[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Blueprint to protect Staffordshire’s rural landscapes gets green light  

Credit:  Written by Robin Scott | Staffordshire Newsletter | 19 October 2012 | www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk ~~

Council chiefs have green lit plans to limit the location of wind farms to areas that would not damage Staffordshire’s rural landscape.

County councillor Mark Winnington, cabinet member for environment and assets, told a cabinet meeting wind farm applications should be refused unless they were able to demonstrate actual benefits to residents living close by.

“Staffordshire has some outstanding landscapes and architectural landmarks which cannot be compromised by large scale wind energy developments,” said councillor Winnington.

“We understand the need for renewable energy sources and that wind turbines contribute to lowering carbon emissions,” he said. “However they need to be in the right locations and have proper assessments and checks carried out during the planning process.”

He said it was also important wind farms were not located in areas where they would impact negatively on the economy, particularly the expanding tourist industry.

“The local economy and improving people’s quality of life are top priorities for the county council and we don’t want to see them negatively impacted upon as a result of wind turbine developments,” he said. “Staffordshire is a predominantly rural county and we do not want to see the industrialisation of areas through such developments.”

Additionally the council agreed, any large scale wind energy development – defined as a single turbine taller than 50m, two or more turbines taller than 30m, 10 or more turbines regardless of height and any development exporting power to the national grid at 33 kilovolts – should be located at least 2km from any residential area.

Source:  Written by Robin Scott | Staffordshire Newsletter | 19 October 2012 | www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.