Landscape under threat

Across the Border, PNE Wind UK is appealing against Scottish Borders Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for eight turbines at Brunton Hill.

No surprise there, perhaps, but they claim that their intended development ‘is well-sited in a landscape which is already characterised by wind turbines’.

In other words, in a landscape dominated by turbines, it won’t hurt to plonk down a few more. In Northumberland, if we allow further development of windfarms to proceed unchecked, would-be developers will be encouraged to bung in yet more proposals on the grounds that they will be ‘sited in a landscape which is already characterised by wind turbines’.

Northumberland’s landscape character is special but is under real threat from inappropriately-sited, large-scale windfarm developments, such as those proposed at Middleton Burn and Belford Burn.

Over the coming weeks, meetings in Belford will give readers an opportunity to have their voices heard. Better still they should lobby their councillors and support those seeking to prevent the despoliation of our natural heritage.

Colin Wakeling,

Berrington Lough, Berwick