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.
Energy consultants have started a survey in the Ruisaurie area near Beauly, setting alarm bells ringing among anti wind farm campaigners who previously fiercely opposed a scheme that would have spanned three estates. Multimillionaire owners of the Farley Estate at Ruisaurie, Steven and Vanessa Walduck, were part of a project with partners on the neighbouring Erchless and Breakachy estates. They declined to comment on the revelation that Atmos Consulting, which has had commissions from numerous wind farm companies, had been . . . Complete story »
Farmer’s land which is due to be dug up for offshore windfarm cables has previously carried a “radioactive risk” following a plane crash 22 years ago, secret documents reveal today. Vattenfall, the firm behind proposals for the massive windfarm off the east Norfolk coast, has been criticised after it emerged it did not even know about the crash on land near Necton – and that it plans to carry on with the dig regardless. The company has allayed the fears . . . Complete story »
Commercial wind farm developers Forsa Energy pitched their controversial plans for the 14-turbine Druim Leathann Windfarm to villagers at a packed North Tolsta Community Hall on Tuesday night. Alasdair Macleod, Forsa’s Director of Renewables Generation, was the main speaker at the event, which had been organised by the local community council to discuss the plans for the wind farm that will come within a 2km buffer zone of houses – some as close as 1km. Many of the arguments during . . . Complete story »
Planners have shot down a bid to erect five large wind turbines on the outskirts of Coleraine. North Power Croaghan Ltd has been attempting to build the wind farm in Macosquin since 2011. However, officials at Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council rejected the latest bid. The decision, due to go before councillors on August 22, was revealed in a report released ahead of next week’s planning committee meeting. The company behind the proposal had originally applied to build five . . . Complete story »
Following a long battle with the local community, a Moray Firth wind farm development today submitted its plans to come onshore to local authorities. Admitting that the local community “clearly influenced” the decision, the projects development manager for Moray (West) Offshore Wind Farm said today that the developments onshore transmission plans could also net 150 new jobs for the local area. Last month, the tiny Sandend community celebrated after winning a David vs Goliath battle against the major wind farm . . . Complete story »
A Norfolk council will appeal a decision not to hold a public inquiry into controversial plans for two wind turbines. Last week it was announced that the High Court had overturned an appeal by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) into the Bodham and Selbrigg turbines. The court ruled that the next stage of the planning process would involve written representations rather than a public inquiry. The council wants to give the public the chance to make their point directly to . . . Complete story »
Hartlepool renewable energy company Seneca Global Energy is proposing to develop three turbines up to 99 metres high. That would make them three metres (around nine feet) taller than Big Ben. Seaton residents and campaigners who have fought against previous applications due to the visual and other potential impacts on residents are objecting to the new proposals. The intended locations are two turbines on land to the west of Brenda Road near Tata Steel, and one on the northern side . . . Complete story »
Vast swathes of Northumberland could be designated as suitable for wind turbine development through the county council’s new local plan. However the areas, which include parts of the North Tyne, Rede and Allen Valleys, as well as land in Hexhamshire, Prudhoe and Stocksfield, would only be a starting point and any planning applications would have to meet a number of other requirements set out in the draft policy. Plus, there are only limited areas – most of which are already . . . Complete story »
Opposing views have been expressed after it emerged that there would be no new public inquiry into controversial plans for two wind turbines in north Norfolk. As reported, an inspector at the High Court decided it could be dealt with by written representations. The turbines would be about a mile apart at Bodham and Selbrigg. North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) ward member Georgie Perry-Warnes said: “I support the applications and consider the legal challenges mounted by the council are not . . . Complete story »
Vast swathes of Northumberland could be designated as suitable for wind turbine development through the county council’s new Local Plan. However, these areas would only be a starting point and any planning applications would have to meet a number of other requirements set out in the draft policy. Plus, there are only limited areas – most of which are already windfarms – where what are described as large turbines, those over 40 metres, would be acceptable. Nonetheless, campaigners have criticised . . . Complete story »