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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.
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.
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.
Companies applying for permission to build wind farms are to be given new planning guidelines amid fears some councils are being tricked into giving them the go-ahead. Revised Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) guidelines update eight-year-old rules on how photomontages and drawings to help local and other planning authorities assess the impact of the projects.
"It will totally destroy the whole area's aesthetic; for the amount of energy it will produce in erecting all these wind turbines, they're not going to get the pay-off. It'll ruin the land."
National Trust and South Downs National Park Authority both opposed plans for the Rampion wind farm, which will involve up to 175 turbines, each up to 689 feet tall
Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns quizzed culture minister Ed Vaizey about the proposed Navitus bay wind farm in parliament this evening. Mr Burns asked the minister for culture, communications and creative industries why the planning inspectorate had not commissioned an independent environmental report.
I’ve heard numerous folk from up-country say things like: “Blimey! You lot have certainly gone for the golden dollar of sustainable energy – there are windmills everywhere.” This is usually followed by: “And they’re horrible! How come your local authorities have given so many planning permission?”
Dorset County Council has decided to cease negotiations with the developers of the Navitus Bay wind farm over a lease to enable cabling work for the project.
Eyesore wind turbines are to be banned from Scotland’s beauty spots – marking a major victory for The Sunday Post.
Legal experts argued for campaigners concerned by the impact that a proposed wind turbine could have on the landscape and the local economy and successfully challenged a council decision to give the development the go-ahead.
The proposal for Honeywell Farm was rejected due to concerns that it would cause ‘serious harm’ to the character of the surrounding landscape. ...“All of the identified benefits of the scheme would be significantly and demonstrably outweighed by the adverse impact it would have upon the character of the local landscape.”