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Wind farm approval is a ‘disaster’

Planners were yesterday accused of "sleepwalking" to disaster after approving controversial plans for a major wind-farm development in the Ochil Hills, one of Scotland's most popular hill-walking destinations. Clackmannanshire Council's planning authority, the regulatory committee, gave the go-ahead - on the casting vote of the committee chairman - for a 13-turbine wind farm at Burnfoot Hill, below Ben Cleuch, the highest point in the Ochil range. The Ramblers Association Scotland and the local environment group, Friends of the Ochils, condemned the decision and warned that the development, combined with four proposed similar schemes in neighbouring Perth and Kinross, could destroy one of the country's most precious landscapes.
29 Mar 2007

Green light for Ochil wind farm

Clackmannanshire councillors have backed plans for 13-turbine wind farm on the Ochil Hills. Edinburgh company Wind Prospect Developments put forward the application for the new development at Burnfoot Hill, near Tillicoultry. The council said the 102 metre high (334ft) turbines would not be visible from most of the Hillfoots towns, Alloa, Stirling and Dunblane. More than 100 objections have been lodged against the plans. Councillor Eddie Carrick, convener of the council's regulatory committee, said on Wednesday: "I have been kept awake for the last few nights by thoughts of this development. "This is a huge step for Clackmannanshire and ultimately I feel we have made the correct decision today in approving the application." Councillor Carrick said the wind farm at Burnfoot Hill would produce enough energy for almost 15,000 homes each year with far fewer CO2 emissions than traditional energy production methods. However the site is situated within the Ochil Hills Area of Great Landscape Value.
28 Mar 2007

Two wind turbine plans rejected

Councillors have rejected plans for two wind farms in north Cornwall because they say they would ruin the landscape. Proposals for two 9m (29ft) high turbines at the Treetops Holiday Park in Week St Mary were rejected. North Cornwall District Council also threw out an application for three 81m (265ft) turbines at Morwenstow, saying they would have looked "dreadful". But applicant West Coast Energy said the need for green energy should have over-ridden objections. Spokesman Steve Salt said: "There is a need for renewable energy and there is a need for wind energy, we felt we had a good application here."
28 Mar 2007

Planners turn down wind farm proposals

Plans for a controversial wind farm have been refused by North Cornwall District Council's planning and development committee. An application by Crimp Wind Power Ltd to erect three wind turbines, access tracks and ancillary development on land at Crimp, Morwenstow, has already gone before a site meeting after which more than 100 people attended a meeting in the community centre at Shop to air their views and ask questions. At yesterday's planning meeting district councillors were told the proposed turbines would measure 50 metres to their hub and have 3.31 metre-long blades. The site is in an area of undulating countryside between the A39 and the coast and is around 190 metres above sea level. Objectors have raised concerns about bats in the area, the noise from turbines, its impact on the area's wildlife, residents and tourism industry. They said if it was allowed it could set a precedent along the coastline. After lengthy discussions, councillors turned down the application. Mrs Val Newman said: "The area is very unspoilt. It will have a huge impact. The turbines are enormous and you would see them from a long way away."
28 Mar 2007

Council objects to turbines bid

Plans to build a 10-turbine windfarm on the borders of Hartlepool have been slammed. Hartlepool Borough Council was asked by Sedgefield Borough Council to give its opinions on the installation of the 360ft-high turbines on land close to Hartlepool's border, north of the A689. A report to the council's planning committee said the 10 turbines were planned for an area next to Walkway Wind Farm, which already has consent for a windfarm with seven turbines. But Hartlepool councillors voted six-to-one against having the turbines on Butterwick Moor on grounds of inefficiency, size, location, visual impact and their effect on the environment.
28 Mar 2007

Wind farm wins council approval

Plans for a new wind farm in the Welsh countryside have been approved by councillors. The planning committee yesterday granted permission for 10 wind turbines on land next to Blaengwen Farm, Pencader. A previous application by the same developer, Catamount Cymru, was turned down by the committee last November.
28 Mar 2007

OK for Carmarthenshire wind farm

Plans for a wind farm near Pencader have been approved by Carmarthenshire County Councillors. The planning committee today granted permission for 10 wind turbines on land adjacent to Blaengwen Farm, Pencader. A previous application by the same developer, Catamount Cymru, was turned down by the committee last November. Officers had recommended approval. Council head of planning Eifion Bowen said that the council was working within the framework of the Unitary Development Plan and the Assembly guidance on planning for renewable energy. He said that the new application included habitat improvements to be achieved through agreement to implement a habitat management plan. He recommended approval.
28 Mar 2007

Campaigners vow to fight windfarm

Campaigners have vowed to fight plans to build a windfarm near Wardle every step of the way. Renewable energy firm Coronation Power has this week submitted a planning application to build 12 125m-high turbines at Crook Hill on the moors above Littleborough. But the Friends of The South Pennines are to object, claiming the farm will blight the moors landscape. Spokesman Chris Edwards said: "Members of our group are now busy scrutinising every aspect of the submission in advance of having discussions with the councils and Coronation Power.
28 Mar 2007

Windfarm plan for one of last great wilderness areas under fire

The prospect of giant turbines in one of the last great Highland wildernesses without a windfarm was condemned yesterday by a leading conservationist and the local planning chief. The Assynt Foundation will host a public meeting tonight to spell out its proposals for a "local-scale development" - thought to be either a three or six-turbine scheme - within sight of the iconic Suilven and Canisp mountains near Lochinver, Sutherland. It is understood they would be sited on Druim Suardalain ridge, directly above Glen Canisp Lodge. Acknowledging it would prove controversial, the foundation did not want to reveal details too widely at this early stage "to avoid people from outside the community being present in what's really a community meeting". Project officer Adam Pellant revealed, however, that there was optimism the scheme could be connected to the national grid as a source of local income. "Later in the proceedings, people from all over the world will have plenty of opportunity to raise any objections they have, or be involved in the process," he said.
28 Mar 2007

Council gives wind farm go-ahead

Ten wind turbines standing 110m (361ft) tall will be built on farmland near Brechfa Forest in Carmarthenshire. Council planners voted 12 to seven in favour of the controversial scheme, despite a similar application being refused two years ago. The turbines have been branded an "eyesore" by some locals, while others believe they could bring extra income. The turbines will be built by Catamount Cymru CYF on agricultural land near Pencader.
27 Mar 2007

Resident storm over new wind farm plans

DENBIGHSHIRE country residents are calling for the environmental winds of change to blow in a direction away from their homes. Nantglyn residents have whipped up a storm this week over plans by two companies to build 29 wind turbines near their homes. The Welsh Assembly renewable energy document TAN8 has designated parts of the area around the village has land for the siting of wind turbines. WindPower Wales plans to build 16 turbines, each 100 metres high, next to the existing Tir Mostyn site, which is home to 25 turbines.
27 Mar 2007

Trust opposes windfarm plan

FEARS the proposed Langham Wind Farm will destroy the chances of developing a coastal country park have been raised by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. Trust conservation officer Elizabeth Biott wrote in a formal letter of objection to East Lindsey District Council that the planning application was a great concern because it would be located within an area targeted for the creation of a regional/coastal country park.
27 Mar 2007

Council approves wind turbine plan

A Nottinghamshire man has won planning permission to install a wind turbine at his home. Bassetlaw District Council approved Colin Skidmore's application to erect a 1.4 metre domestic wind turbine, reports the Worksop Guardian. Several local people had objected to the turbines on the grounds that they could be noisy and have a negative visual impact. However, the concerns were overruled by the council members, who voted in Mr Skidmore's favour. Brian Hopkinson, a Labour council member, told the planning committee: "I think we should be putting our money where our mouths are. "If we turn one of these applications down then we are going to have to turn them all down." Mr Skidmore said that the wind turbine is only "marginally bigger" than most rooftop TV aerials, while he added that his chimney would partially screen the turbine from view. According to the Nottingham Energy Partnership, wind turbines could benefit homeowners as there are few running costs beyond the initial installation, barring an annual maintenance check. This means that people could make potential savings on their monthly utility bills by adopting renewable power.
27 Mar 2007

New Windfarm Plan for Doncaster

PLANS have been unveiled for another wind farm in Doncaster just months after it emerged there were a total of 56 such schemes within a 20-mile radius of Robin Hood Airport. Npower Renewables is assessing farmland to the west of the A1, south of Hampole, for its suitability for a maximum of ten turbines capable of powering about 10,800 homes. Joanna Thompson, renewables developer for Npower Renewables said: "We are currently undertaking various technical and environmental studies on and around the site to confirm whether the site is suitable for a wind farm. If it is, this could be a fantastic opportunity for the borough of Doncaster to make a meaningful contribution towards renewable energy generation." Ms Thompson said the firm had submitted a report to Doncaster Council which outlines the extent of the assessments it is proposing to undertake. A newsletter explaining proposals of the site has also gone out to 3,500 homes in the area. Last November, the Free Press revealed how Robin Hood Airport had been notified of plans for 56 wind farm schemes in the 18 months since it opened. Eleven fell within the planning system and the transport hub was objecting to five.
26 Mar 2007

Bishop backs campaign to block windfarm proposal

A leading churchman has thrown his weight behind a campaign to halt proposals for a massive windfarm on Lewis. The bishop of Argyll and the Isles claims local feeling on the issue has been "effectively side-lined". The Rev Martin Shaw said it was "frightening to imagine" the effect 181 turbines could have on the area between Stornoway and Barvas. He said he had been following the arguments for and against the £500million project by developer Lewis Wind Power (LWP). He added: "While local feelings have not been ignored they have been effectively sidelined by arguments that are lacking in clarity and environmental facts, whether they are local or international." He said the major effects of global warming are on a 50 or 100-year scale and, although urgent action is needed, "panic action" is not.
26 Mar 2007

Windfarm plans move forward despite village opposition

The developer behind a controversial windfarm last night pledged to press ahead with its proposals - despite a poll of villagers revealing massive opposition to the renewable-energy scheme. Enertrag UK, the Diss-based developer behind plans for seven 130m turbines near Hempnall, said the poll results would instead make it double its efforts to win villagers over. Hempnall district councillor Michael Windridge spent £400 of his own money on letters asking each resident whether they were for or against the proposal, including a stamped-addressed envelope with each. A similar exercise by Enertrag earlier in the year got just 25 responses from the community. But within days of sending the letters to the 1,050 members on Hempnall's electoral roll in 550 households, Mr Windridge had received 574 responses. Last night, the Tory councillor said 477 residents said they were opposed to the scheme, while 96 were in support, and there had been one abstention - giving the ‘no' camp an 83pc majority. Mr Windridge will now deliver the results of the survey to South Norfolk Council for independent verification and confirmation that all signatories live within the boundaries of Hempnall parish.
26 Mar 2007

Windfarm inquiry now on the cards

TYNEDALE councillors have triggered a public inquiry into plans for a fiercely opposed windfarm near Kirkwhelpington. On Wednesday, members of Tynedale's development control committee voted to object to Amec's application to install 20 turbines on Lord Devonport's Ray Demesne estate. Chairman Coun. Colin Horncastle summarised the feelings of most of his colleagues when he said he would not be able to sleep at night if he supported the application. "I don't want to inflict this on the people living in that area," he said. The councillors went against the advice of their own planning officials, who recommended they did not object.
26 Mar 2007

Opponents launch case against wind farm

Opponents of plans to build a major wind farm near a coastal Essex village have urged developers to find a less obtrusive site for the giant turbines. Electricity firm Npower Renewables submitted plans to Tendring District Council this week to build a five-turbine wind farm on land near St Osyth. The company said it had spent 10 years researching the project and the 125m high units at Earls Hall Farm would produce enough power for up to 6,000 homes a year. However, anxious residents have set up a group called STAPLE (South Tendring Acting to Protect our Local Environment), which is opposed to the move due to the close proximity of the site to their homes.
24 Mar 2007

Strength of feeling over wind farm bid

Planning chiefs have been blown away by the level of feeling about controversial wind farm plans - forcing them to extend the deadline for residents to have their say. Derbyshire Dales District Council say proposals by West Coast Energy Ltd to erect a four-turbine windfarm on land at Carsington Pastures have resulted in a ‘significant number' of comments, both for and against. However, the authority has come under fire for the 21-day limit given for interested parties to have their say on what it calls ‘complex and contentious' proposals. The criticism has prompted leaders to extend the deadline indefinitely while additional information about the skyline-transforming scheme is gathered.
23 Mar 2007

Go ahead for wind turbine

WORKSOP looks set to get its first domestic wind turbine after Bassetlaw Council's planning committee approved an application from a resident. Colin Skidmore became the first person in Bassetlaw to apply for permission to erect a small turbine at his family home at Sparken Hill. Last week the application went before a meeting of the planning committee at Retford Town Hall where the thumbs up was given to the environmentally friendly plans. The decision could pave the way for other residents in Bassetlaw to erect the turbines on the side of their homes.
23 Mar 2007

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