Another turbine bid near Belford – the 26th proposed

Looking out towards the approximate site of the proposed Belford Burn windfarm from the B6349.
Looking out towards the approximate site of the proposed Belford Burn windfarm from the B6349.
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An application for nine has gone in, a proposal for another 16 has been on the cards since 2011 and now there is a bid for a 26th turbine in the countryside around Belford.

Energiekontor UK Ltd has submitted its application for nine turbines with a height of 100metres-to-blade-tip at Belford Burn to the west of the village.

Although no application has been made, another scheme is in the offing, by Air Farmers Ltd, for 16 turbines of a similar height at a site just to the north of the Belford Burn site, essentially forming what would appear from a distance to be one windfarm, as in the case of Wandylaw and Middlemoor, north of Alnwick.

And now, it appears that land to the east of the village, ignored up to this point by developers, has attracted a proposal for a single wind turbine.

No full planning application has been submitted as yet, but a screening opinion application has been made to Northumberland County Council for a single wind turbine of maximum height to blade tip of 81metres.

The bid, by Manchester-based Kinetica Energy, which has developed turbines at several sites in Cumbria and Derbyshire, is for land at Easington Farm, to the north east of the village.

For protesters and councillors in Belford, the focus at the moment is on the Belford Burn application.

At the July meeting of Belford Parish Council, members agreed to defer making a decision until they had more time to consider the matter and to gauge public opinion.

Due to changes in Government policy on community benefit payments, the village could receive more than £2million if the windfarm was approved.

The consultation period for the plans closes on Monday and can be accessed via the county council’s website.