Wind Power News: England
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A plea to think of future generations and continue to invest in renewable energy was made at a meeting of Ulverston Town Council. On Monday councillors were split over a proposal to extend the lifespan of the Kirkby Moor wind turbines. Permission for the windfarm to operate expires in 2018 which has prompted an application to run them for another 10 years. Ulverston Town Council, which is an advisory body to South Lakeland District Council, in planning matters had a . . .
Company wanting to build 190 homes in Cornish town slammed for its High Court challenge after permission rejected
Writing to Juliet Davenport, the CEO of Good Energy Group plc, which owns the Delabole wind farm, Mr Mann said: “The proposed wind farm was opposed by a number of parish and town councils during the original planning process and it also received widespread opposition from local residents. “I would like to register my dismay on behalf of local communities that Good Energy is pursuing this proposal through the High Court, even though it has received a high level of objection from local people and official rejection by planning officials. “This proposal has also been rejected by the communities and local government secretary himself. I therefore find it astonishing and alarming that Good Energy is ignoring this – particularly the will of local people – and is pursuing the matter in the High Court.”
Speaking before the CBC planning committee last Wednesday, Heath and Reach parish Councillor Paul Green said: “The residents feel really let down by this application as there have been complaints ever since the original turbine was imposed upon them.” His views were backed up by Cllr Budge Wells, who referred to turbines as “predatory robots” blighting the countryside.
Up to 11 years of building work could be needed to bring wind farm cables ashore in Norfolk – sparking a call for businesses to be compensated. DONG Energy is consulting over an offshore wind farm nearly 80 miles off the Norfolk coast, making landfall at Weybourne. As part of the Hornsea Project Three development, nearly 35 miles of underground cables would be buried beneath the countryside, with a new substation – the size of 15 football pitches – near . . .
Plans for a second wind turbine at Heath and Reach have been narrowly approved by Central Bedfordshire Council. At Wednesday’s development control committee, committee members voted six in favour with four against and one abstention. This new turbine will be located at Checkley Wood Farm just outside of the village. There were 250 individual letters of support from local residents including 41 from Heath and Reach. There were 171 individual letter against and a petition from Stop Checkley Wood Turbine . . .
An appeal has been launched in a bid to gain planning permission for a wind turbine in North Lincolnshire. North Lincolnshire Council refused permission for the turbine and associated infrastructure, earmarked for land off Horkstow Road in Horkstow, in December last year. But the applicant, Bruce Rowles, of LFC Horkstow Ltd, has now taken the case to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate with the aim of getting the council’s decision overturned. If successful, the turbine would have a maximum height of . . .
They produce enough electricity for tens of thousands of homes, but have also been a major source of controversy. But a new report has revealed that this year there have been no fresh planning applications for onshore wind turbines in the East Riding – the county with the highest density of turbines in Yorkshire and the Humber. There are now 263 turbines operating and approved, with the largest number – 71 – in the Goole and Humberhead levels, with a . . .
The world’s biggest offshore wind farm has been given the go-ahead off the East Yorkshire coast. Dong Energy was awarded a contract for Hornsea Project Two in a government auction for low-carbon subsidies. At 1,386 megawatts, it will outstrip Dong’s Hornsea Project One, under construction as the world’s biggest offshore wind farm. Triton Knoll near Lincolnshire and Moray East near Scotland also secured government subsidies in the auction. Hornsea Project Two is due to be complete by 2022 and could . . .
Norfolk farmers have voiced concerns over the potential loss of productive arable land, environmental damage and years of uncertainty generated by a massive offshore wind project. Swedish energy company Vattenfall wants to build the Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas wind farms 47km off the Norfolk coast – a “nationally significant infrastructure project” which the firm claims will eventually have the combined capacity to power almost half of the East of England. The firm plans to bring electricity from the proposed . . .
Controversial plans to extend the life of 12 wind turbines have been met with opposition. Permission for the windfarm at Kirkby Moor is set to expire in 2018, but an application has been lodged with South Lakeland District Council to extend that. Plans to replace the existing turbines with six larger ones were rejected in 2015. The proposal would see the wind turbines remain until March 2027. Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society, said: “We fought the . . .