Wave of plans for windfarms to be discussed

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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A wave of windfarm plans are set to be discussed over the coming weeks.

And an application to site a mast near Rothbury has also been given approval on appeal.

Yesterday saw the start of a public inquiry into a windfarm at Fenrother, north of Morpeth.

Developer EnergieKontor is appealing against Northumberland County Council’s refusal of its application for five turbines, each 126 metres tall.

The scheme sparked more than 1,600 letters of objection.

And on Tuesday night, councillors on the county council’s planning and environment and rights of way committee will decide what action to take on plans to site nine turbines on land north of Belford Burn.

Members of the committee are being advised to visit the site and hold a public meeting to discuss the plans further.

Meanwhile, permission has been given on appeal for a temporary meteorological mast on land to the south east of Charity Hall and north of Farnham Plantation, Sharperton.

The application was refused permission by the planning and environment committee in December 2012 contrary to officer recommendation.

In reaching a decision on the appeal the planning inspector said the ‘proposed mast is necessary for the proper assessment of the technical suitability of the area for wind-turbine development’.