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Borders councillors have reacted angrily to having their carefully-considered policies on the siting of future turbines sacrificed on the altar of Scottish Government renewable energy targets.
As part of the same decision two more wind farms were refused at Llaithddu and Llanbadarn Fynydd. DECC cited a number of reasons for refusing the four schemes, including concerns over the wind farms' effect on local biodiversity, local traffic, and landscape and visual impacts.
Bilsthorpe Parish Council had objected to the proposal, because of its visual impact and potential detriment to wildlife.
Turbines are switched off when gales strike and for essential maintenance. But they are also halted at the request of the National Grid to balance the volume of electricity in the system. Compensation in the form of “constraint payments” is negotiated by windfarm operators.
Germany-based Prowind, had failed to respond to a letter asking them for updates to an environmental review within an allocated seven-day period. Their failure to respond meant the council disposed of their application. More than 1,000 people made formal objections to the council when the plans were first unveiled by Prowind in 2008.
Now Melin Derwydd Limited have abandoned their plans for 10 turbines at Derwydd Bach near Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, which leaves only two remaining schemes from the original group of four.
In August it was announced that Vattenfall Wind Power Limited no longer planned to go ahead with their proposal for a windfarm at Nant Bach near Clocaenog Forest. Now Melin Derwydd Limited have abandoned their plans for 10 turbines at Derwydd Bach near Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, which leaves only two remaining schemes from the original group of four.
Plans for a 79-metre high wind turbine to power a water treatment plant in Lancashirelook set to be thrown out. County councillors will be advised next week to reject anapplication for the turbine at Heysham because insufficient information has been submitted about its likely impact on the ecology of the area.
The expansion of the Scout Moor wind farm could yet be stalled after the planning approval was ‘called in’ for review by the Government. Proposals to extend the number of wind turbines at the site from 26 to 42 were approved by Rossendale council’s planning committee in September.
A Department for Communities and Local Government statement said: "We have carefully considered the proposed expansion of Scout Moor Wind Farm against the government’s call in policy and decided that the planning applications should be decided by central government.
The plans have attracted strong local opposition, and planning officers seem to have taken the views of the objectors on board. They have recommended that councillors refuse to grant planning permission because of the impact the turbines would have on the landscape and local heritage.
Planners have moved to block an “objectionable” large-scale windfarm straddling the spectacular landscape between Angus and Perthshire. Saddle Hill (Black Hill) windfarm was to straddle Glen Isla with 14 turbines.
Announcing the refusals, Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing acknowledged efforts had been made by the developers to mitigate landscape and visual impacts but said he had concluded the impacts from the wind farms would still be unacceptable.
Campaigners are celebrating after a wind farm developer lost its appeal against refusal of planning permission for 14 turbines near an iconic Munro in the Highlands. Highland Council had refused a proposal by PI Renewables for the windfarm on the slopes of Carn Gorm near Ben Wyvis, north of Inverness.
An agreed expansion of the Scout Moor wind farm remains in limbo, after government bosses confirmed they could still overturn the decision. Rossendale council’s development control committee voted in favour to approve the plans to expand the wind farm from 26 to 42 turbines, back in September, despite fierce opposition from campaigners.
National Grid spent at least £2.5m after issuing a notice of inadequate system margin (NISM) on Wednesday afternoon asking power companies to provide more electricity. It paid the owner of Severn power station, Calon, about £2,500 per megawatt hour to provide an extra 500MW for two hours.
The Scottish Government has turned down plans for a windfarm on a highly sensitive Highlands site because the company applying for permission didn’t exist at the time of the submission. ...Helen McDade, head of policy for the John Muir Trust, said: “For the past 16 months, we have worked closely with the local Keep Rannoch Wild campaign and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland to stop this monstrosity in the heart of Wild Land Area 14, so we are delighted that the scheme has been deemed not competent.
Dedicated campaigners are celebrating after an appeal against Calderdale Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a wind farm near Todmorden was withdrawn at the 11th hour. ...A spokesperson for Kelda Water Services said: “Changes in government policy have made the site at Gorpley no longer attractive as a renewable source at present.
Plans to construct a huge wind turbine next to a popular horse riding centre have been passed.
Allerdale council has made a public apology over its handling of a councillor's planning application. The Local Government Ombudsman recommended that the council apologised publicly over errors it made when dealing with Councillor Jim Lister's application for a wind turbine at Oughterside Mill, Oughterside.