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Wind farm blown out

A wind farm which would have affected around 100 homes and put plans for a £300million development at risk have been turned down. Energy firm Sea and Land Power wanted to build two 105-metre high structures off the A19 near Dalton Park, which would have supplied 2,795 properties with electricity.
18 Mar 2010

Newland villagers claim vibrations from wind farm HGVs are damaging their properties

Construction trucks are causing North Yorkshire villagers to fear for the safety of their homes. Since building began on the 12 turbine Newland wind farm near Selby, heavy goods vehicles have been accessing the site by a narrow bridle path. Villagers claim vibrations from the traffic have led to structural damage to properties and have called for a public meeting to voice their concerns.
15 Mar 2010

Government rejects plan for windfarm near Carlisle

Campaigners have won their battle to prevent a windfarm from being built on the edge of Cumwhinton. A protest poster in CumwhintonPlanning inspector Paul Griffiths has thrown out an appeal from Bolsterstone Innovative Energy, which wanted to build three turbines up to 377ft high at Newlands Farm near junction 42 of the M6.
15 Mar 2010

Noisy wind farms face crackdown

At least one in six of the 255 wind farms in Britain have received noise complaints according to figures obtained by the Daily Telegraph. But local authorities have never managed to prosecute on the grounds of noise nuisance because it is so difficult to prove. The main problem is the intermittent nature of noise from wind farms that makes it difficult to measure.
13 Mar 2010

Exhibition reveals mixed views over proposed Tivetshall wind farm

Wind energy developer Enertrag hosted a public exhibition on Wednesday on its plans to build three 140m high turbines at Tivetshall St Mary. ...Enertrag said it was pleased with a turnout of about 80 local people and said they received a mix of views. Visitor and Tivetshall St Mary villager Ian Henson, who is a member of the Tivetshall Action Group, opposing the development, said: "I would still be concerned about the health issues, being so close to residential properties.
12 Mar 2010

Community group takes legal action against Bradwell wind farm decision

A campaign group's spending could top £100,000 after they announced they will go to the High Court to challenge the Bradwell wind farm development. Battle (Bradwell and Tillingham Tackling Lost Environment) have already fought two planning applications, two public inquiries and sought Judicial Review in a five-year fight against the wind farm.
10 Mar 2010

Wind farm truck vibrations 'damage Selby houses'

Some of the homes have developed cracks in the ceilings and walls Villagers in North Yorkshire claim trucks travelling past their homes to get to a construction site are causing structural damage to their properties. A wind farm is being built at Newland, Selby and vehicles have been accessing the site via a narrow lane.
9 Mar 2010

UK offshore wind costs at least twice nuclear: study

The government's nuclear plans are opposed by some environmental groups as being too costly. But analysis by Parsons Brinckerhoff, a company backing plans for an offshore wind grid, estimates nuclear generation costs to be 6-8 pence per kilowatt hour (p/KWh), including decommissioning and waste disposal, compared to 15-21 p/KWh for offshore wind.
9 Mar 2010

Conservation status may halt wind farm plans

Campaigners fighting a windfarm proposal next to a County Durham hamlet are celebrating the prospect of the community being granted conservation area status next week. Durham County Councillors are being recommended to designate Bolam, near West Auckland, a conservation area.
6 Mar 2010

Lack of wind a blow for turbines' power output; Electricity generated limited to 3mw at times

Scotland's much-vaunted network of wind turbines was barely producing enough electricity to boil 1,000 kettles at times this week. On occasions the total output was a meagre 3MW (megawatts) - the equivalent of a single turbine working at normal speed. The reason was simply a lack of wind, due to the massive area of high pressure sitting over much of Britain for the past few weeks.
6 Mar 2010

Government says no to farmer's wind turbines plan

Plans for three wind turbines which attracted hundreds of objections from local residents have been thrown out by the Scottish Government. Scotland's former "pig king", farmer Arthur Simmers, wanted to erect the 307ft turbines at Mains of Cairnbrogie at Udny, between Oldmeldrum and Pitmedden.
5 Mar 2010

'Civil disobedience' plan to stop wind farm traffic

An elderly Golspie resident has vowed she will resort to "civil disobedience" to prevent Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) from transporting turbine parts for the Gordonbush wind farm on the A9 through Golspie and Brora. Eighty-year-old Valerie Scott, who is disabled and can only walk with the aid of an elbow brace, claims to have the support of at least another 28 activists.
4 Mar 2010

North councils get a greater say on wind farms

Government rulings which turned down two rural wind farm developments could give planners in the region greater authority to refuse future inappropriate proposals. Officers at Northumberland County Council said the rejection of the schemes would have implications for future applications in the area.
1 Mar 2010

Mast goes up at wind farm battleground

People have been urged to come and make their own minds up about a mast at the site of a planned wind farm. Campaign group Save Berkeley Vale reckons the 70m-high test mast at Stinchcombe is a blot on the landscape - and is a prelude to a future where eight bigger turbines could go up.
1 Mar 2010

'92% of Burton villagers do not want wind farm'

Protest group Burton Against Turbines has continued its fight to uphold the council's refusal of North Lincolnshire's latest windfarm. As reported, renewable energy company RidgeWind is appealing against North Lincolnshire Council's decision to block plans for a seven-turbine windfarm at Flixborough Grange.
27 Feb 2010

Bad timing on wind turbine blades

Green bosses in the Tees Valley have questioned how a Tyneside scheme to build the world's biggest wind turbine blades was announced as the Corus blast furnace on Teesside was mothballed. US-based Clipper Windpower will build two blades a week, ramping up production to feed offshore windfarms including the massive Dogger Bank in the North Sea, and create a hub for the low-carbon industries in the region.
22 Feb 2010

Wind farms can damage peat, report warns

A report commissioned by independent environmental body Natural England and entitled "Investigating the impacts of windfarm development on peatlands in England", has described how the construction, operation and decommissioning of a wind farm can erode peat, emitting the carbon dioxide stored within it or leading to "complete peat loss" in some areas.
22 Feb 2010

Offshore wind farm threat to fishermen

Sited 14km off the coast, the array, which will be developed by Swindon- based RWE npower renewables, would generate 1,500 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 1.1 million homes. However, members of the North Devon fishing fleet have complained that the development will occupy some of their most valuable fishing grounds, which would either force boats to move or tie up for good.
16 Feb 2010

Councillors' U-turn vetoes Strathpeffer turbine plan; Development breached planning guidelines

Councillors have changed their minds about a plan to build a 66ft wind turbine on the edge of the picturesque Ross-shire village of Strathpeffer, after reviewing last month's decision to approve it. The previous 5-4 vote by the Ross, Skye and Lochaber area planning committee has been overruled 19-6 by the council's full planning committee because it breached planning guidelines.
13 Feb 2010

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