Wind Power News: Victories
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A multi-million pound windfarm development has been halted in its tracks by Law Lords after people living nearby complained the work was polluting the water supplies to their homes. Scotland’s top civil court has rejected an appeal by England-based developer Community Windpower to push ahead with a 15-turbine development on Sneddon Law, East Ayrshire, after it was blocked by council planning officials. In what is thought to be a first for Scotland, the local authority ordered the company to stop . . .
RUSHVILLE – The Rush County Board of Zoning Appeals found itself again this week saying no to the developer of a projected wind farm project in the area. The board, during a public hearing Tuesday night, unanimously denied the application by West Fork Wind LLC., also known as NextEra Energy Resources, for a special exception and variance regarding an electrical transmission line for the proposed West Fork Wind Energy Center project in Fayette, Rush and Henry counties. The company’s petition for . . .
A wind farm plan near Davagh Forest has been rejected by councillors, who in the same week, took a major step closer to realising a major new ‘dark sky observatory’ in the forest. Permission was refused for the five 126.5 metre structures at Beltonanean at last week’s Planning Committee of Mid Ulster District Council. A joint venture between Dublin based Island Renewable Energy and Canadian firm Brookfield, which has its Irish base in Cork, the plan would have involved the . . .
Italian courts have overturned planning consent for a proposed 137MW wind farm off the Italian island of Sicily due to archaeological concerns. Sicily’s regional administrative court this month voided a construction permit awarded to developer Mediterranean Wind Offshore by Italy’s Infrastructure and Transport Ministry in 2013. The decision follows a four-year legal battle by environmental, archaeological and cultural societies. The court also ruled building the 38-turbine project in the Gulf of Gela would violate Unesco rules regarding the protection of . . .
The government has intervened to finally reject plans for a new proposed wind farm near Louth. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid stepped in to stop the proposals for seven wind turbines to the west of Louth Canal, which had been rejected by councillors and appealed by the developers. The plans, which would have seen seven 115m tall wind turbines built near Fulstow, were submitted to East Lindsey District Council by EnergieKontor UK. After the original application was rejected, the company appealed . . .
A bid to build a 12-turbine wind farm near Bonchester Bridge was rejected by councillors this week. Leeds-based EnergieKontor’s application to create the Pines Burn wind farm on the Harwood Estate, unveiled last year, was recommended by Scottish Borders Council officers for approval at Monday’s planning and building standards committee meeting. However, the plans were thrown out, mainly because of their feared adverse effect on the landscape, properties and historic sites. The controversial development, sparking 60 letters of objection and . . .
Plans for a wind farm near the site of an ancient hill fort in the Scottish Borders have been unanimously rejected by councillors. Historic Environment Scotland had noted the impact on Penchrise Pen but said it did not consider it of enough “national significance” to object. Scottish Borders Council had been advised to approve the 12 turbines near Hawick by its planning officials. However, they refused them due to the adverse scenic effect. They also had concerns about the impact . . .
Long-running plans for a wind farm between Fulstow and North Thoresby appear to be dead in the water after an appeal was dismissed by the Secretary of State last week. The plans would have seen seven wind turbines – each up to 115 metres tall from ground to blade tip – built on land to the west of Louth Canal, north of Fulstow, and south of Fen Lane in North Thoresby. The plans were first submitted by Energiekontor UK in . . .
A plan to build a massive 223 turbine wind farm near Penshurst has been abandoned. The project proponent, RES Australia, said it had decided not to proceed with the project “following a comprehensive review of the proposed site”. “Since 2008, RES has a invested significant amount of effort, time and money in the Penshurst project and supported various local community events and groups over a number of years,” a RES spokesperson said. “After a detailed review of the site, we . . .
A fresh bid to build windfarm beside Louth Canal has been dismissed by the Secretary of State. Energiekontor UK originally applied to East Lindsey District Council for planning permission to place the seven turbines beside the canal in January 2016. But the plan was refused by East Lindsey District Council and an appeal to overturn the decision was made to the Secretary of State. That appeal has now been dismissed. East Lindsey District Council announced the news on it’s facebook . . .