Wind Power News: U.K.
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.
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 . . .
A renewed bid is being made to build a wind farm on a site previously rejected amid fears it would interfere with RAF radar systems. Scottish Borders Council turned down the plan for eight turbines at Barrel Law near Roberton in 2013. The Ministry of Defence had objected due to possible interference with radar at RAF Spadeadam and seismic monitoring at Eskdalemuir. A fresh application – for seven turbines – has now been lodged. The previous application by ABO Wind . . .
Romans who once bridged the Clyde have helped rural Clydesdale residents in their battle against a wind farm. Councillors have turned down plans for a wind farm at Little Gill, Abington, partly because it would affect the setting of a Roman fortlet at the foot of Wandel Hill, close to where its builders once controlled the crossing of the River Clyde. Detailed plans, by Priestgill Wind Farm, with Muirhall Energy as agent, attracted 70 letters of objection and 83 in . . .
An appeal has been lodged with the Wales Planning Inspectorate against a decision made by Powys Planning Committee to decline permission for a seven turbine windfarm near Llandegley. In April this year, the proposed Hendy Wind Farm development with 110 metre tall turbines on Llandegley Rhos beside the Llandegley Rocks, was almost unanimously turned down by Powys planning committee, 11 to one. The original planning application (code: P/2014/0672) was refused at the Powys County Council Planning Committee meeting on Thursday, . . .
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 . . .
An energy giant’s bid to pile more windmills into scenic South Ayrshire has been blown off course. Villagers in Dailly have scored a victory in their attempts to protect the village from another onslaught. Power firm SSE were refused plans for a 22-turbine windfarm at Hadyard Hill. Council planner John Esslemont said the 413-foot masts would unleash “wide visual impacts” if given the green light. The hills already house 52 turbines, erected in 2006, and power firms are keen to . . .
Highland councillors are being steered by their officials to “raise no objection” to a Caithness wind farm – despite a 500-plus signature petition against the scheme. That number objected to the latest Caithness proposal by Eon for the Golticlay site near Lybster. Members of the north planning committee will be consulted on Tuesday as part of a process that will ultimately be decided by Scottish Government ministers due to the scale of the scheme. “Up to 19” turbines, each up . . .
The reprimand follows a series of court cases in which those opposing controversial developments have been faced with massive legal costs. Last year John Muir Trust, which protects wild land, had to give up on appealing against a 67-turbine wind farm at Stronelairg near Fort Augustus to avoid legal bills of up to £500,000.