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.
The annual Frogmore Regatta, with its raft race, tug-of-war and beer tent, is a world away from the striped blazers and corporate hospitality of Henley. But when the locals meet on the banks of the Frogmore Creek in the spirit of friendly competition this summer, there will be further cause for cheer. After a 3½-year battle, controversial plans to erect a 112ft wind turbine on a nearby farm, within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), have been . . .
A long-running wind farm debate in north Norfolk is set to be dragged out further after a council announced plans to appeal against a decision made by the Planning Inspectorate. North Norfolk District Council leaders will apply to the High Court in a bid to quash a decision to allow two wind turbines to be built. The announcement was made at the council’s meeting on Wednesday, March 22. The long-running battle to prevent the turbines being built has seen a . . .
Wind farm boss says Necton residents’ homes are safe despite plans showing a substation on top of them
A windfarm boss said homes in a Norfolk village are not under threat, despite plans appearing to show that a substation could be built on top of them. The latest proposals for Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard project are outlined in a newsletter delivered to residents in the last few days. They show project development zones which have been narrowed down following consultation events in October. But residents in Necton, near Swaffham, were shocked to find some of their homes were included . . .
Complaints have been made about the impact of shadow flicker and noise from wind turbines. At East Chevington Parish Council on Monday night, Coun Fred Thurgood said that the windfarms along the A1068, close to Widdrington, have been causing issues. He said: “There have been quite a lot of problems and the turbines have had to be shut down for an hour or so each day because of shadow flicker. “There has also been lots of complaints about noise and . . .
A renewable energy park could kill off tourism near Oswestry, according to business owners. Richard Connell, from the Oswestry Equestrian Centre, says the plans would be “horrific” for his business, while Miles Hunter, who runs the award-winning Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel in Rhydycroesau, says the project has not got the backing of the community. Featuring a 102-metre wind turbine, 2,500 solar panels and an energy storage facility, the major Cefn Y Maes development would be on a vast scale and sit . . .
Energy company bosses have been urged to explore alternatives to building a large booster station which campaigners say would blight the north Norfolk countryside. Danish firm Dong Energy is planning to build the Hornsea Project Three wind farm 120km off the Norfolk coast, bringing the electricity ashore near Weybourne, and linking it via underground cables to a substation south of Norwich. A series of consultation events is currently under way to refine a 200m-wide cable corridor, details of which were . . .
A plan to build a wind turbine near Norton has been refused by Doncaster Council’s planning committee. Inappropriate development in the borough’s green belt, visual impact and excess noise were some of the concerns the committee took into account when knocking back the Origin Energy project. Four parish councils in the area raised objections to the turbine near Greengate Road at Norton. Norton Parish Council, Askern Town Council, Burghwallis Parish Council and Kirk Smeaton Parish Council objected. There were 136 . . .
UK Independence Party deputy chairman Lord Dartmouth’s role in a deal over the construction of wind turbines in West Yorkshire has come under fresh scrutiny. The Valley Wind Co-operative has told the BBC it held discussions with Lord Dartmouth over the proposal in 2006. The assertion appears to contradict Lord Dartmouth’s answer in a 2014 television interview when he denied previous knowledge of plans to use land at Slaithwaite for wind turbines. Lord Dartmouth’s office did not respond to requests . . .
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 . . .