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.
When she arrived 30 years ago, the area was untouched and as close to wilderness as you get in Ayrshire. A 19th century hill farm which once boasted 3000 acres of grazing for hardy sheep was paradise to flautist Pat Spence and her husband John. They were drawn to the wide open upland, the silence, the peace – and the fact they could get an awful lot for their money. She found one outbuilding perfect for her work as a . . .
The annual Frogmore Regatta, with its raft race, tug-of-war and beer tent, is a world away from the striped blazers and corporate hospitality of Henley. But when the locals meet on the banks of the Frogmore Creek in the spirit of friendly competition this summer, there will be further cause for cheer. After a 3½-year battle, controversial plans to erect a 112ft wind turbine on a nearby farm, within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), have been . . .
Revived plans for a controversial wind farm development near Roberton will go on show today. ABO Wind UK is resurrecting proposals rejected three years ago to put up wind turbines at Barrel Law, two miles north-west of Roberton and almost six miles west of Hawick. The plans were initially submitted five years ago to Scottish Borders Council. Councillors threw out that application by the company, a Livingston-based subsidiary of German firm ABO Wind, in 2013, and a subsequent appeal was . . .
A council is being advised to approve plans for eight wind turbines on moorland in the Borders. LE20 Ltd is behind the Howpark project near to Grantshouse. A number of objections have been received highlighting that the area was previously said to have no further capacity for turbines. A Scottish Borders Council report said the approval of other wind farms on appeal meant the “prevailing character of the landscape” had changed. It advised approval of the application with a number . . .
One man’s fight to stop a wind farm being built on his doorstep has ended in dismay as his final appeal has been rejected. John Doré vowed to block plans for six turbines near Llangurig when planning approval was granted in August 2016. The challenge has taken him to Cardiff Crown Court and the High Court in London, fighting for a statutory review of the planning permission. His application to appeal against the High Court’s decision not to allow the . . .
A long-running wind farm debate in north Norfolk is set to be dragged out further after a council announced plans to appeal against a decision made by the Planning Inspectorate. North Norfolk District Council leaders will apply to the High Court in a bid to quash a decision to allow two wind turbines to be built. The announcement was made at the council’s meeting on Wednesday, March 22. The long-running battle to prevent the turbines being built has seen a . . .
Inquiries are continuing after a man fell to his death at the Kilgallioch windfarm site near Barrhill. The 37-year-old Gamesa contractor was working on a project at the Scottish Power base on 6.45pm on Wednesday, March 15. Emergency services attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. It is understood the man fell inside a turbine tower. The site remains closed while investigations are carried out. A spokeswoman for Police Scotland, said: “At around 6.45pm on Wednesday, March . . .
Windfarm workers in the Barrhill area are being blamed for causing disruption with poor driving standards resulting in overturned vehicles. The issue has been prominent for some time and was discussed at a recent public meeting. It has become clear to villagers that it is not just the workers that are a problem but other drivers passing by. Chairman Dave Russell, of the Barrhill Community Council was minuted putting forward concerns over poor driving standards particularly, but not exclusively, by . . .
Wind farm boss says Necton residents’ homes are safe despite plans showing a substation on top of them
A windfarm boss said homes in a Norfolk village are not under threat, despite plans appearing to show that a substation could be built on top of them. The latest proposals for Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard project are outlined in a newsletter delivered to residents in the last few days. They show project development zones which have been narrowed down following consultation events in October. But residents in Necton, near Swaffham, were shocked to find some of their homes were included . . .
A worker has fallen to his death inside a 480ft Scottish Power wind turbine he was helping to build. The 37-year-old was pronounced dead at the Kilgallioch wind farm, on the border between Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire, on Wednesday. An investigation is now under way, led by Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive. A spokesman for Gamesa, the company contracted to build the wind farm by Scottish Power, said: “Gamesa is conducting a thorough investigation together . . .