More turbines in the pipeline

WIND turbines continue to dominate the planning agenda in north Northumberland with three set to get the go-ahead tonight and another in the offing.

Three separate applications for single turbines are recommended for approval at tonight’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee, while another was recently lodged with the county council.

Members will make a decision on plans for a 71metre-to-blade-tip turbine at Wark Common Farm, a 47.1metre-to-blade-tip scheme at Brackenside Farm, Ford, and a 34.2metre-to-blade-tip turbine at New Haggerston Farm House.

The application at Wark received 41 letters of objection on grounds such as scale, visual impact, impact on tourism, noise and shadow flicker and wildlife impact.

And the Ford scheme was deferred at January’s meeting due to a ‘significant’ number of objections coming in after the report was compiled.

It is opposed by 37 people, although it does also have support from 26 people, on grounds of renewable energy production. One of the chief concerns is its proximity to the consented Barmoor windfarm.

The smallest scheme, at New Haggerston, only sparked one objection letter and was supported by two letters, citing the fact that the landscape had acommodated substantial buildings.

An application for a 46metre-to-blade-tip turbine nearby at Bridge Mill Farm, about 1.6km north-west of Haggerston Castle Holiday Park has also been submitted to the county council.