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.
A community energy group is considering its next move after appeal court judges rejected its scheme for an 87m-high wind turbine beside the Severn Estuary. Forest planners had given permission for the turbine at Severndale Farm in Tidenham before it was overturned by the High Court last year, after around 100 local people pledged £15,000 to a Crowd Justice campaign to fight the plan. Now the Court of Appeal has confirmed that the Forest council’s ruling, which took into account . . . Complete story »
Why didn’t the Lake District National Park Authority object to the plans to extend the Kirkby Moor wind farm?
The planning application to extend the life of Kirkby Moor wind farm was refused by South Lakeland District Council on December 5. That refusal concurred with the refusal of all 13 consultee parish councils, local district and county councillors and an overwhelming objection by local individual residents of the area. As well as that democratic and individual representation, every Lake District agency bar one, committed to the Lakes’ preservation, enhancement and visitor success (Cumbria Tourism, Friends of the Lake District, . . . Complete story »
Plans for a major wind farm straddling the boundary between the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway have been unveiled. Community Windpower wants to construct 49 turbines in its Faw Side project. The company said it would bring an investment of about £256m into the community and wider area. However, concerns have been raised about the cumulative landscape impact and the effect on radar at RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria. The proposed wind farm would be located about six miles (10km) . . . Complete story »
The company behind the next phase of a major north-east windfarm have said their proposals have been given an “overwhelmingly positive response.” Plans to expand the Moray East Offshore Windfarm westward were unveiled in 2016, which would involve building 90 turbines. Yesterday, the public got the chance to have their say. During the consultation at the Station Hotel in Portsoy, locals could view the blueprints for the development and the on-shore infrastructure, which is proposed to be funneled through the . . . Complete story »
Early plans have been submitted to build a windfarm in Caithness which has been criticised for its potential to increase consumers’ electricity bills. E-on has proposed the Camster II windfarm which would have 14 turbines, standing up to 415ft tall, to be built about 4.4 miles south-west of Wick and generate up to 48.3 megawatts (MW). Plans are in their scoping stages. But Caithness-based industry watcher Stuart Young pointed out that nearly £473,000 was paid to E-on between March and . . . Complete story »
A wind turbine operator has been fined tens of thousands of pounds after one of its wind turbines made too much noise. Magistrates imposed a total of £51,000 in fines after Kirklees Council prosecuted the operator for noise pollution following ongoing complaints from those living close to the turbine at Cote Farm, Hade Edge. They took court action against the turbine operator, Windvest Limited, and its director Dean Staveley of Thurstonland. The judge found the company and its director guilty . . . Complete story »
When Steve Hall looks out over the fields around his garden in Swardeston he can see trees, hedgerows and pylons. But a new electrical substation, the equivalent height of a five-storey building could loom over his garden if plans for a new offshore wind farm go ahead. It has stopped him from selling his detached family house, but he has been told he will not get a penny in compensation. Hundreds of other people in the county, living on two . . . Complete story »
Peel Energy has been refused permission on appeal for the 21.6MW Garleffan wind farm in East Ayrshire, Scotland. Scottish government officials agreed with an original local authority ruling in 2016 that the project near New Cumnock would have unacceptable visual and landscape impacts. “I consider that the proposed turbines have not been sited and designed to minimise visual impact,” said the government reporter. Peel had argued that other nearby wind farms, including Hare Hill, would make the project acceptable in . . . Complete story »
The operator of Scatsta Airport says it will object to initial plans for a wind farm of up to 63 turbines in the north of Yell due to concerns over the effect the proposed development could have on aircraft operations. Serco believes the 200MW wind farm could, in its current design, have a “significant impact” on the approach to and climb out from the North Mainland airport, with potential for communication problems with planes and helicopters. It is also concerned . . . Complete story »
The Hunterston Wind Turbine facility will operate for at least another two years. Operators SSE had its appeal for the two year extension Hunterston upheld by a reporter at the Scottish Government Reporter Mike Croft, appointed by Scottish Ministers, allowed the appeal for the continuation of up to three wind turbines. Concerns were raised by Fairlie Community Council in relation to local residents’ health including headaches, dizziness and disorientation, nausea, lack of concentration and sleeplessness. In his report Mike Croft . . . Complete story »