Posts Tagged ‘planning’

Government faces court action over ‘illegal’ planning policy

Exclusive: Friends of the Earth says revised national planning policy makes it ‘virtually impossible’ for councils to refuse fracking schemes The government is facing a legal challenge over its new planning policy, which campaigners say was illegally adopted because the government failed to assess its environmental impact. The revised National Planning Policy Framework, published in […]

Australia’s largest windfarm wins planning approval

$1bn project in Queensland’s Bowen basin to consist of almost 200 turbines The Queensland government has approved the country’s largest windfarm, a $1bn project to build almost 200 turbines in the shadow of the Bowen basin’s coalmines. The 800-megawatt Clarke Creek project, in cattle country north-west of Rockhampton, received planning approval on Tuesday morning. The […]

Local planning, area benefits key to wind-farm buy-in, study finds

A wind turbine spins in Toronto. A new study notes that Ontario's 2009 Green Energy Act limits community involvement during planning stages, resulting in criticism of a top-down, corporate-led pattern of development. View full post on Wind Power News

Revised wind farm planning guidelines considered

RT’s Prime Time has learned that the distances will be determined based on land use, topography, pylon height and the distance from towns and villages. It is understood the Department of Energy has concerns that the proposals as they now stand could actually lead to a decrease in current wind power output. View full post […]

Invenergy Planning Fourth Wind Energy Farm In Antelope County

Work is in the beginning stages on Invenergy’s fourth Antelope County-based wind energy farm. Invenergy announced Wednesday afternoon that the new farm is in the planning stages for the Neligh area. View full post on Wind Power News

Offshore wind project planning gets under way

The MV Ocean Discovery is preparing to survey the sea bottom off Ocean City to find solid places to set huge wind turbines. The MV Ocean Discovery is preparing to survey the sea bottom off Ocean City to find solid places to set huge wind turbines. View full post on Wind Power News

Planning to make the most of renewables | @guardianletters

Polly Toynbees suggestion that the government is overriding local planning on onshore wind farms is misleading (Opinion, 28 October). Her attack on ministerial decisions failed to mention that these were on recovered planning appeals: cases where the elected local council had refused or not approved the original application. The assault on localism she infers has […]

Planning committee unaminously rejects offshore wind farm plans

The committee met today to discuss a report on the Navitus Bay application in order to help the council prepare a response that will go to the Planning Inspectorate. View full post on Wind Power News

Eric Pickles guilty of ‘double standards’ over energy planning applications

Green energy boss Dale Vince says communities secretary is applying greater local scrutiny to windfarms than fracking The communities secretary, Eric Pickles, is guilty of “double standards” because of the much greater local scrutiny applied to windfarm applications compared to fracking plans, according to a green energy boss. Greater consultation with local communities is demanded […]

New renewable energy planning rules unveiled

Guidance aims to help local authorities weigh up renewable energy projects against other environmental concerns The renewable energy industry has welcomed new planning guidance designed to help local authorities weigh up the need for renewable energy projects against other environmental concerns. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) today issued new planning guidance, which […]