Public meeting to be held on Belford windfarm scheme

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.

The county council is to hold a public meeting before any decision is taken on an application for a controversial windfarm in the north Northumberland countryside.

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.

It has sparked controversy in the village with a protest group set up to fight this scheme, as well as earlier proposals, 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.

Energiekontor’s bid for a meteorological mast at Belford Burn was turned down before Christmas by Northumberland County Council’s planning and environment committee, but an appeal is currently with the Planning Inspectorate.

At the last meeting of Belford Parish Council, members called for more time and a public meeting ahead of making any comments on such a major application.

And at Tuesday’s meeting of the planning and environment committee, members agreed to hold a site visit and public meeting, as per the recommendation, although no dates have been set as yet.

lA hearing on an appeal by Energiekontor against the county council’s decision to refuse its bid for five turbines at Fenrother concluded this week. See the Gazette website for more.