Wind Power News: U.K.
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Speaking before the CBC planning committee last Wednesday, Heath and Reach parish Councillor Paul Green said: “The residents feel really let down by this application as there have been complaints ever since the original turbine was imposed upon them.” His views were backed up by Cllr Budge Wells, who referred to turbines as “predatory robots” blighting the countryside.
The Scottish government has approved 18 turbines in southern Scotland despite fears over their impact on the landscape around Loch Doon. E.On has been given consent – with conditions – for the development near Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway. Dumfries and Galloway Council, East Ayrshire Council and Scottish Natural Heritage all voiced concern about the effect on the nearby loch. The Scottish government said steps had been taken to mitigate the impact. The turbines of the Benbrack project will be . . .
Wind farm developers are hoping a fresh bid for a site near Ashkirk will fly beneath the radar this time. An initial application for Barrel Law was turned down by Scottish Borders Council due to fears the eight turbines would interfere with RAF detection systems. The Ministry of Defence’s objection on grounds of possible interference with radar at RAF Spadeadam and seismic monitoring at Eskdalemuir was upheld by planners. An appeal by ABO Wind UK was later turned down by . . .
A seminar on ‘Wind Turbine Noise’ is taking place at the Radisson Blu in Argyle Street, Glasgow on Friday September 22 at 7pm. World renowned researcher and doctor Professor Mariana Alves-Pereira is the main speaker and academics from Australia and other countries will be attending. The wind industry is also sending delegates. As appeared in last week’s ‘News’. the North Ayrshire planning committee opposed SSE’s two year extension for Hunterston’s turbine facility, due to it being ‘contrary to planning policy’ . . .
Up to 11 years of building work could be needed to bring wind farm cables ashore in Norfolk – sparking a call for businesses to be compensated. DONG Energy is consulting over an offshore wind farm nearly 80 miles off the Norfolk coast, making landfall at Weybourne. As part of the Hornsea Project Three development, nearly 35 miles of underground cables would be buried beneath the countryside, with a new substation – the size of 15 football pitches – near . . .
Plans for a second wind turbine at Heath and Reach have been narrowly approved by Central Bedfordshire Council. At Wednesday’s development control committee, committee members voted six in favour with four against and one abstention. This new turbine will be located at Checkley Wood Farm just outside of the village. There were 250 individual letters of support from local residents including 41 from Heath and Reach. There were 171 individual letter against and a petition from Stop Checkley Wood Turbine . . .
An appeal has been launched in a bid to gain planning permission for a wind turbine in North Lincolnshire. North Lincolnshire Council refused permission for the turbine and associated infrastructure, earmarked for land off Horkstow Road in Horkstow, in December last year. But the applicant, Bruce Rowles, of LFC Horkstow Ltd, has now taken the case to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate with the aim of getting the council’s decision overturned. If successful, the turbine would have a maximum height of . . .
A renewed bid is being made to build a wind farm on a site previously rejected amid fears it would interfere with RAF radar systems. Scottish Borders Council turned down the plan for eight turbines at Barrel Law near Roberton in 2013. The Ministry of Defence had objected due to possible interference with radar at RAF Spadeadam and seismic monitoring at Eskdalemuir. A fresh application – for seven turbines – has now been lodged. The previous application by ABO Wind . . .
Romans who once bridged the Clyde have helped rural Clydesdale residents in their battle against a wind farm. Councillors have turned down plans for a wind farm at Little Gill, Abington, partly because it would affect the setting of a Roman fortlet at the foot of Wandel Hill, close to where its builders once controlled the crossing of the River Clyde. Detailed plans, by Priestgill Wind Farm, with Muirhall Energy as agent, attracted 70 letters of objection and 83 in . . .
An appeal has been lodged with the Wales Planning Inspectorate against a decision made by Powys Planning Committee to decline permission for a seven turbine windfarm near Llandegley. In April this year, the proposed Hendy Wind Farm development with 110 metre tall turbines on Llandegley Rhos beside the Llandegley Rocks, was almost unanimously turned down by Powys planning committee, 11 to one. The original planning application (code: P/2014/0672) was refused at the Powys County Council Planning Committee meeting on Thursday, . . .