Turbine scheme back

Committee members of the Middleton Burn Action Group, who are also opposing the Belford Burn proposal, including chairman Chris Craddock (back left) and vice-chairman Kerry Noble.
Committee members of the Middleton Burn Action Group, who are also opposing the Belford Burn proposal, including chairman Chris Craddock (back left) and vice-chairman Kerry Noble.
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Air Farmers Ltd is to hold a public exhibition in Belford to update villagers about the proposed development at Middleton Burn.

Plans for the 14-turbine windfarm on the outskirts of the village have now been revised, based on feedback gathered in the first consultation exercise.

Project manager Jens Rasmussen said: “We have minimised the potential impact of the scheme based on the feedback we received.

“We have done a lot more work than we envisaged based on the feedback, including a background noise assessment and bird work.

“With this in mind we have gone back and redesigned the scheme in order to improve it.”

He explained that Air Farmers Ltd had focused on improvements that were recommended by the public.

“We’ve listened to the nearest neighbours and increased the set back in order to reduce the impact of wind turbines on those neighbours,” he said. “We have reduced the scheme by two turbines, therefore there will be 14 turbines.”

He added that there were no plans for any transport to go through the village, and adjustments had been made to ensure no conflicts with bats.

“As far as the community is concerned, we are increasing the community fund amount to £5,000 per mw/per year (around £210,000 per year),” he added.

Air Farmers Ltd now wish to establish a community liaison group of individuals and groups and is preparing to show the updated scheme at a public exhibition next month.

l For more from Belford Parish Council, turn to Page 12.