Blimp plan turned down

A windfarm developer, which is proposing a nine-turbine site near Belford, has turned down a request by objectors to fly a blimp on the site.

Middleton Burn Action Group, originally formed to fight the windfarm plans just north of the the Belford Burn site, wanted to put up the blimps on both sites to demonstrate the height of the turbines.

Chairman Chris Craddock said: “Our motiviation was to try to get a bit of objectivity in the question of how big these things are going to appear, particularly from the village of Belford.”

He added that Air Farmers, behind the Middleton Burn site, had not said no yet.

A statement from Energiekontor, responsible for the Belford Burn proposals, said that they had responded to the group to say that a landscape and visual impact assessment will be submitted as part of the planning application – ‘the accepted method of considering the landscape and visual effects associated with windfarms’ and photomontages will be displayed at a public exhibition prior to the submission of a planning application.

It added that they are aware that MBAG has prepared its own photomontage, which ‘has been clearly on display to members of the public for some time. Our response noted that we do not therefore see how a blimp can assist them further in this regard.’