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 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 »
A council has been advised not to object to proposals to expand a wind farm in the Galloway hills. The scheme would see 20 turbines added to the current 66 already in operation at Windy Standard north of Carsphairn. The Scottish government will make the final decision but Dumfries and Galloway Council is being consulted on the scheme. Planning officials have concluded the impact of the development would not be sufficient to oppose it. A report to councillors noted “significant . . . Complete story »
The Welsh Government has granted planning permission for FIM Service’s seven-turbine Pant y Maen onshore wind farm in North Wales. Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths overturned the refusal of the around 17.5MW scheme by Denbighshire County Council. The project slated to feature turbines with 102-metre tip heights was refused in September 2015 despite recommendation by council planning officers. FIM appealed against the decision which was later called in by Welsh ministers under devolved planning rules. . . . Complete story »
Hundreds of crofters are fighting an attempt by the energy giants EDF and Wood Group to build a windfarm on the island of Lewis. More than 200 crofters have objected to proposals to build on communal land close to Stornoway, the biggest town in the Outer Hebrides. The crofters want to build their own development, with the profits going to the local community. The row started because under Scottish law crofters have rights over the land even though the multinationals . . . Complete story »
The number of complaints received for wind farm noise is significantly higher in Omagh and Fermanagh District than any other council area. According to latest statistics from DAERA, there was a total of 13 noise complaints made as a result of wind turbines (individual) in the Omagh and Fermanagh area. This was significantly higher than the five complaints made in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, five in Mid-Ulster and five in the Newry, Mourne and Down district. Overall, Belfast district was . . . Complete story »
Communities across the north and north-east could be missing out on millions of pounds because windfarm developers are trying to “wriggle out” of their commitments, it was claimed yesterday. Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse pledged to investigate the concerns after they were raised by Moray MSP Richard Lochhead in Holyrood yesterday. Mr Lochhead told parliament that he was aware of many windfarm developments which do not pay the recommended £5,000 per megawatt threshold that is recommended by the Scottish Government. He . . . 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 »
Scottish Ministers have refused planning permission for a windfarm just north of New Cumnock. The application for six turbines on land at Garleffan had previously been knocked back by East Ayrshire Council in 2016. Following an appeal by the developers, Peel Windfarms, the matter was referred to the Scottish Government who have made their ruling. In the report by Lorna McCallum, an explanation is given on how and why the proposal was refused, referring to what economic benefits the windfarm . . . 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 north-east surfing club is preparing to fight windfarm developers over fears the project could destroy the “jewel in the crown” of their sport. Moray Firth Surf Riders yesterday said they were concerned about the possibility offshore cables for a massive development could land at Sandend beach. The Moray East Offshore Windfarm would deploy 90 turbines off the coast, which could provide power for 900,000 homes. It includes onshore infrastructure which will be funnelled through the Blackhillock substation, near Keith. . . . Complete story »