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May 9, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Planning refused for new wind farm in the Sperrins

The Mid Ulster District Council has said its decision to refuse planning permission for a wind farm in the Sperrins while approving a second near Fivemiletown, demonstrates its ‘balanced’ approach to such projects. The decision to refuse eight wind turbines next to Davagh Forest came during the same meeting on Tuesday night which approved seven turbines on Murley Mountain near Fivemiletown. The proposal, centred around The Stanley Bell and Sons Ltd Quarry between Lissan and Broughderg, attracted a huge public . . . Complete story »

May 8, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

47-turbine Kildare wind farm turned down again by An Bord Pleanála

Controversial plans for a 47 turbine wind farm in Kildare have been refused by An Bord Pleanála. The planning file had been re-opened with An Bord Pleanála after last September’s High Court’s decision to quash the planning board’s decision to refuse it. In October 2016, the planning authority gave it’s verdict on Element Power’s Maighne Wind Farm, which would have provided for 47 turbines up the west side of Kildare and one over the Meath border. The turbines would have . . . Complete story »

May 8, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Stagg welcomes further rejection of Kildare “monstrous wind farm proposal”

Kildare North Labour General Election Candidate Emmet Stagg has welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanala to reject the “monstrous Maighne Wind Farm proposal which sought to provide 47 Wind Turbines up to 169 metres in height in five clusters in North West Kildare. The decision stated Mr. Stagg is the second time An Bord Pleanala have rejected the proposal as the original decision to refuse planning permission was quashed by the High Court last September when the High Court . . . Complete story »

May 4, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Cookstown wind farm plan refused

Mid Ulster District Council’s Planning Committee has turned down a controversial plan for the construction of eight wind turbines near Cookstown. There were more than 1,500 objections to the application for the erection of the 126m high turbines and associated works on a site just off Ballynagilly Road, Lissan. The council said the proposed development, partly located in the Sperrins Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, was “refused on the grounds of its unacceptable impact on neighbouring residents, on the visual . . . Complete story »

May 3, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Supreme Court won’t hear Fairbank wind turbine appeal; residents win

FAIRBANK – The Iowa Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a wind energy company previously told to remove three turbines near Fairbank. The order handed down Tuesday is another victory for the surrounding property owners and the city, which sued the company and Fayette County claiming the turbines just east of city limits violated county zoning laws. It leaves in place District Court Judge John Bauercamper’s ruling that Mason Wind and Optimum Renewables must take down the three . . . Complete story »

May 1, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Two wind farms in the Highlands rejected by Scottish ministers

Two wind turbine developments in the Highlands have been rejected by Scottish ministers in a move approved by the John Muir Trust charity. A public local inquiry (PLI) was conducted into the proposed 20-turbine development at Caplich in Sutherland, raising concerns of significant harm to two wild land areas as well as compromising the natural environment, amenity and heritage resources of the areas. A separate PLI was conducted on the proposed 13-turbine development at Culachy, Fort Augustus, with the results . . . Complete story »

May 1, 2018 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Pembrokeshire wind farm blocked after concerns it would spoil view of disused church

Plans for a giant wind farm in Pembrokeshire have been blocked after officials said it would spoil the view of a disused church. The recommended site for the wind farm was in the deserted village of Rhoscrowther in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which is home to St Decumanus’ Church. Charity group Friends of Friendless Churches said the proposed 100-metre high turbines would take away from the “spirituality and tranquility” of the building, even though it has not been used for . . . Complete story »

April 30, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Dunoon wind farm plans ditched

Canadian company Brookfield Renewable, which has been working on the development of a wind farm above Dunoon’s West bay, has decided to ditch the idea. The plan was to build a wind farm of ten or more large turbines on Forestry Commission Scotland land at Bachan Burn – a site close to two previously rejected by the Scottish Government. In a letter to MSP Michael Russell a spokesperson for the company wrote: “Over the past 12 months we have examined . . . Complete story »

April 26, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Expansion plans of controversial Moray wind farm dropped

Developers have abandoned plans to extend a controversial wind farm in Moray. EDF Energy put forward proposals to increase the size of 35 turbines planned for the Dorenell wind farm development on the Glenfiddich Estate, near Dufftown. Work has been carried out to prepare the site and access roads but the first parts of the wind powering machines are not expected to arrive until next month. More than 600 objections were lodged against the original plans which involved 59 turbines . . . Complete story »

April 24, 2018 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Rhoscrowther windfarm permission denied for third time

Plans to build wind turbines near Valero Refinery have been turned down for the third time, following a public inquiry late last year. Rhoscrowther Windfarm Ltd (RWL) applied to construct five 100 metre high turbines on land owned by former Hundleton county councillor John Allen-Mirehouse. Planning inspector Kay Sheffield concluded that the development would have “a significant and adverse visual effect on the character and appearance of the landscape of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.” Her recommendation for refusal has . . . Complete story »

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