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The National Trust for Scotland is backing a campaign against a hugely controversial wind farm that critics claim will destroy the character of an important area of wild land.
Bournemouth council claimed Navitus Bay’s “Plan B” was “unlawful” at the first of a series of issue-specific hearings. The finer details of the wind farm plans are currently being examined at a number of in-depth hearings, which will continue this week and next week.
The Northumbrian coast is wild no more, raddled with lines of wind turbines. Giant turbines are rising round the perimeter of the Lake District and on the exquisite Lleyn peninsula beyond Snowdonia. Unbelievably, the glorious county of Dorset is to be desecrated by three huge turbine arrays along its spine. Is this how David Cameron wants his Coalition to be immortalised?
The secretary of state has refused a recovered proposal for three wind turbines in Norfolk against an inspector's recommendation, concluding that their impact on the setting of a grade I listed church, a conservation area's character and appearance and the local landscape outweigh the benefits of wind energy development.
Taxpayers’ handouts to massive ‘ugly’ solar farms which scar the countryside are to be axed by Environment Secretary Liz Truss. She will tell farmers tomorrow to stop pocketing public funds by carpeting large parts of the landscape with the black panels.
Campaigners for and against the wind farm planned for the Dorset coast are readying themselves for a marathon meeting today. The open floor hearing will see the planning process for the Navitus Bay wind farm get under way in earnest.
Swanage county councillor and former town mayor Bill Trite says it would be “criminal” and “philistine” to construct the Navitus Bay wind farm off the Dorset coast.
Purbeck planning chiefs have refused to back the Navitus Bay offshore wind farm, arguing it will cause “significant adverse harm” to the landscape and could damage the area’s tourist economy.
Chris Heaton Harris, a Conservative MP who has led a backbench rebellion against the spread of wind turbines across the UK and has railed against the subsidies they receive, said: “It seems amazing that an industry, built on subsidy and high energy prices, can receive yet more taxpayers’ money to waste.
A map showing wind farms are visible from at least 60 per cent of Scotland is being released today by a leading environment campaign group. The purple areas on the map represent areas where 410ft high wind turbines are visible at a maximum distance of about 18 miles.
The 7 megawatt machine, located just 50 meters off the coast at Methil is a test system for Korean-based Samsung Heavy Industries to evaluate the technical capabilities of the machine. The turbine has a total height of height of 643 ft (196m),
Communities secretary Eric Pickles has refused permission for three wind turbines in Lincolnshire, ruling that the proposals would result in a 'considerable level of harm' to the significance of a local heritage asset.
On Tuesday, Michael Cunliffe issued his judgement, ruling that the wind farm’s contribution towards renewable electricity targets and reduced carbon emissions did not outweigh its “unacceptable adverse impacts on the landscape and on aviation”.
“The refusal by the Scottish Government sends a strong message to developers that it is inappropriate to target areas now recognised in Scottish planning policy as nationally important for their wild land qualities.
The Energy Minister agreed with the findings of the Public Local Inquiry Reporter that the wind farm would cause unacceptable landscape and visual impacts, including on wild land. There had been over 300 objections into the proposed development, and Highland Council unanimously opposed the project.
Councillors have gone against the advice of officials and unanimously rejected plans for a wind farm amid concern over the cumulative noise and visual impact.
Highland Council's south planning applications committee unanimously rejected RWE Innogy UK's proposals today.
The Scottish Natural heritage (SNH) has published ‘Visual Representation of Wind Farms, July 2014’. This guidance replaces the previous version (2006). The updated guidance sets a new standard for wind farm visualizations; and is prescriptive which means that applicants must comply with the key requirements set out in Annex B of the guidance. An explanation of the guidance is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the links on this page. While written for wind farm assessments in Scotland, the parameters for producing visualizations are applicable worldwide.
Opposition organisation Challenge Navitus has long said that Navitus Bay Development Ltd's images, shown to the public at exhibitions during the consultation phase, played down the scale of the development, which could see as many as 194 wind turbines as high as 200m placed off the coast - 12 miles from Christchurch, 13 from Bournemouth and Poole and nine from Swanage.
A huge half mile landslide containing hundreds of tonnes of liquefied bog that swept from the side of Croaghan Hill last Saturday has reopened questions about a nine turbine Windfarm soon to be built nearby.