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The high court case followed accusations by wind farm developer RWE Npower Renewables that two proposed wind farms had been rejected by the council as a result of the "emerging policy" of new "buffer zones", despite the proposals being in line with the established local policy that was "permissive" of wind farms.
She claimed the UK Government and the European Union breached the UN's Aarhus Convention, under which the public must be given reliable and transparent information on environmental matters, and sufficient participation in decision-making.
Developers Falck Renewables Wind Ltd has announced they will not appeal the decision last month by Highland Council to refuse planning permission. Dave Thompson, SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said: “I am very glad that Falck have recognised the considerable opposition to their plans, and decided not to proceed with this development.
"However, the proposed wind turbine threatens to despoil the entire area - it will be intrusive to eye and ear; it will disturb the tranquillity and cast a shadow over all who come here, city child or visitor, and over those of us who live here and love this place."
The meeting, organised by Highcliffe Community Association and chaired by Dorset County Councillor Alan Griffiths, heard from both the wind farm developer Navitus Bay Development Ltd and opposition group Challenge Navitus.
Fears have been raised by councillors over a wind turbine development that could lead to ‘open season' for Dorset. Puddletown parish councillors voiced strong concerns at a meeting over the proposed nine-turbine complex.
"However, the area is now under imminent threat from wind farm developers. Separate plans from five different companies, if allowed to go ahead, would see the village encircled in a virtual ring of steel, which would devastate the local environment and put the villagers' way of life in peril."
But in Britain, a crowded and windy island with high rates of home ownership and an appealingly romantic view of its landscape, the conflict is exceptionally rancorous. It has also, unusually, become a national issue.
Councillor Williams said: "Wind farm applicants are offering money to parish councils and planning committees in Lincolnshire in order to have their applications approved. They are bribes - it is as simple as that. It needs to stop immediately.
Chairman Sir Simon Jenkins yesterday singled out the proliferation of wind turbines as he highlighted concerns about the Government's planning reforms, which he said would cause ‘warfare' in local communities if not delayed.
A renewable energy company has applied to change the conditions attached to its controversial wind turbine project at Highburn House in Wooler. Myriad CEG are attempting to remove a condition that obliges them to carry out a survey of television signals in the area.
"As I see it this scheme fails on all three counts, with all the benefits going to one person and the detrimental aspects suffered by the local people at large."
Unlike other forms of variable noise, however, such as railways and aircraft, it [turbine noise] can continue for very long periods at a time. The nature of the noise - a rhythmic beating or swooshing of the blades - is also disturbing. UK noise limits permit turbines to be built so close to houses that sleep impacts and associated health effects are almost inevitable.
"We're seeing in Scotland the biggest transfer of money from the poor to the rich that we've ever seen in our history," he told a press conference in Edinburgh. "In parts of the Highlands now tourism is being effectively destroyed and people are leaving the Highlands because tourists no longer want to go there with the landscape bristling with wind factories and industrial wind turbines.
He suggested the wealthiest Scots are benefiting from the spread of wind farms at the expense of consumers, who have to heavily subsidise the technology in their energy bills. Among the landowners named in the book is the Duke of Roxburghe, who, he estimated, could earn £1.5 million a year from turbines erected in the Lammermuir Hills.
A windfarm developer has been accused of riding roughshod over residents, who have had to endure further disruption. The latest episode happened on Monday when a vehicle delivering a turbine part became stuck for more than an hour as it was making its way to the site at Wingates.
Controversial plans for the Highlands' biggest wind farm - an 83-turbine development in the hills above Loch Ness - are set to be decided on Tuesday without councillors visiting the site, prompting anger from anti-wind farm campaigners. Planning officers are recommending Highland Council raises no objection to the proposed Stronelairg development.
Action groups from across the Borders - and both East and West Lothian - have called for the current guideline of a minimum of 2km between wind turbines and homes and businesses to be made compulsory to mitigate the impact of wind farms on people's welfare.
Opportunities might arise in the future to challenge the scheme as planning permission was sought for various stages of development. "At the moment we have to regroup and we will have to decide what we intend doing," he said.
Thousands of Lincolnshire residents spoke out against wind farms when over 90 per cent voted in opposition in a survey by the County Council. Now, local opposition groups say that they hope this ‘sends a clear message to West Lindsey District Council' regarding plans to build wind farms at Hemswell Cliff and Corringham, near Gainsborough.