Government plans to increase subsidies for offshore wind power in favour of onshore wind farms have been welcomed by renewables experts. Sam Pick from the Renewables Network says up until now, the strike price hasn't been high enough to attract the investment needed.
The Government’s Planning Inspector has approved a planning application for eight 115m wind turbines and a substation at Carlton Grange, near Louth.
The application is known as the ‘Gayton Wind Farm application’. The District Council’s Planning Committee refused the application in June 2012 but it was approved by the Inspector following an inquiry.
“We strongly feel that the Inspector has made the wrong decision. Along with the community, the Council put forward what we felt was a robust argument for this not to be approved. The basis of the argument was the impact these 115m turbines are likely to have on the local area, affecting the quality of life for local people and landscape. We are already looking closely at the appeal outcome and considering what options are available to us.”
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New plans have been unveiled for two wind turbines on the site of an iconic Lincolnshire airbase. The controversial scheme is proposed for the former RAF Binbrook in the heart of the picturesque Wolds and has sparked opposition from local residents.
Caledonia Wind Power wants to put up two 25 metre structures which would generate enough power for more than 600 homes. The former RAF base is now an industrial estate close to Brookenby village.
A 25ft turbine in East Yorkshire has been rejected by East Riding Council.
The turbine, planned for Bempton, was opposed by 150 local residents, under the banner "Enough is Enough".
A planning committee has unanimously rejected an application to build a 147 foot wind turbine in the Yorkshire Wolds. Many local residents had objected to the proposed development.
An MP is claiming Ministry of Defence objections to wind turbines in East Yorks are "jeopardising the viability of businesses".
MP for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart is seeking clarification from the MoD on its objections to the development of some small-scale wind turbines.
"There are a number of small to medium sized enterprises who want to put up a small turbine to meet their own energy needs but these developments are being blocked by the Ministry of Defence due to the possibility of interference to their new radar system at RAF Staxton Wold.
This unexpected delay is jeopardising the viability of businesses in my constituency and we must act quickly to find a solution. It costs a lot of money to develop a small scale wind turbine to a stage where it can be submitted for planning and a number of businesses are understandably annoyed that they are being blocked so far down the line when their original consultations with the MoD raised no concerns with the developments.
While I accept that military radars are a critical component in protecting UK airspace and in providing a safe Air Traffic Control service, I will be speaking personally to the Minister, Mark Francois MP, to highlight my concerns about the impact the MoD objections are having on my constituents and their ability to do business, save money, and use renewable energy. I will be urging him to ensure that his officials do everything they can to work with developers to ensure that acceptable mitigation measures can be identified.
A row has broken out over proposals to build a 70 metre tall wind turbine in the tiny village of Rudston near Driffield. Campaigners say it will ruin the ancient landscape surrounding it, which has remained untouched for centuries.
Two wind turbines which cost Kirklees council over one hundred thousand pounds, have had to be taken down because they cost 3 times as much to run, than the money they are generating.
They were placed on top of Huddersfield's Civic Centre to raise awareness of renewable energy, but now they lay dormant as Adam Flower reports.
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