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.
Mountaineering Scotland has criticised the approval of 14 turbines in the Tweedsmuir hills claiming it ignores the impact on tourism in the area. Scottish Borders Council renewed its opposition to the Whitelaw Brae scheme last year. However, the 2020 Renewables project has now been given the go ahead by the Scottish government. Mountaineering Scotland opposed it due to the impact on hill walkers and other “lovers of Scotland’s natural beauty”. Chief executive David Gibson said: “We’re disappointed, but not surprised, . . . Complete story »
Another windfarm is set to get the green light in the Glenkens. If councillors give Windy Rig the go-ahead today it would become the 23rd site in a 20-mile radius, either operating or in the planning stage, and hike the total number of turbines to 465. Planners are recommending approval for Element Power Northern Europe Developments’ scaled down proposals for Windy Rig, in the hills some eight kilometres north-east of Carsphairn. But legal agreements would have to be signed and . . . Complete story »
A wind farm has been given the go-ahead near Turnberry despite being blown out by the council. Eight turbines are to be erected after the Scottish Government approved the plan overruling South Ayrshire Council’s original rejection. Tycoon Eric Trump hit out against the proposal in 2015 as it was feared they would be seen by golfers at his luxury Turnberry resort. Next week the application at Kirk Hill from Coriolis Energy will be back in front of South Ayrshire councillors . . . Complete story »
Planners in Cumbria have ruled a windfarm near the boundary of the Lake District national park must be dismantled when its current consent runs out. Zephyr Investments applied to extend the life of the Kirkby Moor operation to March 2027, but South Lakeland District Council turned down the application. Conservation groups welcomed the decision, and pointed out the original permission was granted by the Westminster Government, which overruled a planning inspector when consent was granted in 1992. The existing windfarm . . . Complete story »
A rejection of the plan to extend the life span of the wind farm on Kirkby Moor has been hailed as a triumph for local democracy. On Tuesday (5) members of the South Lakeland District Council planning committee turned down a request to keep the turbines turning until 2027. In a packed out Coronation Hall in Ulverston, the vote to refuse was carried by six votes to five. More than 20 residents and local councillors spoke out against the plan, . . . Complete story »
Friends of the Lake District welcome the decision by South Lakeland District Council Planning Committee to refuse the application by Zephyr Investments to retain the turbines on Kirby Moor, on the Furness peninsula, Cumbria, until 31st March 2027. While recognising the importance of renewable energy development in providing clean energy sources, membership charity Friends of the Lake District believes that these turbines have served their purpose and are now at the end of their working life. Throughout their 25 years . . . Complete story »
A lengthy debate has seen a proposal to keep the Kirkby Moor Wind Farm in operation for another 10 years rejected by members of the South Lakeland District Council planning committee. For more than two hours statements were made by local residents, parish councillors and county councillors on why they felt the extension plan should be refused. Energy company Innogy had applied to keep the site in operation until March 2027. James Airey, Cumbria County Councillor for Ulverston West, said: . . . Complete story »
Future of windfarm extension hangs in the balance; Communities across south Cumbria have voiced opposition to the plan
A decision will be made tomorrow on whether the life of the much-maligned Kirkby Moor windfarm should be extended a further 10 years. Local campaigners have long called for the removal of the turbines which dot the moor. They say an experiment started 25 years ago has run its course and that promises made to residents should be kept. Rebecca Thomas, 46, of Netherhouses, near Ulverston, has spoken out on behalf of locals who after more than two decades, hope . . . Complete story »
The Green Party has called for an investigation into how planners gave the green light for construction of a wind turbine close to an ancient monument near Rathfriland. Acting chair for the South Down Green Party, Emma Cairns, said questions need to be answered about how the 150ft high turbine could have been raised at Knock Iveagh Cairn without any input from the department’s Historic Environment Division (HED). “Questions need to be answered as why such a major development was . . . Complete story »
Residents turned out in force at a council meeting to express their concerns about the potential onshore impact of a huge wind farm in north Norfolk. Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind farm development would be situated about 47km north-east of Winterton, and would generate enough electricity to supply about 1.3m homes and meet two per cent of the UK’s annual energy demand. Thirteen people spoke against the plans at a meeting of North Norfolk District Council’s Cabinet, as part of . . . Complete story »