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DECC forced to reconsider Wales wind farm applications

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.
24 Dec 2015

SSE paid to shutoff windfarm

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.
14 Dec 2015

Seven year battle to end plans for wind farm near Selby ends

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.
11 Dec 2015

Giant wind turbine plan to be blocked

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.
3 Dec 2015

Government to review Scout Moor expansion decision

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.
2 Dec 2015

Clark calls in Lancashire onshore wind farm extension

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.
2 Dec 2015

Councillors urged to reject Woolfox wind farm plans

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.
1 Dec 2015

Government throws out Highlands wind farm appeal

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.
10 Nov 2015

Scout Moor expansion could still be overturned by the Government

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.
6 Nov 2015

Rannoch windfarm plans thrown out as company didn't exist when submitted

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.
31 Oct 2015

Campaigners celebrate after wind farm appeal is dropped at 11th hour

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.
29 Oct 2015

Council apologises over planning errors

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.  
23 Oct 2015
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