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Planning row over wind masts

Developers looking to build a multi-million pound eco-village near Market Drayton are challenging councillors over a decision to throw out their plans for temporary wind masts. The Claymoss Group, which is behind a proposed leisure complex near Ashley, is currently building its case against Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s decision. The group applied to put up temporary 60m high weather masts at the Maer Hills site in December but councillors rejected the bid. Claymoss, ahead of a possible appeal to the Secretary of State, is looking to get councillors to scrap one of their reasons for rejecting the wind masts. The borough council refused the plans claiming the masts would cause “unacceptable damage” to the landscape, disturb the area’s peace and affect the view and harm wildlife. However, the developers have handed over evidence that the masts would not harm wildlife and councillors were due to assess this at a meeting today. They are recommended to withdraw the objection. The developers are looking to power the Evolution Leisure Village with four wind turbines and the weather masts are needed to assess wind speeds. A report to council states: “Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has now indicated that they are satisfied, given the distances and types of work, that mitigating effects on badgers will be possible therefore they consider there is enough information on badgers to give permission regarding this issue.”
14 Feb 2007

Campaigners’ windfarm fears

Villagers who fear their rural outlook would be destroyed by huge wind turbines will mount what could be their final challenge next week. STIER (Stop Turbines in East Riding) - formed of residents from Gransmoor, Lissett and other nearby villages - have fought for almost a year against proposals to put up 12 massive turbines on the former Lissett airfield. Crunch time has now been reached as East Riding of Yorkshire Council is expected to come to a decision at a full planning meeting next Thursday.
14 Feb 2007

Wind turbine plans dealt blow

Plans to build a 70 metre high wind turbine on the South Downs have been dealt a significant blow. Despite claims by the Glyndebourne Opera House, in Ringmer, that 93 per cent of villagers support their bid to power its buildings by installing the green energy generator, the local Town Council voted not to support the plans when they go before Lewes District Council.
13 Feb 2007

Green light for appeal wind farm

A wind farm planned for west Devon has been given the go ahead after objections were overturned on appeal. Plans to build nine, 120m (394ft) high turbines in the Den Brook Valley near North Tawton were rejected last year by West Devon Borough Council. But the plans by Renewable Energy Systems (RES) have now been given the thumbs up by a planning inspector. He said the wind farm would not affect Dartmoor National Park which is five miles from the site.
13 Feb 2007

Radar problem blocks turbines

An application by Merck Sharp and Dohme Ltd to build the turbines was refused by members at Blyth Valley Council's development control panel. Members argued the plan, which proposed two 130m high turbines to be placed in Windmill Industrial Estate, Shotton Lane, Cramlington, would be misread on airport radars as aircraft. Concerns were also raised about the effect on Brizlee Wood air defence radar where, if granted permission, the turbines would have been placed 36km from.
12 Feb 2007

Benefits of Lewis wind farm equal its saving in emissions: precisely zero

Obviously, there are other ways in which the Lewis wind farm electricity can be managed so as to effect some small reductions in carbon emissions, but a figure of 600,000 tonnes per annum (your report, 6 February) is clearly absurd. The only long-term benefit of the Lewis wind farm will come at the end of it's 20-year lifetime, when, with the Beauly to Denny pylon line in place, the newly industrialised area of Barvas Moor will be the ideal site to place a 1000MW "clean energy" nuclear plant.
10 Feb 2007

Moves kick off to set windfarm ground rules

With the envisaged escalation of windfarm developments in the North Sea, the North Sea Regional Advisory Council (NSRAC)has taken the first steps towards producing a set of minimum standards for how the fishing sector and the offshore windfarm industry should consult with each other.But it emerged today that there is already a feeling that fishermen are being consulted too late in the planning process.
9 Feb 2007

County backing for Middlemoor wind farm

A proposed wind farm at Middlemoor, near North Charlton, has received the backing of planners at Northumberland County Council. The application by Npower renewables for the 18 turbine wind farm will be decided by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry because of its scale. A report to members of the planning and regulation committee said: “The development has the potential to make a significant contribution towards the production of energy from renewable resources.
8 Feb 2007

Wind of change

Could there be soon be wind turbines on the piers - or windmills on the cliff-top? Putting up wind turbines along the coastline is just one of the suggestions put forward by Bournemouth councillors to show the town’s commitment to tackling climate change. Conservative Cllr Dave Smith told members of the council’s environment scrutiny panel on Wednesday: “I would like to see a windmill on the end of Bournemouth Pier. Or why not along the cliff-top? “One set of people would say it would spoil the views but it would say that we in Bournemouth are doing our best to help climate change.” He called for a review of all sites in the town that could be suitable for wind turbines.
8 Feb 2007

Cheviot wind farm plan dropped

Plans to build a six turbine wind farm in the Cheviot hills have been dropped by developers. Coronation Power has pulled the plug on its proposal for Moneylaws Hill, near Mindrum Station, because of its distance from a national grid connection. The developers had also faced objections from the Ministry of Defence that the 125 metre high turbines would interfere with its primary radar at Brizlee wood, near Boulmer. Coronation Power spokesman Paul Taylor said: “There are some technical issues which we can not address so we have decided it is not a viable site.”
8 Feb 2007

World’s first wind and gas offshore energy project given go-ahead

A unique dual energy scheme to be sited off the Cumbrian coast was given the go-ahead today by Energy Minister Lord Truscott. The Ormonde project from Eclipse Energy will be sited 10KM from Walney Island near Barrow in Furness. This innovative hybrid development has the potential to generate up to 200MW of electricity with almost half coming from the wind farm comprising up to 30 turbines. This is enough clean energy for around 70,000 homes. When the wind isn’t sufficient, power will still come via conventional gas sources pumped from two fields in nearby Morecambe Bay for which DTI approval has also been sought.
8 Feb 2007

Public Inquiry into wind farm plan now likely

The prospect of a Public Inquiry into North British Windpower Ltd’s plans to build a 48 turbine wind farm at Fallago Rig is looking ever more likely now that Scottish Borders Council has become the latest in an increasing list of organisations and individuals to object to it. Councillors at last Friday’s development and building control committee meeting were applauded by local people opposed to the development when they voted 9-3 to continue to object to the wind farm application, despite the number of 110-125m high turbines being reduced from the original number of 62. The decision on whether or not to allow the wind farm to go ahead lies with the Scottish Executive and they will have to take into account that as well as hundreds of individual objections to the proposal, Scottish Borders Council, East Lothian Council and Scottish Natural Heritage still oppose the amended proposal.
8 Feb 2007

Wind picks up for ‘farm’ plan

A bid to site the region’s most powerful wind farm north of Alnwick has cleared its first hurdle, despite fierce objections from residents. Northumberland County Council this week backed npower renewables’ proposals for a 18-turbine development at Middlemoor, near North Charlton.
8 Feb 2007

Wind farm’s opponents to step up fight

Campaigners fighting against plans to build a wind farm in Midlothian have contacted residents to urge them to oppose the scheme. Householders near the Auchencorth Moss site on the outskirts of Penicuik fear the turbines will create unacceptable noise and vibration levels, and blight views in the area. Plans have been formally submitted to Midlothian Council by E.ON UK, but the authority is waiting on a general report on the suitability of the area for wind turbines before taking a decision. The Penicuik Environmental Protection Association (PEPA) has now written to members, reminding them that objections can still be sent to the council. Last year, 718 people wrote to the local authority in just two weeks after E.ON UK submitted its planning application. The proposals would see 18 wind turbines with a maximum height of 102 metres erected.
8 Feb 2007

Delight as windfarm plan thrown out

Campaigners are celebrating after plans to build a windfarm near Beverley were thrown out, amid fears that the giant turbines would spoil one of the best-loved views of the town. East Riding councillors have refused a planning application by Ridgewind Ltd, who wanted to site 12 of the 100-metre high turbines on land north of Hall Farm at Routh. The scheme had sparked objections from several parish councils in the area, including Tickton and Routh Parish Council and Beverley Town Council. East Riding Council’s own conservation officer also objected to the scheme, pointing out that the site was only 5km from Beverley and claiming that the turbines would be visible from Beverley Westwood. The Ramblers’ Association also lodged an objection, claiming the turbines would be 45 metres higher than the towers of Beverley Minster when viewed from Black Mill on the Westwood. The applicants claimed that the turbines would supply on average electricity for the equivalent of about 12,000 homes, more than nine per cent of households in the East Riding. Dennis Parker, chairman of the Beverley group of the Ramblers’ Association, said: “I think it is a marvellous result that the view from the Westwood has been saved for all time. It would have been an absolute disaster if the turbines were to be erected in the location proposed at Routh.”
8 Feb 2007

Wind farm wins district support

Councillors narrowly voted to support a wind farm described by one as a blight on the Northumberland landscape. AMEC Project Investment Ltd wants to construct, operate and decommission the Ray Wind Farm, comprising 20 turbines on the Ray Estate, near Otterburn. The site straddles both Alnwick and Tynedale district council boundaries with only four of the turbines, a single control building/substation, a pit area and temporary compound storage area located within the Alnwick administrative boundaries.
8 Feb 2007

Setback for Pirelli’s wind turbine plans

Plans for a giant wind turbine at Carlisle’s Pirelli factory have been dealt a blow as tests found the city is not as windy as first thought. A test mast was erected at the Dalston Road factory last year to measure wind strength and how often it blows, as a precursor to a planned 120-metre turbine. But results have not matched the company’s expectations. Those calculations were based on wind records taken at Carlisle airport over the past ten years.
7 Feb 2007

Burying mega-power line would force total rethink, inquiry is told

Controversial plans to build an overhead power line through Scotland are both necessary and cost effective, an inquiry was told yesterday. The scheme is also “demonstrably more economic” than putting the line underground, according to the would-be developers. They warned that if parts of the line had to be buried, the whole scheme would have to be re-evaluated because of the extra costs involved. The inquiry opened in Perth into proposals to replace the existing 137-mile electricity transmission line between Beauly near Inverness, and Denny, near Stirling, to help take power from planned renewable energy developments. But the scheme by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHETL), a subsidiary of Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE); and SP Transmission, a subsidiary of ScottishPower, has met objections from the five planning authorities involved - Highland, Perth and Kinross, Stirling and Falkirk councils, and the Cairngorms National Park Authority. More than 17,000 people have also protested and a number of campaign groups have been formed to fight the plans, claiming the new line will threaten health, landscape, tourism, wildlife and property values.
7 Feb 2007

Turbine plan opposed

Plans to build six wind turbines at Kiln Pit Hill are being opposed by Northumberland County Council. Although Tynedale Council will make the final decision on the application, the county council had been asked to comment on the scheme. Council officer, David English, told members: “Recent studies have found that Kiln Pit Hill is unsuitable for wind turbine development of this scale and on this site because of the visual impact on the local landscape.” Members agreed and supported a list of objections – on the grounds of significant landscape impact – which will now be passed on to Tynedale Council to help it make its decision.
7 Feb 2007

Residents say no to wind farm

Angry villagers turned out in force last night to protest against plans to site a wind farm in the South Devon countryside. Cornwall Light and Power (CLP) has submitted plans to build three, 90m high wind turbines at Goveton, near Kingsbridge in South Devon. The turbines will provide 1.3MW each, enough to power 2,000 homes. CLP has resurrected an application submitted, and then withdrawn, by Npower in January last year. It carried out extra studies, which the old proposal lacked, before submitting the application to South Hams District Council. However, it has drawn strong opposition from people living near the site, who have raised fears about noise, effects on health, the visual impact and the possible loss of tourism. Last night, Buckland tout Saints parish council held an extraordinary meeting to discuss the project. Resident Jeremy Smith said: “If this application is passed it will be the thin end of the wedge for Devon - we must stop it.”
7 Feb 2007
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