planning report recommended refusal. But councillors ignored them all and now the application has been sent to the Scottish Executive for final approval.
Work began a few days ago on Airtricity's third windfarm in Scotland, a 30MW windfarm near Dalswinton, 17km north-west of Dumfries.
Swaffam's "love affair" with wind turbines could be stretched to breaking point by green energy firm Ecotricity's plan to build six more on the town's outskirts. The town has been generally supportive of the two giant turbines standing either side of its A47 bypass and forming a landmark gateway to West Norfolk. But when the latest plan to build six more of the same size on the Sporle side of the bypass, next to the one put up in 2003 at the request of Swaffham residents, was discussed at the last town council meeting councillors decided enough was enough. They are opposing the plan because of its potential noise, flicker effect and visual impact on the surrounding landscape - and looking to formulate a policy on future wind turbine applications. Councillor Terry Jennison, who can see both the Swaffham turbines from her home at Tumbler Hill, said: "We will be turning into a turbine ghetto if Breckland Council allows this application."
The Assynt Foundation is moving forward with its plans for a community-owned wind farm in North-West Sutherland following a public meeting this week. The meeting in Lochinver Village Hall on Wednesday night was held to gauge local feeling about the project. It followed an open day when members of the public were invited to view the plans for the small-scale wind development which will number up to six turbines. The location for the wind farm is expected to be in a National Scenic Area within sight of the Suilven and Canisp mountains near Lochinver. Claire Belshaw is chairman of the Assynt Foundation's board of directors. She said around 60 people had attended the public meeting, the majority of whom were in favour of pressing forward with the scheme.
Proposals for giant wind turbines in the remotest part of the Highlands have concerned the charity which helped the local community secure a £2.9million land buyout. The John Muir Trust yesterday conceded there was a "tricky" balancing act between preserving a unique environment and green energy develop- ment to aid a local economy. The organisation which donated a £50,000 lump sum to the Assynt Foundation and pledged a further £75,000 for running costs of its two estates in Sutherland, also clinched a further £550,000 of private finance to seal the 2005 buyout. But talk of erecting up to six giant turbines within view of the iconic Canisp and Suilven mountains and close to a Special Protection Area (SPA) with rare species has raised eyebrows. Director Nigel Hawkins said: "We're opposed to large-scale wind turbine developments on or near to the finest areas of wild land. "Our main concern about the proposal is the impact on the wild landscape of Assynt with the spectacular mountains, particularly Suilven."
A turbine revolt in Annandale and Eskdale was whipped up by councillors this week. They gave a resounding message to windfarm developers ... no more! On the table was an application by Edinburgh-based Wind Energy (Newfield) Ltd for a meteorological mast to the south east of Newfield Moor near Sibbaldbie - the precursor to a windfarm. It eventually went through. However, members warned that should the company come back with plans for a windfarm on the site it would be vehemently opposed by Dumfries and Galloway Council and the community. Area planning manager David Suttie said: "Annandale and Eskdale is at capacity and this would be a windfarm too far. Its proximity to Lockerbie and the M74 makes it an unacceptable location for a windfarm. Council officers and councillors would not support this."
A proposed wind farm deemed ‘overbearing’ by a planning official has been rejected. Members of Bridgend council voted against the siting of 14 turbines in Gilfach Goch, on the border of Bridgend county and neighbouring Rhondda Cynon Taf. The decision will be forwarded to RCT council, which has the final say.
Plans for 10 110-metre high wind turbines have been approved by county planners in Carmarthenshire. The decision has been met with dismay by protesters who have campaigned against the development. The windfarm will be built on land next to Blaengwen Farm, near Alltwalis. It is on a swathe of land stretching across Carmarthenshire to Neath and Port Talbot that has been earmarked by the Assembly as suitable for a wind farm. The application was first approved in August, 2005, but in November of that year, it was rejected by the council's now-defunct departures committee. The developer appealed to the Assembly, and then submitted another, modified planning application. At this stage county planners gave their consent on Tuesday, March 27, and the application was approved.
Plans for five 125-metre high wind turbines on Cragg Lot in Arkholme have caused fury among villagers. Developers Cornwall Light and Power (CLP) is now in discussion with Lancaster City Council over the new scheme. Initially the company had wanted to erect three turbines at a height of 102 metres on the site in the heart of the Lune Valley. Brian Acott, chairman of Stop Turbines in Lunesdale Environment (STILE), said: "These turbines will be 40 per cent taller than the new ones put on Caton Moor so that gives an idea of how big they'll be. "They're going to be monstrously large and nobody around here wants that."
Coldingham Community Council are hosting a public debate on the proposed wind farm at Drone Hill on Coldingham Moor. The meeting, to be held in Coldingham Village Hall tomorrow (Friday, March 30), at 7pm, is open to members of all communities affected by this proposal and will be chaired by Ged Hearn, chairman of Coldingham Community Council. Plans are available for viewing from 6pm. The planning application submitted to Scottish Borders Council is for 22 shorter 75m turbines, compared with the original 2005 plan of 16 100m turbines. As well as views on the proposed windfarm itself, there is the need to consider and discuss issues that relate to the build disruption and proposed access routes for heavy articulated vehicles. The planning application details are available for viewing at Coldingham Post Office during opening hours, Coldingham Bookshop (village hall) during opening hours and Eyemouth Library. Full details will be on display for the debate on March 30.
Plans for a five-turbine windfarm near Allonby are set to be turned down. Energy firm Nuon Renewables wants to erect the 102-metre turbines, on land next to Brownrigg Hall Farm. The windfarm would be on the Solway coastal plain, around 1.9km inland from Allonby, and close to the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site. But local parish councils, Cumbria Tourism and the county council, as well as many local people, objected to the plans because of the potential impact on wildlife, the landscape and tourism.
THE Scottish Executive received almost 11,400 representations against Lewis Wind Power's application for their proposed development in Lewis....with less than 60 in support. The figures are revealed in a parliamentary answer to Shona Baird, MSP for North East Scotland, representing the Green Party.
Hundreds flocked to an exhibition staged high on the moors above Crow Edge by energy company E.ON to show details of their plans to erect three more giant turbines in the local landscape. The three 120ft high turbines at Blackstone Edge, a bleak rocky outcrop above Penistone, would be close to the existing 13-turbine Royd Moor windfarm. The three new turbines would generate as much electricity as the existing 13 - enough to power 3,800 homes. The exhibition comes less than a month after Barnsley councillors approved plans for three turbines on the edge of the Hepworths' site at Crow Edge, despite 480 letters of objection and concerns raised by Dunford Parish Council. Margaret Reid, from Crow Edge, said: "I feel if we don't make a stance the entire landscape is going to be covered in them.
Plans to build two wind turbines next to a Shropshire reservoir have hit their first stumbling block after councillors lodged an official objection. Chelmarsh Parish Council is opposing the installation of a 60-metre high wind monitoring mast, which would pave the way for an application for the turbines alongside Chelmarsh reservoir.
Councillors have rubber-stamped their decision to block plans for a windfarm in the Eden Valley. Members of Eden Council's planning applications committee went against the recommendations of their own officers in turning down proposals for the three turbine development at Hoff Moor, near Appleby, last month. Because of that the matter had to come back before members last week so they could formally agree the reasons for refusal. They voted unanimously for a motion, which read: "By virtue of the size of the turbines and their siting on an elevated site in open countryside they would be a discordant element over a wide area.