Decision day for turbine bid

PLANS for a wind turbine on a north Northumberland farm look set to get the go-ahead tonight.

The scheme at Brackenside Farm, near Ford, is recommended for approval at the meeting of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee.

However councillors on the Planning and Environment Committee threw out two single-turbine schemes, at New Bewick and Ponteland, against officer advice last month in the face of widespread public criticism of the plans.

But this scheme at Brackenside Farm is on a much smaller scale, 47.1 metres to blade tip, and is supported by some local residents.

Those in support of the scheme cite the contribution the turbine will make to the production of green energy in the area.

Sean Wascoe and Michelle Bennett wrote: “We live at Brackenside on the doorstep of this development but think that the turbine will be a pleasant addition to the landscape in no way blocking our view to the Cheviots and Ros Castle.”

Nonetheless, the plans still received 31 letters of objection. Lowick Parish Council objected on grounds of the impact on both landscape and businesses in the area.

They also raised the ‘danger of creating a windfarm landscape’ due to the six turbines at Barmoor, between 1.5 and 3km away, which were allowed on appeal in January 2010 but have yet to be built.