Articles filed under Impact on Landscape from UK

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

'Job done' on wind farms, says John Hayes

Too many of the turbines had been “peppered” across the UK without enough consideration for the countryside and people’s homes, adding that “enough is enough”. He added: “We can no longer have wind turbines imposed on communities. I can’t single-handedly build a new Jerusalem but I can protect our green and pleasant land.”
13 Nov 2013

Fears as Keelham Farm Shop bid to erect second turbine

The Thornton and Queensbury area has been transformed into a “wind farm landscape” in recent years, according to a council officer. Bradford Council’s landscape architect Simon Alderson made the comments when asked for his feedback on the latest application for a wind turbine in the area, at Keelham Farm Shop.
9 Nov 2013

New wind farm planning guide is failing, says MP Geoffrey Cox

Wind farms are "industrialising" the countryside, a Westcountry MP has warned as he raised fears tough new rules to prevent the technology's expansion are failing. Geoffrey Cox, Conservative MP for Torridge and West Devon, has concerns that new planning guidance to give local opponents more power has done little to slow the number of wind farm applications.
26 Oct 2013

Hemswell Cliff: Planning officers recommend wind farm be refused at special meeting

Planning officers have recommended the application be refused on two grounds. The first is that the wind farm would ‘significantly intrude upon and dominate the setting of nearby heritage assets resulting in substantial harm to the detriment of their significance’, and secondly that it would result in ‘substantial harm to heritage assets of significant archeological interest within the site.’
23 Oct 2013
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