Decision due on new wind turbine

Plans for a 20-metre wind turbine and an ‘earth-sheltered holiday dwelling’ look set to get the nod despite objections from parish councils.

The two schemes, one for the holiday property at Weetwood Hall near Wooler and the other for the turbine near Swarland, are both recommended for approval at Thursday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee.

The plans at Weetwood Hall would see an L-shaped building set back into the slope of the ground about 55metres from the hall.

It would have a grass-covered roof with only the front and side elevations, facing south and east, visible above ground.

But Tillside Parish Council objected to the scheme, highlighting issues such as lack of need for the building, that the site is greenfield land and the fact that the property will add to current issues with the water supply.

Weetwood Hall is a grade II-listed building but the new development is considered to have a ‘neutral impact on the heritage assets’.

The wind turbine, at Rivendell near Swarland, would be 24.2metres to blade tip and would be sited on paddock land, which also features stable buildings, agricultural buildings and a riding arena.

The plan was originally submitted in January but have now been amended to adjust the location and structure.

The site is located near Swarland but is in the parish of Felton and both parish councils have objected to the scheme, along with ten residents.

But the planning officer concluded that the turbine meets national, regional and local planning policies.

The planning meeting takes place on Thursday, June 6, at 6pm in Alnwick Council Chamber.