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Mr Paterson's report is about the impact of all renewable-energy sources on the countryside and on the rural economy. "There has been a back-and-forth with DECC but we are doing this report," a source said. "We want some hard and fast evidence about the effect of renewables on rural communities. That is well within our portfolio."
The Conservatives are warning that the Scottish Government's green energy drive has seen ministers "bully councils into accepting the advances" of developers. Critics say many wind farm companies are lodging "speculative" applications, as planning fees for turbines in Scotland are considerably cheaper than those in England.
Concerned villagers are fighting to stop a large wind turbine from being built on farmland close to their homes, claiming it will dominate the skyline and be the second highest structure in Suffolk. Mid Suffolk District Council has received an application to install a single 250kW wind turbine at Yew Tree Farm in Laxfield, near Framlingham. The structure would have a hub height of 30m, with an overall tip height of 45m.
In evidence submitted to the inquiry, landscape architects acting on behalf of the company say Mr and Mrs Shotton's Moor Edge Cottage, next to the A697, has direct views towards the proposed turbines. It also says further tree planting near the boundary of their garden, or closer to the house, would help to screen views within about eight years.
Commenting on the convoy of 40.2 metre long blades, Gwen Crew, chairperson of Denholm Community Council, added: "We should have been told about this when the application was submitted. People have to be made aware of this, as it will have quite an effect on local traffic. We are awaiting further information."
Dr Taylor uses "annoyance" in its medical term. She states, "Annoyance is recognised as a critical health effect, and is associated in some people with stress, sleep disturbance and interference with daily living." She says symptoms such as, "...headache, irritability, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, dizziness, anxiety, and sleep disturbance, are often described in relation to annoyance".
NHS Shetland’s director of public health Dr Sarah Taylor conducted a literature review of studies produced over the past 10 years on the effects of wind turbines have on people’s health. The summary of Dr. Taylor's report is provided below. The full document can be accessed by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.
"It is generally accepted that the primary effect of low frequency noise on people is annoyance. Annoyance is recognised as a critical health effect, and is associated in some people with stress, sleep disturbance, and interference with daily living." ...Low level noise from wind turbines, in particular the "audible modulation of the aerodynamic noise", was more likely to cause "annoyance" than similar levels from other sources.
Councils will be banned from imposing minimum distance limits that would help protect communities from the scourge of wind farms. New planning guidance says local authorities will not be able to designate ‘buffer zones' between properties and turbines.
The intervention marks a straining in relations between wind farm companies and the First Minister, who has championed the rapid increase in onshore turbines in the face of growing fury from rural communities. A Daily Telegraph investigation last month disclosed how the Scottish Government has pressurised council planners across Scotland that they have set aside too little land for turbines.
"This latest application is horrendous. If this gets approved, the whole of the Marsh and Wolds will become dotted in turbines. There will be no escape from them. Every which way residents look they will be there."
The group of nine residents also told Westhoughton Town Council they were not consulted by the school about the plans for the turbine. ..."It has caused so much disruption to our lives on a quiet cul-de-sac. My own thought is it should be removed as we were not consulted in the first place.
British Legion boss is urging town residents to fight proposals to build a wind farm on ground where Uttoxeter's brave World War One soldiers are buried. ...Many of those who died from the brigade, part of the 46th North Midland Division, have no known grave and still lie in the French fields where the battle took place.
Every generation claims some overwhelming need to cover yet more of what remains with concrete, steel and plastic. Normally it is actually about putting profits in the pockets of corporations and landowners. Sadly the current march on the mountains is being made under cover of combating global warming. Yet those who really care about the environment would be sensitive to where wind farms are built.
When asked by Politics.co.uk how community input into onshore wind farm development would work in practice, Davey said the debate would be between the communities and the developers - and that it would not be helpful for the government to impose strict regulations on how the dialogue progressed.
"They call this an offshore wind farm - it's inshore. It is between this beautiful Devon coast visited by four million people every year and the Pembroke coast visited by three million people every year. "And people don't come here to see the landscape and the horizon covered in wind turbines. They come here for peace, tranquility, rural settings and seascapes."
The letter, from law firm Piper Alderman on behalf of Newman and the other landholders, states, "Our clients wish to inform you...that they consider that the proposed wind farms, if erected, are likely to constitute a common law nuisance, and therefore an infringement of their rights as neighbouring landowners to have their reasonable enjoyment of their land not disrupted by the wind farm on your land.
The Conservatives have taken a tougher line on wind farms in recent months, and this week unveiled plans to give communities a powerful ‘veto' over controversial new onshore developments. Schemes will have to gain local residents' consent before a planning application can even be made, effectively handing them the power to prevent turbines being erected.
Senior Conservatives claim the move will effectively end the spread of the controversial turbines which have been blamed for blighting picturesque landscapes. Ministers will announce that residents will have to be consulted over new wind farms with applications barred if there is significant opposition. Councils are currently prevented from even considering applications for larger turbines.
In my experience most supporters of turbines change their mind when they actually see them. I cannot believe Cameron would be happy if the villagers of Ellesborough took his bribe and put turbines on the Chilterns above Chequers. These things are not just in someone's "back yard", they are in the back yards of all Britain. The gulf has never been so wide between the rural landscape and the perception of it by ministers and commentators, who mostly live in London and holiday abroad.