A current and a would-be Tory MP were in a Northumberland village last week, supporting campaigners fighting against a nine-turbine windfarm.
Meeting prospective parliamentary candidate and local campaigner Anne-Marie Trevelyan, anti-windfarm advocate Chris Heaton-Harris MP added his support and urged locals to register their objections with the county council.
The deadline for comments on Energiekontor’s plans for the turbines at Belford Burn, just south of proposals for another windfarm at Middleton Burn, was Saturday.
As founder of the national Together Against Wind campaign, Chris has supported many groups across the country who object to large-scale wind developments in rural landscapes.
Anne-Marie said: “I have been in close contact with the Middleton Burn Action Group throughout the campaign so far and continue to do all I can to highlight to councillors on the Northumberland planning committee how inappropriate it is to have 100-metre turbines in this ancient landscape.”
She also pointed out that in April, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles extended the consideration given to community views in the planning process, meaning residents’ ‘input now has much more weight’.
• Last Tuesday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s planning and environment committee saw members approve a scheme for a single turbine, 21.5metres-to-blade-tip, on land to the north west of Breamish Park, near Powburn. The plans, which followed a withdrawn application for a slighter larger turbine, had been recommended for approval by planning officers.
According to the committee report, 169 neighbours had been notified, sparking 57 letters of objection, including from London, the south and South Africa, and six letters of support.