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.
Powys County Council has been threatened with a legal challenge if it continues to allow site work on the Hendy Wind Farm to take place. Complaints have been made by protesters that construction firms have already started work at Hendy/Llandegley Rhos near Llandrindod Wells before the planning permission discharges had been finalised. PCC has inspected the sites and has conducted an enforcement investigation which came to nothing. Jonathan Colchester, chairman of the Brecon and Radnor Campaign for the Protection of . . . Complete story »
A new turbine is set to be put in place near Truro, three years after it was first granted planning permission. The new turbine is set to be erected on land off Ventonteague, Zelah, after planning approval was granted on Thursday, December 13. Planning permission had originally been given to Cornwall Council for a turbine to be placed at the site in 2015 but that did not go ahead due to changes in the feed-in tariff, a government subsidy for . . . Complete story »
A controversial bombshell was fired into the public arena on Tuesday evening when it was claimed that the lease granted by the Stornoway Trust to windfarm developer Lewis Wind Power (LWP) to drive forward a renewable energy project on the Island, means that the Stornoway Trust has agreed to surrender their status as crofting landlord to that company. And that management decisions concerning estate lands such as, agreement to an apportionment, enlarging a common grazing or creating a new one, . . . Complete story »
After years of struggle, objectors have finally failed in a High Court bid to block erection of a 125-metre wind turbine on a site near Beccles. Leading the fight against the turbine was local landowner, Benjamin Howell, of Crake Hall, and the owners of a local flying club. Objections ranged from concerns over aviation safety to the potential impact on archaeological remains. But judge Sir Ross Cranston has now given the green light to Stamford Renewable Power Ltd to erect . . . Complete story »
Angus Council has stepped back from a formal objection to changes for a £2 billion offshore wind farm which will see turbines rise to almost 300 metres off the county’s coast. The Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) scheme is one of three multi-billion pound turbine arrays proposed for the outer Firths of the Tay and Forth in a zone stretching from around ten miles into the North Sea. Alterations to the previously consented scheme will see the number of turbines . . . Complete story »
A councillor says approval for plans to increase the size of turbine blades at an East Riding wind farm could encourage other operators to follow suit. German company Energiekontor UK Limited secured permission to extend blade lengths at its nine-turbine site at Withernwick near Aldbrough this week. The company says the longer 43.5 metres blades will increase energy generation at the site by around seven per cent. The plans were approved by East Riding Council’s planning committee despite objections from . . . Complete story »
The developer behind the controversial Pines Burn wind farm south of Hawick has been accused of gaining permission “by the back door” after submitting an application to raise the agreed height of nearly half of its turbines. Leeds-based developer Energiekontor UK was given the go-ahead for seven 149.9m and five 130m-high turbine scheme on the Harwood Estate, near Bonchester Bridge, on appeal in August after members of Scottish Borders Council’s planning and building standards committee rejected the scheme. Now Energiekontor . . . Complete story »
Applications for wind turbines may have nose dived but that still leaves existing turbines hitting legal problems, finds Lis Stedman. The Scottish government’s keenness on renewable energy is well documented and, many would say, commendable. One inevitable result, however, has been a proliferation of wind turbines and, with them, localised spikes in complaints – for example, Aberdeen has seen a 40% drop in noise complaints year-on-year, whereas rural Aberdeenshire has seen a 170% increase. A hefty 17 of the total . . . Complete story »
February 8, 2018: Next week sees the start of the Milne’s long awaited noise nuisance case against Stuartfield Windpower Ltd in Aberdeen Sheriff Court. SAS members will be attending and posting updates on the Website, Facebook and Twitter whenever possible along with any press coverage. We wish these two very special people all the luck in the world. February 13, 2018: Aberdeen Sheriff Court – Sheriff Andrew Miller Today saw the start of the Milne’s long awaited noise nuisance case . . . Complete story »
The developers of a controversial wind farm site may have breached their planning conditions, the county council has said. An urgent meeting has been requested with the developers, Njord Energy, before Powys County Council officers decide whether to take enforcement action over the site in Radnorshire. Powys County Council officers have been visiting the Hendy Wind Farm site at Llandegley regularly since they received a complaint that unauthorised works were taking place. During a site visit on December 4, officers . . . Complete story »