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.
A public consultation for a huge wind farm has been dubbed “cosmetic” by a community group – but the energy firm behind it insists it went beyond what was required. Danish firm Orsted plans to build the biggest offshore wind farm in the world 120km off the north Norfolk coast at the same time as two other wind farms called Vanguard and Boreas, planned by energy company Vattenfall, are also being constructed. But digging a 55km long cable corridor for . . . Complete story »
Energy firm reveals final cable route for huge wind farm in Norfolk – and cuts construction time to eight years
The time it will take to dig a huge cable trench across Norfolk for an offshore wind farm has been slashed. The energy firm behind what will be the biggest offshore wind farm in the world if built said today it had changed some its plans after feedback. Digging a 55km long cable corridor for the Hornsea Three wind farm, from Weybourne in north Norfolk to south of Norwich, has sparked widespread concerns about the impact on the rural landscape, . . . Complete story »
Plans for a controversial 150ft high wind turbine for a village near Melton have finally been passed – six years after they were first submitted and around four years after it was built. Sajid Javed, Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government last week reversed the decision of two of his predecessors by allowing the 46m (150ft) turbine on farmland off Klondyke Lane, Thorpe Satchville. It was refused by Melton Borough Council in 2012, citing damage . . . Complete story »
Campaigners who have fought for six years against plans to build a 46-metre tall wind turbine near Melton are facing defeat after the structure was approved by the Secretary of State. Melton Council refused planning permission on the grounds that it would spoil the landscape when the scheme, proposed on land at Thorpe Satchville, was originally submitted in 2012. A series of appeals and High Court hearings followed before Communities secretary Sajid Javid finally gave it the go ahead this . . . Complete story »
North Norfolk District Council is challenging the Planning Inspectorate on its decision not to hold a public inquiry in the process of re-considering joint planning appeals for wind turbines at Bodham and Selbrigg. In May 2017, the district council successfully challenged a previous inspector’s decision to allow the two turbine appeals following a seven day joint Public Inquiry in late 2016. The district council said the decision of the Inspectorate to carry out appeals using written representations would deny the . . . Complete story »
A wind turbine with a blade tip height of 58 metres sited close to designated areas of sensitive ecology for wildfowl in Lincolnshire was rejected by an inspector. The farmland appeal site lay just over 2km from an estuary designated a special area for conservation, a special protection area and RAMSAR site of international importance as a habitat for waterbirds and pink-footed geese. Natural England disputed the appellant’s assessment of the risk of birds colliding with the turbine being limited . . . Complete story »
We have successfully prosecuted a wind turbine operator for noise pollution, following ongoing complaints from those living close to a turbine located at Cote Farm, Hade Edge. The investigation has been long and complex We have tried to work with the turbine operator, Windvest Limited and its director Dean Staveley of Thurstonland, to resolve the situation without resorting to formal action. However, even after some repair work had been carried out on the turbine the noise pollution continued. Our officers . . . Complete story »
A community energy group is considering its next move after appeal court judges rejected its scheme for an 87m-high wind turbine beside the Severn Estuary. Forest planners had given permission for the turbine at Severndale Farm in Tidenham before it was overturned by the High Court last year, after around 100 local people pledged £15,000 to a Crowd Justice campaign to fight the plan. Now the Court of Appeal has confirmed that the Forest council’s ruling, which took into account . . . Complete story »
Why didn’t the Lake District National Park Authority object to the plans to extend the Kirkby Moor wind farm?
The planning application to extend the life of Kirkby Moor wind farm was refused by South Lakeland District Council on December 5. That refusal concurred with the refusal of all 13 consultee parish councils, local district and county councillors and an overwhelming objection by local individual residents of the area. As well as that democratic and individual representation, every Lake District agency bar one, committed to the Lakes’ preservation, enhancement and visitor success (Cumbria Tourism, Friends of the Lake District, . . . Complete story »
A wind turbine operator has been fined tens of thousands of pounds after one of its wind turbines made too much noise. Magistrates imposed a total of £51,000 in fines after Kirklees Council prosecuted the operator for noise pollution following ongoing complaints from those living close to the turbine at Cote Farm, Hade Edge. They took court action against the turbine operator, Windvest Limited, and its director Dean Staveley of Thurstonland. The judge found the company and its director guilty . . . Complete story »