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June 14, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Court finds board, turbine companies in contempt

Fayette county zoning officials who allowed four wind turbine companies to illegally erect and operate three turbines outside of Fairbank have been found in contempt of court, along with the wind turbine companies. The Fayette County Zoning Board of Adjustment and Zoning Administrator Catherine Miller did not follow the court’s order requiring the companies to tear down the turbines, nor did the companies take action to follow the order, Judge John Bauercamper concluded in a June 11 ruling. 
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June 7, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Council rejects plan for new wind turbines

The Derry City and Strabane District Council area is over capacity for wind farms and carrying an unfair burden compared to other council areas, says Sinn Fein councillor Dan Kelly. He was speaking as the council’s planning committee voted to overturn a recommendation by council officers to agree an expansion to Monnaboy Wind Farm just outside Greysteel in Co Londonderry. The application was for two new turbines, adding to four existing turbines which were installed in 2009 – before local . . . Complete story »

May 29, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Dismissal of plans for Big Field Wind Farm ‘will be a huge sigh of relief’ for local people, says MP

The Conservative MP Scott Mann said he is ‘delighted’ the High Court has dismissed proposals to build a wind farm near Week St Mary. The MP for North Cornwall said Good Energy’s appeal with the High Court was ‘dismissed by judges’ on May 25. Good Energy first submitted plans for 11 wind turbines, also known as the ‘Big Field Wind Farm’, at Creddacott Farm to Cornwall Council in 2014. The plans were refused by the local authority with the developer . . . Complete story »

May 28, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

£30m wind farm plan ditched because judge doesn’t believe developer’s promise to reduce energy bills

Controversial plans for a wind farm near a picturesque north Cornish village have been scotched by a High Court judge. Good Energy Generation Limited said its offer to cut local residents’ electricity bills by at least 20% had been wrongly ignored by planners. The company wanted to erect 11 giant turbines on land at Credacott Farm near Week St Mary and had also offered to put cash into a community investment scheme. Cornwall Council had refused planning permission for the . . . Complete story »

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 »

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