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.
A wind turbine has been dismantled after a planning inspector dismissed an enforcement appeal. In February 2014 planning permission was refused for a 5kW wind turbine at Lask Edge Farm, Lask Edge, near Leek. However, the decision was successfully appealed against and the wind turbine was erected. But the appeal decision was challenged on several grounds. The Secretary of State conceded on the ground that the Inspector failed to give adequate reasons for a conclusion that harm to the Green . . .
Community leaders in Longtown are frustrated about the lack of communication on how huge wind turbine blades will be transported through the town. They expressed their concerns about REG Windpower’s plans to bring the components and 46m-long blades through the centre of the town to the site a Hallburn, on the outskirts. Construction is anticipated to start in the spring with the delivery of the six turbines planned for September. The blades alone will be delivered in 18 loads. Due . . .
A ‘decommissioning bond should be in place to restore Scout Moor Wind Farm to pre-wind farm conditions’, says the Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Forum (RMNF). The Scout Moor Wind Farm was erected in 2008 by Peel Energy. There are 26 turbines, with another 16 planned, which generate 65MW of electricity, and a further 16 turbines have been proposed in an expansion. Currently there is no requirement for onshore wind farm developers to put such a bond in place, meaning there is . . .
Three turbines were recently erected at Dunsland Cross, Brandis Corner and local residents have not met them with open arms, writes Zoë Uglow. The original application, for three wind turbines of heights ranging between 95m to 100m to the tip, was made by ‘Bolsterstone Innovative Energy (Holsworthy) Ltd’. Planning permission was also sought for the associated infrastructure, which includes an access track, one switchgear and control building with transformers and grid connection infrastructure, underground cabling, turbine foundations, crane hardstandings, one . . .
Planning permission is being sought for a wind turbine built in the wrong place. The 77-metre-high turbine at Blagdon Cross near Holsworthy was built closer to the A388 than agreed by Torridge District Council – and is now within ‘topple distance’ of the road. The turbine at Nethercott Farm is 60m from the centre of the road, some 56m short of the minimum distance advised by the Highways Agency. It is one of three granted planning consent in July 2014. . . .
A West Devon glamping camp owner today failed in a final attempt to stop a wind turbine development in countryside near her home. Julia Martin has long objected to the plans for a single turbine at Beckwell Farm, near Lifton, between Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. The case has been looked at by planners, councillors, a planning inspector and, in 2015, a High Court judge. And today, it reached as far as the Court of Appeal, where her barrister, top QC . . .
The Environment Agency is to undertake an investigation to determine whether Crook Hill wind farm contributed to the floods in our area on Boxing Day 2015. Why only Crook Hill? Wind farms surround our area. I’m no expert, but suspect the hundreds of thousands of tons of concrete and other alien material (used for the turbine bases and miles of service roads) which is now embedded in our upland moors is simply not as good as peat at handling water. . . .
The plug has been pulled on plans to build a 126-metre wind turbine the height of 29 double-deck buses. UTC Aerospace Systems held a public consultation in October last year about building it at the firm’s site in Stafford Road, Wolverhampton, to save cash and reduce its carbon footprint. But residents turned out in force to voice their opposition to the turbine, which would have been taller than the UK’s highest cathedral spire and would have dwarfed the city’s highest . . .
An investigation will be held to determine whether a wind farm contributed to floods on Boxing Day in 2015. Environment Agency bosses say that they are gathering information following concerns raised by Rossendale MP Jake Berry over the new Crook Hill wind farm, near Whitworth. A spokesperson said: “At this early stage of the investigation we are unable to comment whether the wind farm caused flooding – we are gathering all of the relevant information and will share our findings . . .
North of the border there have been claims that wind farms kill more birds of prey than illegal poisoning or shooting. Given North Yorkshire’s reputation as a hot spot for raptor persecution, just what is the impact of wind farms on protected birds of prey in our county? I first became aware of claims about the number of raptor deaths caused by wind farms when I spotted a social media post with a link to a national newspaper article. Keen . . .