Wind Power News: U.K.
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Local residents who will be affected by Bord na Mona’s proposal to erect 28 wind turbines on the bogland at Derryadd attended a public meeting yesterday evening in Lanesboro, where they discussed the implications of the wind farm on the local area. The meetings included a presentation by the Golden Eagle Trust, suggesting that the area would serve well as a wetlands wilderness park and a tourist asset instead. Sue Moles from the National Wildlife Service also attended the meeting . . .
A French company that had plans for a giant 23-turbine windfarm near Beauly refused at a previous Scottish Government inquiry is to try again with a project half the size next week. The fresh appeal follows Highland Council’s failure to make a decision about a 10-turbine alternative scheme within a four-month time limit. Druim Ba Sustainable Energy (DBSE) will argue its case at the new public inquiry in Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire. It hopes to build towers up to 414ft tall nearby, . . .
A proposed wind farm near common land in Radnorshire has been rejected by councillors. Hendy Wind Farm Limited was seeking planning permission for seven turbines with blades reaching 110 metres high, on land off the A44 at Llandegley near Llandegley Rhos Common and said it had the support of land owners. The wind farm would have provided electricity for 10,000 homes for 25 years and permission could be renewed after that. But Powys council’s planning committee, meeting at County Hall, . . .
Eastern Berwickshire is at saturation point when it comes to accommodating wind farms. That is the message that Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee will again send to the Scottish Government after it unanimously agreed to reject a bid for eight 100m-high turbines near Howpark farmhouse, a mile from Grantshouse and three miles from Coldingham. The site is a wind farm hotspot, with 22 turbines currently generating power at Drone Hill to the north east and 14 turbines under construction at . . .
Plans to build a wind farm at a Powys beauty spot could deter tourists visiting, according to campaigners. Hendy Wind Farm Ltd said its proposal to build seven turbines at Llandegley near Llandrindod Wells had the support of land owners. The planning committee has been recommended to approve it on Thursday. Four of the turbines could be built on a protected public right of way, according to preservation body the Open Spaces Society. This could make it common land, according . . .
Controversial plans for three new wind turbines look set to be halted by planners after almost 1,400 objections. Viridis Wind Turbines wants to erect three 77-metre high wind turbines on Hoddlesden Moss. But opposing residents said they fear the development will spoil their ‘beautiful views’, claiming the plans ‘only benefit the developer’. Planners, who will recommend the application’s refusal at a meeting tomorrow, have received 904 letters and a 387 signature petition against the plans as well as 556 letters . . .
Wild land charity the John Muir Trust is bracing itself for a massive legal bill after failing to have the plugs pulled on power company SSE’s Stronelairg Windfarm scheme. The amount is not yet clear. The trust has already paid the Scottish Government £75,000 as a result of its unsuccessful judicial review. SSE confirmed that it had asked the Court of Session to rule on expenses incurred in the wake of the final approval for its 67-turbine development on 8,650 . . .
The company behind a controversial wind turbine in Barnmeen has stopped the turbine until repairs are carried out to help noise levels. The decision to halt the blades for two weeks comes in the wake of a meeting of Barnmeen Residents’ Group last week. Neighbours are concerned about the turbine’s noise and its impact on the nearby community and environment. Ballee & Harryville Community Enterprise from Ballymena, a social economy project and charity, told this paper that the turbine will . . .
A public inquiry is to start into Highland councillors’ rejection of a 13-turbine windfarm proposed for Invergarry. Energy firm RES wants to build 13 turbines on the Culachy Estate. The council’s south area planning committee rejected it at a meeting in December 2015. The hearing, before a Scottish Government appointed reporter at the Lovat Hotel in Fort Augustus, is scheduled to run for six days, drawing to a close on May 2. The turbines would be up to 490ft tall . . .
Campaigners fear the Highland landscape could be blighted with dozens of new windfarms after a radical review of council planning policy. It has emerged that iconic views at a long list of scenic locations are no longer protected from development following Scottish Government guidance. A 2006 map spelling out areas where turbines would or would not be acceptable has been radically redrawn. Vast areas of red indicating a “presumption against development” that were mapped out in 2006 have shrunk to . . .