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Old April 13th, 2015, 11:15 AM   #121
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Wind turbine bid for 20,000 solar panels park site

By Jenny Barwise

Last updated at 08:13, Monday, 13 April 2015

Plans have been revealed for a wind turbine – the height of three double decker buses – to be built on land already earmarked for a massive solar park.

An application for a scheme which would see almost 20,000 solar panels on land at Moor House Farm in Winscales, Workington, is due to go before Allerdale planners in the near future.

And fresh plans have now been unveiled which would see a 45m high (147ft) wind turbine built on the same land.

People living near to the targeted land have been sent out information leaflets this week from the company behind the scheme – Mosscliff Environment, which is based at the University of Exeter.

Campaign group Friends of Rural Cumbria’s Environment (FORCE) is against the latest scheme.

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Belford wind farm: Developer EnergieKontor will not be appealing refusal decision

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Belford wind farm: Developer EnergieKontor will not be appealing refusal decision
15:30, 17 April 2015 By Brian Daniel


Chris and Georgina Leyland from the Middleton Burn Action Group explain about the proposed site to Fiona and Simon Gaskin-Colligan in Belford market place

Residents at a Northumberland village are celebrating after a wind farm developer revealed it would not be appealing.

People at Belford have been told EnergieKontor UK (EK) will not be challenging Northumberland County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for nine turbines at Belford Burn. The action group which fought the scheme has called the news “a major and historic victory for the democratic principle and the local community.”

The developer had hoped to put up 100m high turbines. However, the county council’s planning and environment committee voted unanimously to refuse last October, as recommended by officers. The developer had six months from the decision to lodge an appeal, with that period expiring last week. And in an email to the council and the Middleton Burn Action Group (MBAG), project manager Michael Briggs said: “I can confirm that we have decided to not appeal this planning refusal within the statutory six month window.”

Reacting, action group vice chairman Kerry Noble said: “This is a major and historic victory for the democratic principle and the local community who have repeatedly returned a 98%+ objection throughout the planning process. MBAG would like to thank everyone concerned for their generosity in time and donations to bring about this tremendous outcome in saving our beautiful area from further turbine blight. We must not, however, become complacent. EK have a further six months to submit a revised application although we deem this unlikely.

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County Durham families object to plans for wind farm near to Woodland Village

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08:30, 30 April 2015 By Katie Davies


Phil Dyke development director at Banks Renewables

Plans to erect a wind farm near to a County Durham village have been met with opposition.

Leaders from Durham County Council will met next week to discuss proposals to install four wind turbines on agricultural land between Woodland Village and the edge of Hamsterley Forest, in Teesdale, County Durham. Community groups and people living close to the site are objecting to the plans by Banks Renewables.

The group plans to erect four 125m wind turbines on the site which they say will create about 30 jobs and benefit the area’s businesses, thanks to a community fund which would be worth about £70,000 every year. But residents submitted more than 200 letters of objection when original plans were put in for five turbines in 2011. Concerns included noise, safety issues, traffic and ecology. Similar issues were also put forward in 122 further letters following the latest submission.

However a planning document due to be put before the council next week said 211 letters of support had also been received for the proposed development, from businesses that supply or would supply services to the applicant or to the wind industry. Officicers have recommended refusing the plans. The report, due before the council, read: “The proposed development would have significant effects on the character of the local landscape and on the special character of an Area of High Landscape Value conflicting with Teesdale Local Plan Policy.” It went on to say that the proposals would have “significant effects on the special character and qualities of the North Pennines.”

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, said: “We have had substantial amounts of support for the Windy Bank wind farm from residents, community groups and local employers who appreciate the positive impact that it would have on the area in terms of employment, investment and improvements to the facilities available for local people to enjoy for decades to come, and all alongside the home-grown, clean, green energy it would generate.

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Future of County Durham wind farm to be decided this week



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A CONTROVERSIAL plan to erect four 125 metre high wind turbines near a County Durham village will be decided at a council planning meeting this week.

The £16m development has been met with fierce objections from action group HUGAG (Hamsterley Upper Gaunless Action Group) which argues the turbines would have an adverse affect on local residents, wildlife and landscape.

It has also attracted opposition from 26 parish councils in the area, together with Natural England, North Pennines AONB, the RSPB, Durham Wildlife Trust and a number of other wildlife organisations.

An initial planning application for the land next to Hamsterley Forrest, sought permission for five 115m high turbines, however this was scaled down in response to public feedback last summer.

The company behind the plans, Banks Renewables, say the scheme would bring around 30 jobs to the area during construction and give local firms the opportunity to tender for contracts worth up to £3.5m.

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Future of County Durham wind farm to be decided this week



First published Sunday 3 May 2015 in News
Last updated 18:25 Sunday 3 May 2015

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to erect four 125 metre high wind turbines near a County Durham village will be decided at a council planning meeting this week.

The £16m development has been met with fierce objections from action group HUGAG (Hamsterley Upper Gaunless Action Group) which argues the turbines would have an adverse affect on local residents, wildlife and landscape.

It has also attracted opposition from 26 parish councils in the area, together with Natural England, North Pennines AONB, the RSPB, Durham Wildlife Trust and a number of other wildlife organisations.

An initial planning application for the land next to Hamsterley Forrest, sought permission for five 115m high turbines, however this was scaled down in response to public feedback last summer.

The company behind the plans, Banks Renewables, say the scheme would bring around 30 jobs to the area during construction and give local firms the opportunity to tender for contracts worth up to £3.5m.

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Plans refused for £16m wind farm
06 May 2015

Plans for a controversial £16m wind farm in Durham which could have created about 30 jobs and secured a further 160 have been refused.

The Windy Bank farm development had been backed by the likes of the NECC, CBI and Federation of Small Businesses but a backlash from locals and the "significant effects" it would have on the landscape hampered the proposal.

Banks Renewables submitted plans to Durham County Council for the erection of four wind turbines, a control building, substation and other ancillary buildings on the 728 acre site, which lies south of Windy Bank Road. The proposal stated that although the application site comprises 728 acres, just three acres would have been disturbed.

The North East arms of the CBI and The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) had both written to Durham County Council to express support for the proposed Windy Bank wind farm. The site owners also highlighted the positive impact it would have on the community in terms of generating both clean energy and new funds for investment, as well as creating jobs. The North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) urged councillors to "look favourably" upon proposals to develop a wind farm in Teesdale after praising the positive economic and employment impact it could have on the region.

However, more than 20 parish councils in the area objected to the scheme, citing reasons including the adverse effects it would have on the landscape, the risk of it encouraging further wind farms to be built in the area and the lack of any local economic benefit, among other reasons.

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Northumberland campaigners 'cautiously' welcome new energy secretary's windfarm pledge

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Northumberland campaigners 'cautiously' welcome new energy secretary's windfarm pledge
14:45, 18 May 2015 By Kate Proctor


Amber Rudd arriving in Downing Street the day Prime Minister David Cameron announces his new Cabinet

Windfarm campaign groups could veto new developments after the Government pledged a change in planning law.

Giving her first interview since becoming new Conservative energy secretary, Amber Rudd said she wants to put the “local community back in charge” and ban subsidies being paid out to new onshore turbine operators.

Yet anti-windfarm campaigners in Northumberland, which is subject to several plans, are “cautiously optimistic” over her pledge made in the Sunday Times, and want new consultation promises to be truely meaningful as residents views have so far been “completely ignored”. Nine turbines each over 400 feet tall are currently planned at a site at Ditchburn near Eglingham.

Miss Rudd, who takes over from ousted Lib Dem Ed Davey, said legislation will be included in the Queen’s speech later this month. Current planning rules will also be overhauled and Miss Rudd she’d pressured her team to make it a priority. She said: “It will mean no more onshore wind farm subsidies and no more onshore windfarms without local community support. “Local planning authorities combined with no new subsidies will be put local people in charge... there will be a much more accountable democratic process.”

The detail of how the new-look local community consultation model is yet to be clarified, as residents are already able to write in and have their letters of objections or support noted and the parish council are also able to have a say - although their views do not bind the local authority. The new rules are expected to include a greater weighting towards the views of the community when it comes to a local authority planning committee making its final decision.

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Northumberland residents oppose Ditchburn wind farm plan at exhibition

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Northumberland residents oppose Ditchburn wind farm plan at exhibition
08:30, 4 June 2015 By Brian Daniel


Existing wind turbines near Eglingham in North Northumberland

Residents have shown overwhelming opposition to proposals for yet more massive wind turbines close to their homes.

An action group set up to fight a scheme for nine generators close to “England’s biggest onshore wind farm” in Northumberland carried out an exit poll at an exhibition of the plans. More than 50 people took part and one hundred percent indicated opposition to the project.

Developer PNE Wind is working on a scheme for turbines on Ditchburn Farm, north of Eglingham, near Alnwick. The site is alongside 28 operational 125m generators - the 18 turbine RWE Innogy Middlemoor project and 10 generators of Blue Energy at Wandylaw. The company says the scheme would generate enough electricity to power more than 17,000 homes, would provide a community benefit fund of £5,000 per installed megawatt and that there would be contract opportunities for local businesses during construction.

Locals formed the Ditchburn Action Group to fight the proposals, with members believing their area has suffered enough from the perceived blight of turbines, and that the generators will impact on historic sites, the landscape and on property values. Group member John Waters, who lives at Eglingham, explained: “There is no doubt almost 100 percent of the whole parish, not just Eglingham, are opposed to the scheme.We already have 18 turbines up on Middlemoor and Wandylaw. To our knowledge that is the biggest onshore wind farm development in England".

The company is this week holding a three day public exhibition of its plans in the area. At the first day at Eglingham Village Hall on Monday, over 50 people filled in an exit poll conducted by the action group. One hundred percent of respondents indicated they were opposed to the scheme.

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Work continues on £350m wind farm

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Work continues on £350m wind farm
17th June 2015



Exploratory work is to begin on the largest consented offshore wind testing facility in the UK.

EDF Energy Renewables will be carrying out site investigations off the north east coast within the area of its planned Blyth Offshore Wind Demonstration Project during June.

The £350m project – for up to 15 wind turbines – was originally taken through the planning process by the National Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC), now the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, and was granted approval in October 2013 with the turbines up and running by 2017. EDF ER took over responsibility for the project last year, purchasing the site for an undisclosed sum. And two key areas of survey work are now planned; geophysical, by EGS (International) Ltd, which looks at the sea bed, and geotechnical, by GEO (Denmark), which will drill boreholes into the seabed to understand rock formation.

Two specialist vessels, the Blue Beta and the Morven, will carry out the surveys at the proposed site for the turbines and the route the wind farm’s electricity cable will take to shore. The site surveying and subsurface sampling are expected to be complete by the end of June.

Mark Lawson, Blyth offshore windfarm project manager, said: “These surveys will help us to characterise the site to provide all the required information to inform our engineering design and construction plans for the project. The surveys are being undertaken ahead of a final investment decision on building the wind farm, which is expected later this year.” Local fishermen and mariners have been given notices on the work and EDF Energy Renewables has also agreed, with the Marine Management Organisations (MMO) and Natural England, to carry out local environmental monitoring during the surveys. Measures include the use of a fully-trained observer, who will monitor the presence of marine mammals such as dolphins and seals, during the survey work.

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Delight for North East anti-windfarm campaigners as onshore wind subsidy is slashed

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Delight for North East anti-windfarm campaigners as onshore wind subsidy is slashed
19:07, 18 June 2015 By Rachel Wearmouth



Northumberland wind farm campaigners have reacted with delight at news the Government plans to slash a key onshore subsidy - but others fear the move may push up energy bills.

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has unveiled plans to end a subsidies scheme for new wind onshore wind farms a year early. It comes after numerous schemes in rural Northumberland were given planning permission over the last Parliament, despite campaigns against them from villagers.

Environmental campaigners have criticised the Conservatives for attacking the cheapest form of clean energy, while saying they want to cut carbon. They claim the policy will push up energy bills, as support will go to more expensive forms of low-carbon energy to meet targets to tackle climate change.

Industry figures, meanwhile, say thousands of jobs and millions of pounds of investment across the UK will be left hanging in the balance. Industry body RenewableUK chief executive Maria McCaffery said the decision sent a “chilling signal” to all investors right across the UK’s infrastructure sectors, and would inevitably mean fuel bills go up. It means this Government is quite prepared to pull the rug from under the feet of investors even when this country desperately needs to clean up the way we generate electricity at the lowest possible cost - which is onshore wind,” she said.

The North East Chamber of Commerce agreed the announcement had been quick. Rachel Anderson, NECC head of policy and representation, said: “Such a dramatic change is not unexpected due to announcements made at the launch of the Conservative manifesto, although we are concerned at the speed of the implementation of this policy. We welcome the continuing commitment to off-shore wind development and would hope that any changes will not affect companies engage in the renewables sector in the region.”

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I don't have a strong reaction to wind turbines either way, but there are parts of Northumberland which wouldn't be enhanced by loads of new turbines.
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Wind farm projects in North East cancelled after Government subsidy removal

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Wind farm projects in North East cancelled after Government subsidy removal
06:30, 2 July 2015 By Peter McCusker



Energy Secretary Amber Rudd says the Government’s decision to axe subsidies for onshore wind will lead to the cancellation of hundreds of projects. Peter McCusker reports.

Proposals for at least six new wind farms in the North East look set to be scrapped with objectors in Sedgefield having the most to celebrate as a controversial 24-turbine scheme is now unlikely to proceed. However, those hoping to see an end to any further schemes in Northumberland look set to be disappointed with work set to start on two major new developments.

In fact, at least eight new onshore wind farms look set to be built in the region in the coming months and years – adding to the 30-plus already operating - during what the Government has described as a ‘grace period’ for developers.

When announcing its policy U-turn in the Commons earlier this month, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said projects which ‘have planning consent, a grid connection offer and acceptance, and evidence of land rights for the site on which their project will be built’ can proceed during the grace period. This equates to over 10 UK schemes, with seven of these in the North East including a 16 turbine development on the Ray Estate, just off the A696 at Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland.

A spokesperson for the developer Vattenfall said it was pushing ahead with its plans for this site: “Vattenfall has discharged all planning conditions associated with the Ray Wind Farm. As a result, we will set out a detailed forward programme to the local community shortly with a view to delivering first power in late 2016.”

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Government urged to reject wind turbines near Sellafield

By Mark White

Last updated at 10:55, Friday, 10 July 2015

Copeland council’s planning committee has urged the Government to reject plans for two controversial 110m high wind turbines near Sellafield.

Material harm to the landscape, an adverse effect on the areas visual amenity and the fact the plans were not backed by the local community were among some of the reasons the council recommended the Government refuse the application at a planning meeting.

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Northumberland wind farm company snaps up neighbouring site near Morpeth

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Northumberland wind farm company snaps up neighbouring site near Morpeth
12:29, 19 July 2015 By Brian Daniel



A renewable energy company has snapped up a wind farm project next to its own scheme in Northumberland.

Infinis Energy has bought an approved turbine project which neighbours its own planned scheme north of Morpeth. The developer plans to begin work across the two sites next month.

Infinis has acquired the nine-turbine scheme on land at the former opencast mine at Maiden’s Hall and Steadsburn, from Peel Energy. The scheme was given planning permission by Northumberland County Council in April 2014. The project, originally proposing 13 turbines, was originally seen as the first phase of the planned £200m Blue Sky Forest project – which aimed to create 800 to 1,000 jobs by developing 2,500 acres of land restored from opencast mining. It included an international-standard golf course and academy, a sports academy, an Olympic-size swimming pool, an artificial ski slope, 300-bed hotel and man-made lake for watersports.

The project sits next to Infinis’ four 126m-turbine Sisters Wind Farm, which was given planning permission by the county council in 2012. That scheme, reduced from an initial five turbines, is another opencast coal mine and is close to land where tens of thousands of slaughtered animals were buried during the 2001 foot and mouth epidemic. Infinis has said the acquisition will “maximise ongoing operational efficiencies.” Construction on both projects is scheduled to begin next month.

Eric Machiels, Infinis chief executive, said: “This deal represents a further significant investment for Infinis in Northumberland that will generate local opportunities and investment. The acquired wind farm is a well-designed project which benefits from an excellent wind resource. The construction timetable for the project fits well with our existing portfolio and will enable us to optimise the use of our resources. As an established operator and responsible developer of renewable projects in the area, we have a long-standing commitment to the local community and businesses. We intend to honour the commitments already made directly in connection with this wind farm and ensure that real economic benefits flow into the area.”

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Work set to begin on £90m Northumberland wind farm near Kirkwhelpington

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Work set to begin on £90m Northumberland wind farm near Kirkwhelpington
08:30, 24 July 2015 By Brian Daniel


Bill Short, of Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland

Work is set to begin on a controversial new £90m wind farm in Northumberland.

The 16-turbine Ray Wind Farm project near Kirkwhelpington is to get underway later this month after getting the green light by a government minister. This was after a public inquiry where the inspector recommended refusal.

Vattenfall, the Swedish energy company behind it, has expressed its delight that work is soon to begin. Vattenfall’s construction manager for Ray Wind Farm Paul Nickless said: “It’s good to get underway with the Ray Wind Farm construction project. Throughout the 18-month build we will ensure local residents are kept up to date with construction activity. This is an exciting engineering exercise and we hope people will take a lot of interest in what we are doing.” The company is to start a five-month consultation with local residents in August in order to establish the best way to invest a 20-year community fund worth around £250,000 per year.

However Kirkwhelpington resident Bill Short, who spoke against the wind farm at the public inquiry, described it as “a sad day for the Northumberland environment”.

The scheme was given the go-ahead in 2010 after bids for turbines at Green Rigg and Steadings were refused. The Ray project had faced objections from both NATS - the main air navigation service provider in the UK - and Newcastle International Airport over the impact of the turbines on the Great Dun Fell air traffic radar in the North Pennines in Cumbria. A condition of the approval was that the scheme could not proceed until the radar obstacle had been overcome.

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Unique wind turbine blade arrives at ORE Catapult in Blyth for testing

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Unique wind turbine blade arrives at ORE Catapult in Blyth for testing
12:26, 14 August 2015 By Robert Gibson


Blade Dynamics 78m blade arrives at ORE Catapult in Blyth, Northumberland

One of the world’s most innovative offshore wind turbine rotor blades has arrived in Northumberland from the US for a six month testing programme at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s test, demonstration and research centre.

At 78m long, Blade Dynamics’ prototype D78 blade is just 12m short of the length of a football pitch and the length of eight double decker buses – and is the longest blade ever tested ORE Catapult in Blyth. Based on a unique modular assembly concept, enabling larger, more effective turbines with reduced weight and higher performance. One major advantage of the design is that final stages of the manufacturing process can be completed close to the installation or deployment site, meaning manufacturing can take place around the country, providing a route for the future export of blade components from the UK.

Having made its way from the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, the prototype will undergo commissioning and testing using state-of-the-art equipment in Blyth.

Established by the UK Government in 2007, ORE Catapult is one of seven similarly-focused centres to be set up by Innovate UK in high growth industries. It is considered the UK’s flagship technology innovation and research centre for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy, delivering prioritised research underpinned by world-class test and demonstration facilities.

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Wind turbine on Northumberland green belt would be 'unacceptable' says planning inspector

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Wind turbine on Northumberland green belt would be 'unacceptable' says planning inspector
08:30, 18 August 2015 By Brian Daniel


Fields near Blackheddon Bridge, in Northumberland, where a wind turbine is proposed

A government planning inspector has thrown out a bid for a wind turbine on green belt in Northumberland, claiming it would have an unacceptable impact.

The inspector has dismissed the bid for a 67m turbine on a farm at Stamfordham, near Ponteland, following the application’s initial refusal by Northumberland County Council.

One man who objected to the scheme has welcomed the refusal saying it is “vital” to protect the green belt. Fourteen letters of objection were lodged with the county council.

But the family which farms the land has spoken of its disappointment at the decision, claiming the generator would have powered hundreds of homes in the area and involved a community fund. The application from Guy Green sought a single 500kW wind turbine on a 40m tower, 67m to tip, at Heatherslaw Farm.

Planning officers recommended approval but councillors voted to refuse. An appeal was lodged and the inspector who heard it has now dismissed the challenge. His report states: “I conclude that the harm to the green belt through inappropriateness, loss of openness and conflict with green belt purposes, together with harm arising from landscape and visual impact, is not clearly outweighed by other considerations. Therefore the very special circumstances necessary to justify the proposal do not exist. The impact of the development on the green belt would be unacceptable.”

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Work starts at windfarm site

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22 August 2015


Work has started on the site of the Sisters windfarm near Widdrington. Picture by Jane Coltman

Two Northumberland firms have won contracts to help with a windfarm development consisting of four, 126-metre-high turbines.

Construction of Infinis Energy PLC’s multi-million-pound Sisters project started last week on land near to Widdrington.

Beck Groundworks in Amble and KW Purvis Ltd in Alnwick have been appointed to build the site entrance.

The work effectively kick-starts the ground operations, which will include installation of the site compound/access tracks in readiness for the main construction activity later this year.

The scheme is expected to be completed in autumn 2016.
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Wind turbines and solar panels on way in South Tyneside

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South Tyneside Council is pushing ahead with two new green energy bids which could see wind turbines established on borough industrial estates, it has emerged.

The move would also see the provision of solar panels on 14 council-owned buildings, including, possibly, the 1960s block at South Shields Town Hall.

Work to put wind turbines onto borough industrial sites is at an early stage.

And the council is eager to stress the turbines would be limited in scale – and would only be established on as yet to be decided industrial sites away from residential properties and open spaces.

A council spokesman said: “We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and becoming a greener authority.

“One of the ways we plan to achieve this is by taking advantage of renewable energy sources, which are not only better for the environment, but could help to cut the council’s energy bills by up to 25%.
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Fears for bats sink bid for wind turbine on edge of Carlisle

By Duncan Bick

Last updated at 10:03, Saturday, 19 September 2015

Plans for a wind turbine on the outskirts of Carlisle have been rejected – to help protect local bats.



H&H Group had wanted to build a 112ft high structure at their Borderway Mart on Montgomery Road in Rosehill.

But officials raised fears that some rare species of bat could be affected by the proposed development.

At a meeting of Carlisle City Council’s development control committee, members heard that H&H had proposed to monitor the effect on the local bat population with a regular search for dead bodies once the turbine – which would have measured 34.4m (112.9ft) from root to tip – was built and in operation between March and October.

The firm would then have taken action to stop any harm to the mammals. This could have included turning the turbine off for certain hours of the day.

But Angus Hutchinson, the authority’s principal development control officer, said there were many species of bats and some could be severely affected by the turbine.

He recommended to members that the application be rejected as a result of this, despite it having been recommended for approval in their papers.

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Duddo Stone Circle wind turbine bid refused by government minister Greg Clark

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Duddo stone circle in Northumberland

Plans for a wind turbine close to Northumberland’s answer to Stonehenge have been thrown out by the government.

The proposal less than two miles from the 4,000-year-old Duddo Stone Circle has been rejected by minister for communities and local government Greg Clark.

The decision follows a lengthy planning battle which saw the government opt not to defend a planning inspector’s decision to give the turbine the go-ahead in the High Court, following a protest led by a cross-party group of North East peers and the Bishop of Newcastle.

The guardian of the stone circle has spoken of her delight that visitors’ enjoyment of the scheduled ancient monument will not be impacted by a turbine, but voiced her regret that the proposal which attracted 90 objections has proved so divisive in the community.

Scottish company 3R Energy Solutions initially applied to Northumberland County Council for planning permission for a 74m 800 kilowatt machine at Shoreswood Farm, Ancroft – near Berwick, and home of William Jackson. Its bid attracted 14 letters of support. Yet the proposal faced the 90 objections from residents, three parish councils and the county’s archaeologist, amid fears over the proximity to the stones.

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