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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

March 20, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Decision on world’s biggest wind farm off Norfolk coast hit by coronavirus

A decision on whether to build the world’s biggest wind farm off the east Norfolk coast has been hit by coronavirus. Swedish energy firm Vattenfall wants to build a wind farm called Boreas 70km out to sea. It would come ashore at Happisburgh and has sparked opposition because a cable trench, 60km long would need to be dug across Norfolk from Happisburgh to Necton to connect it to the National Grid. At Necton new substations would be built, causing further . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘I would fight on’: Anger as council ends turbines legal battle

A council has ended its legal battle against plans to build two controversial wind turbines near the north Norfolk coast. The proposals for the turbines between Sheringham and Holt were given the go-ahead last month by the Planning Inspectorate after years of battles between developers, residents and North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), which tried to have them stopped. But the council said it would no longer continue its legal battle against the plans, which will see a 66m turbine built . . . Complete story »

March 10, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Massive offshore wind farms with turbines the size of the Eiffel Tower planned off Cornwall

A major £150 million project to install floating offshire windfarms off the coast of Cornwall could become a reality within the next five years. Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been leading on the plans for floating offshore wind turbines to be installed off the Cornish coast and another plan off the Welsh coast. There are plans to have some floating offshore turbines plugged into the Wave Hub off Hayle and power up to 23,000 homes. . . . Complete story »

March 6, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms: Celebrities oppose ‘destructive’ plans

A host of celebrities have backed a campaign against pylons, cables and substations on a “tremendous protected landscape”. Comedian Griff Rhys Jones was among those who wrote to The Times protesting at plans for infrastructure linked to wind farms off the East Anglian coast. One signatory said he had “never known the Suffolk coast to be under such pressure”. Energy firms behind the project said “green power” was urgently needed. Rhys Jones is one of 19 people with homes in . . . Complete story »

March 5, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘It will desecrate the landscape’ – celebrities speak out against offshore wind farm effects

More than a dozen celebrities are calling for action to prevent energy firms being allowed to “desecrate East Anglian landscapes in the name of clean energy.”. Three wind farms with enough energy to power more than four million homes are planned off the East Anglian coast. They will be the biggest offshore wind farms in the world and will need two trenches up to 60 kilometres long to be carved through Norfolk’s countryside. But the actor and comedian Griff Rhys . . . Complete story »

March 5, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Flying wind turbine parts stop game

A damaged wind turbine halted a football game at the weekend. The County League game between Aspatria and Cockermouth was called off because of fears for the players’ safety. The two sets of players were getting ready for kick off when two covers from the wind turbine at the ground were blown across the pitch. The game had been moved to Netherhall Community Sports Centre all-weather pitch in Maryport, because the teams’ own pitches were waterlogged. Referee Graham Young said: . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Massive wind turbine on coast stops working

The Gulliver wind turbine at Lowestoft’s Ness Point has stopped working – with engineers saying they are doing all they can to get it turning again. Stormy weather from Storm Ciara, which has brought winds of up to 70mph to the Suffolk coast, would have provided an ideal opportunity to harness the energy benefits of the 125m landmark. The three-blade turbine at Ness Point, which was the largest onshore turbine in the UK when it was built 16 years ago, . . . Complete story »

February 11, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Two wind turbines get go-ahead near North Norfolk coast

Two controversial wind turbines near the north Norfolk coast have been given the go ahead after years of battles between developers, residents and the local council. The Planning Inspectorate has approved the turbines between Sheringham and Holt after North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) tried to have them stopped. The decision means a 66m turbine can be built at Pond Farm, Bodham and a 78m turbine can go ahead at Selbrigg Farm in Hempstead. The planned sites are around 3km away . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Row over proposed wind turbine policy for Northumberland

Opponents have called for the ‘flawed’ and ‘unsound’ policy on wind turbines in the Northumberland Local Plan to be scrapped. Gregory Jones QC, representing the Northumberland and Newcastle Society, said it ‘should be struck out’, during a hearing as part of the independent examination of the key document. Kevin Tipple, a senior planning officer at Northumberland County Council, conceded there was some work to do, but added: “We do feel the approach is sound.” However, Mr Jones said that ‘make . . . Complete story »

February 6, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Councils at odds over wind turbine

Two separate councils have been at loggerheads over a new wind turbine development in Wennington. The project was part of a private barn conversion several miles from the village. The purpose of the singular wind turbine is to provide electricity for the development, which will be the home of the applicant – one Steve Johnson. Wennington Parish Council brought a legal challenge against Lancaster City Council on the grounds that the latter had not observed due process in granting permission . . . Complete story »

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