Wind Power News: England
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.
Residents from two North Yorkshire districts have united to battle a plan which could lead to a wind farm dominating the skyline for miles around their homes. Householders in an area between Catterick and Northallerton, said while RWE Npower Renewables Ltd, one of Europe’s largest renewable energy generating firms, stands to make a fortune at the site, the value of their properties will plummet. The firm which runs wind farms at Tow Law, County Durham and Knabs Ridge, near Harrogate, . . .
Defence chiefs could fight plans for a major wind farm in the Hampshire countryside over fears of radar interference. Developer EDF Energy Renewables plans to build 14, 126-metre masts on farmland at Bullington Cross, north of Winchester. But wind turbines, whose spinning blades are about the same size as a passenger jet wing, disrupt radar systems. Radar operators find it hard to distinguish between low-flying aircraft and wind turbines, causing confusion for civil and military air traffic controllers. Bullington Cross . . .
A Nether Kellet man has called on city councillors to ban wind turbines from being built close to people’s homes. Phil Storer, who lives on Back Lane in the village, said he had been concerned by four recent applications for turbines nearby. They include plans for two turbines at Lane Ends Farm, 190m from Mr Storer’s front door. A turbine is already up and running at Lawson’s Farm, one has permission at Back Lane Quarry and another is planned at . . .
Plans to build a 253ft wind turbine just outside Workington have been refused by Allerdale council’s development panel. John Bowe wanted to erect the turbine at Hunday Farm, Winscales, but councillors unanimously refused the application. The agreed with the officer’s recommendation that insufficient evidence had been submitted to show that the proposed turbine would not affect air safety. National Air Traffic Services said the turbine could affect its radar equipment at Prestwick Centre air traffic control in Scotland. Workington Town . . .
Peel Energy is hoping to overturn Melton Council’s decision to refuse permission for nine turbines up to 125m high on land between Asfordby and Ab Kettleby. Over the past week the inquiry has heard evidence from Peel and Melton Council and their advocates and expert witnesses on the subjects of heritage assets and landscape and visual impact. Peel is arguing that those stated reasons for turning its application down were insufficient grounds for refusal, pointing out that councillors had also . . .
A prominent Cockermouth farmer is pursuing his plan for a 260ft wind turbine on his land because of a commitment to renewable energy. Leigh Stamper, who owns Wellington Farm, applied to Allerdale council last year for permission to erect the turbine at Harrot Hill. It was rejected because Allerdale council said there was insufficient evidence about its visual impact. Mr Stamper has now appealed to the Government over that decision. He said he was committed to green energy and would . . .
Worried residents turned out in force last night (Wednesday, May 15) to voice their fierce opposition to the Asfordby windfarm at a public session as part of the inquiry. About 80 residents attended the session, with 12 individual speakers giving their reasons why they’re strongly opposed to the proposed windfarm. No-one spoke up in favour of Peel Energy’s proposal for nine turbines up to 125m in height on the former Asfordby mine site. Residents who gave their objections were from . . .
Campaigners fighting plans for a wind farm on a prominent site on the Yorkshire Wolds yesterday spoke of their delight after the plans were rejected and said they were determined to oppose any possible appeal by the developer. RWE Npower Renewables wanted permission to build 10 turbines, 126 metres high to the blade tip, on land at Ling Hall Farm, West Heslerton, near Malton, but members of Ryedale District Council’s planning committee threw the proposals out after the authority received . . .
A long-running dispute which pitched Perth firm SSE and windfarm partner RWE npower renewables at loggerheads with an American FORTUNE 500 contractor has been resolved. The wrangle saw the energy providers’ joint venture company Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Ltd caught up in a long-running stand-off with Fluor of Texas over the quality of turbine construction at the windfarm off the Suffolk coast. GGOWL had complained about the standard of build relating to 52 upper and 35 lower foundations at the . . .
Thorpe Salvin Parish Council has written to object to any future proposals to build a wind turbine in the village. They have commissioned a planning consultant who has written a report assessing the potential impact a turbine would have on the area. It comes after renewable energy company Livos Energy Ltd submitted a screening opinion to Rotherham Council relating to the siting of a wind turbine. The submission is a scoping exercise to assess the viability and environmental impact of . . .