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Wind farms: 'Inspector Blight' criticised by senior judges

The Court of Appeal suggested that Paul Griffiths’ “flawed” methodology meant that the more “obviously modern” and “large scale” a wind development, the more likely that it would be given the go-ahead next to a historic site. The criticism follows vociferous complaints by campaigners and several MPs about Mr Griffiths’ decisions.
2 Mar 2014

Victory for opponents as Tressady Wind Farm application is turned down

Despite officials recommending Wind Prospect Developments’ scheme for approval, Highland Council’s north planing committee voted 7-2 to reject it today, following a site visit 24 hours earlier. The turbines would have been 115-metres high within the Strath Fleet watershed between the hilltops of Cnoc na Fardaich to the north-west and Cnoc na h Uaighe to the south-east, but councillors were alarmed at its proximity to residents’ homes.
18 Feb 2014

Ed Miliband's barrister wife fails to overturn court ruling banning wind turbines in Duke of Gloucester's garden

Three judges supported a High Court decision to block the 400ft-high turbines. The site is just a mile from Lyveden New Bield, a Grade I listed unfinished Elizabethan lodge with a moated garden. The initial case against the development was brought - and won - by the National Trust, English Heritage and East Northamptonshire Council last year. English Heritage had warned that the effect of the turbines on the landscape would be "appalling".
18 Feb 2014

Wind turbine ‘danger to life’ and an eyesore

“We held a survey last summer and got responses from more than 50 per cent of the village, 95 per cent of whom were against the plan.” Mr Stephenson fears there could be a significant danger to pilots at Shotteswell airfield who use the motorway as a guide for landing. Shotteswell parish councillor Val Ingram said developers were being encouraged by generous government subsidies.
16 Feb 2014

High court blocks north Norfolk wind turbine bid

Deputy high court judge Robin Purchas QC, sitting in London, ruled that an inquiry inspector who gave the go-ahead had failed to comply with planning law relating to landscape and heritage sites. The turbine was to be sited near Cromer Ridge, one of the highest points in north Norfolk, which has a number of listed buildings in the area.
14 Feb 2014

Four wind turbine plans thrown out

Mr Barker said: "The parish council is totally opposed to the applications. which will be very visible for miles. "They will be harmful to the landscape, which is our heritage." Mr Dining said: "The turbines at Morridge already cause concern. This is a special landscape area and they will create noise pollution.
14 Feb 2014

Wind farms are blamed for wild land destruction

Conservationists who have raised fears over the visual impact on Scotland's scenery say the proliferation of wind farms is largely to blame. The study carried out by ­Scottish Natural Heritage reveals a dramatic decline in the nation's countryside, with building carried out on nearly 2000 square miles of unspoilt Scotland over one four-year period alone.
8 Feb 2014

Wind power plan ‘threatens Macbeth hill fort’

The development has sparked an outcry among residents and anti wind farm campaigners, who it will overshadow the scenic Sidlaw Hills in Perthshire and the hill fort made famous when, in the early 1600s, William Shakespeare wrote: “Macbeth shall never vanquished be, until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him”.
6 Feb 2014

Black Isle community against wind farm bid

A poll of residents in a Black Isle community facing Ben Wyvis has shown the vast majority are against a wind farm development because it would “obscure and corrupt” their view of the iconic mountain. The results of the email and door-to-door surveys around the Culbokie area has prompted Ferintosh Community Council to formally opt to lodge an objection to the proposed five-turbine scheme. ...The community council has carried out its own surveys which yielded an 88 per cent objection rate.
24 Jan 2014

Wind farm blight is 'industrialising our countryside': Ex-Poet Laureate accuses politicians of 'gung-ho' policies

Britain's political class today stands accused of ‘industrialising the countryside’ by allowing the spread of wind and solar farms that have ‘blighted landscapes’ across the UK. Sir Andrew Motion, president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, condemns the ‘gung-ho’ way in which all three main political parties have put development ahead of protecting ‘Britain’s green spaces’.
1 Jan 2014

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