Wind Power News: England
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Two women who launched a successful social media campaign to protect a much-loved beauty spot say they feel “punched” in the stomach at the prospect of wind farms being installed. Community campaigners Lorraine Moss, Romford, and Jan Sargent, Harold Hill, launched a petition on Change.org after Havering Council included guidance for wind farm proposals in its draft local plan. The plan unveiled at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, July 19, deemed around 200 sites – including Dagnam Park – within . . .
Villagers are being warned of changes to helicopter flight paths after concerns were raised for protected wildlife sites. The application is for helicopters to fly from Great Oakley Airfield for work on the Galloper Windfarm off the coast of Suffolk for two years. But concerns from Natural England and the RSPB, siting a possibly “severe” impact on birds in the Hamford Water and Stour Estuary protected areas, have prompted changes to the proposed route. The new flightpath would see helicopters . . .
Residents who celebrated the council’s u-turn for a solar farm on a nature reserve have reacted in horror to suggestions wind farms could be installed instead. At a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, July 19, Havering Council unveiled its draft local plan which sets out its vision and framework for future development in the borough. The plan incorporated guidance for any private developers who submit proposals for wind turbines in Havering to help the council meet its ambition of reducing carbon . . .
A huge 426ft wind turbine, which could be seen as far away as Tamworth and Coventry may be installed on a farm in one of the borough’s smallest settlements. The three-bladed eco-energy tower, 130m to each tip, is proposed for land at Cottage Farm off Brascote Lane in Cadeby, near to the quarry and concrete depot. It would stand for 25 years amidst fields, which according to Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s renewable energy capacity study of December 2014, fall . . .
Windfarm protesters who successfully fought turbine proposals in north Northumberland have mothballed their group. The Middleton Burn Action Group (MBAG) has been placed in abeyance for five years until July 2022. Chris Craddock, who was the group’s chairman, said: “This has been a real David and Goliath fight and proves that our communities, no matter the size, do have a voice and can really influence local outcomes against politics, wealth and greed. “I sincerely hope we will not be needed . . .
Campaigners have had a ‘sensational victory’ after a ruling was made to overturn plans for 16 wind turbines. A public inquiry was launched last year after plans were approved by both Rochdale and Rossendale Councils to add a further 16 turbines at Scout Moor, near Edenfield. The application for 14 of the turbines was refused on Friday ‘for a period of up to 25 years’ by the secretary of state. The decision letter said: “The secretary of state considers that . . .
The government has overturned plans for what would have been England’s largest onshore wind farm. Peel Energy and United Utilities wanted to add a further 16 wind turbines at Scout Moor between Rochdale and Rossendale. Planning permission was granted in 2015 but that decision was called in by the government. Its final ruling rejected proposals for a further 14 turbines in Rossendale but approved plans for two in Rochdale. The announcement by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid follows a public inquiry . . .
The Government has overturned a huge expansion of the Scout Moor wind farm, nine months after a public inquiry. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid MP today overruled Rossendale council’s decision to approve a further 14 wind turbines in Rossendale – part of plans to take the whole site to 42 turbines. However, he said he was ‘minded to approve’ two additional turbines in Rochdale with a maximum height of 115 metres, subject to conditions. . . .
People in Reepham are concerned the laying of cables for new offshore wind farms could cause irreversible damage to an archaeological site close to the town. The cable corridor for Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard and Boreas projects is planned to run close to the remains of St Mary’s Chapel in Kerdiston, which was discovered in 2014 by local archaeologists. Evidence of a bell tower at the site indicates that it was a church of some importance and likely had a graveyard. . . .
Norfolk’s landowners, farmers and local community leaders have spoken about their concerns over the forthcoming construction of three huge offshore wind farms. The wind farms, by Danish firm Dong Energy and Swedish firm Vattenfall, are sited offshore. However, the onshore underground cable installations, electricity relay stations and substations will affect numerous landowners and farmers along two substantial corridors of land. The projects will see turbines built between 28 miles and 46 miles off the coast at Great Yarmouth. The proposed . . .