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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.


September 14, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial wind farm extension is halted…for now

Objectors who have battled a ‘noisy’ wind farm for 20 years have convinced councillors to temporarily halt plans to let it stay another decade. Barrow Borough Council planners voted to defer an application by Cannock Wind Energy Limited to extend the life of the Askam and Ireleth wind farm. Councillors want more independent evidence about the noise it makes. The turbines have been branded the ‘worst in the country’ for complaints. Marton resident Gillian Haythornthwaite told councillors it accounted for . . . Complete story »


September 13, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Noisy’ wind farm extension paused after Barrow residents object

Residents claiming a nearby wind farm has been noisy for 20 years have convinced councillors to pause plans to keep it open for another decade. They said noise from the Askam and Ireleth wind farm, near Barrow, Cumbria, was “unbearable”. A decision on an application to extend its life has been deferred while Barrow Council seeks independent evidence. Operator Cannock Wind Farm Services said the farm had never been found to cause a statutory noise nuisance. Managing director Mike Tracey . . . Complete story »


September 13, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Furious farmers lose battle over plans for increased helicopter flights

Furious farmers fed-up with helicopters have failed to win a planning battle against Walney’s off-shore windfarm. Orsted’s plan to increase return flights from six to 10 between May and September was unanimously agreed by Barrow council’s planning committee. Father-and-son farmers Geoff and Steven Sharpe strongly objected. The Sharpes, who farm at Ormsgill and Oaklea Farm, Roanhead, both complained that the flights, from Sandscale Park, are harming their health and livestock. Mr Sharpe senior said no helicopters should fly over his . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans to extend life of ‘noisy’ wind farm goes before authority

Objectors who have battled a ‘noisy’ wind farm for 20 years have convinced councillors to temporarily halt plans to let it stay another decade. Barrow Borough Council planners voted to defer an application by Cannock Wind Energy Limited to extend the life of the Askam and Ireleth wind farm. Councillors want more independent evidence about the noise it makes. Marton resident Gillian Haythornthwaite told councillors it accounted for 152 of 206 complaints. She blamed the site topography, changes in wind . . . Complete story »


September 10, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

“Noisy” Furness windfarm set for 10-year extension despite scores of complaints

A “noisy” wind farm in Furness could be given the green light to continue operating for another decade despite being at the centre of scores of complaints. The operators of the Askam and Ireleth wind farm want to keep it running until August 2029 after its 20-year-old permission expired this summer. John Woodcock, the independent MP for Barrow and Furness, has written to Barrow Borough Council urging the application be refused, and said that there is “compelling evidence” to suggest . . . Complete story »


September 10, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Wind farm company’s choppers are scaring my horses’

Walney’s off-shore wind farm operators wants to increase its flights from its Barrow helipad – despite residents’ objections that they are scaring the horses. Renewable energy company Orsted has applied for permission to increase the return flights from its Sandscale Park helipad from six to up to 10 during May and September. Residents, two of which farm close by, have raised three objections. One said: “The helicopter regularly flies extremely low over my property which causes distress to my horses . . . Complete story »


September 3, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Villagers complain their noisy neighbours are making life ‘unbearable’

Fed-up residents living in the shadows of a windfarm said ‘they don’t want to sit outside’ as their noisy neighbours are ‘a real problem’. Villagers have enlisted the help of Furness MP John Woodcock in a bid to convince planners to reject an application to extend the life of Far Old Park windfarm in Askam until 2029. The windfarm was commissioned in 1999 and planning permission was granted for 20 years. However, residents have monitored the site and claim to . . . Complete story »


August 30, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Kirkby Moor wind farm ruling could have national implications, meeting hears

A decision to allow the Kirkby Moor wind farm to remain in place for eight more years has set a ‘national precedent,’ a meeting heard. In July, planning inspector Phillip Ware upheld an appeal by the operators of the 1993 development to keep it going until 2027. That ruling overturned an earlier decision by South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee to reject the bid. Wind energy companies could now use the decision to keep turbines in place longer than originally . . . Complete story »


August 30, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Kirkby Moor wind farm ruling ‘sets interesting precedent’

A decision to extend the life of a wind farm has set a “national precedent”, councillors have been told. South Lakeland District Council refused permission to keep the Kirkby Moor wind farm in Cumbria running until 2027. A government planning inspector upheld an appeal by operators Ventient Energy. Council planning officer Michael Hoar said it was “the first appeal that has related to the retention of such a farm” and the decision set an “interesting precedent”. Wind energy companies could . . . Complete story »


August 16, 2019 • England, U.K., WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Lightning strike and a wind farm fault triggered blackout

A lightning strike on a power line caused a massive blackout which caused travel chaos and affected more than one million people. A report commissioned by energy regulator Ofgem by the National Grid looked into why large parts of the country were plunged into darkness last Friday. An early investigation has shown that a lightening strike near the Little Barford gas fired power plant in Bedfordshire triggered a shut down shortly before 5pm last Friday. Moments later the Hornsea One . . . Complete story »


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