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A survey of nearly 1,000 climbers and hill walkers, carried out by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, revealed that 68% say parts of Scotland are now less appealing because of wind farms. Around two thirds have already been put off by wind farms from visiting or revisiting places in Scotland they had visited before. ...67% say wind farms are making Scotland as a whole a less appealing place to visit.
Environment spokesman Sir Jamie McGrigor stands to make more than £8m from the development which has angered the Argyll & Bute community living around Loch Awe.
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.
The organisation said this week that the changes, reported earlier this month in the Daily Echo, were “a move in the right direction”. But it said it remained concerned about the impact of the proposal.
Almost a hundred interested parties and residents from the Orby area packed into Hogsthorpe Hillage Hall last night (Wednesday, February, 19) for a public inquiry into proposed plans to erect nine wind turbines in the village of Orby.
The days of the MoD trying to block planning applications for new turbine developments across the country could soon be at an end. It is thanks to new technology which allows remote radar sites to operate with “wind farm friendly” technology.
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.
An energy company whose plans for a Northamptonshire wind farm were blocked at the High Court has failed in an appeal against the ruling after the Court of Appeal concluded that a planning inspector had given insufficient weight to the scheme's impact on nearby heritage sites.
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".
“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.
North Norfolk District Council rejected the plans but a planning inspector overturned the council's decision. The High Court judge said the inspector failed to give enough weight to the impact the turbine would have on the landscape and historic buildings.
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.
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.
The billionaire property developer had alleged that Alex Salmond, Scotland's first minister, had secretly interfered in the decision to approve the 11-turbine European offshore wind deployment centre site (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay – a claim rejected on Tuesday by a Scottish civil court judge, Lord Doherty.
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.
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”.
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.
Developer Navitus Bay Development Limited, which is a joint venture between Dutch firm Eneco and energy giant EDF, has agreed to a request from Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood to commission a helicopter to hover at agreed heights and distances from the town’s coastline.
The Scottish Government has been accused of sacrificing trees for wind turbines. A Freedom of Information request from the Scottish Conservatives discovered that millions of trees have been cut down in Scotland to clear the way for windfarm developments since the SNP came to power in 2007.
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’.