Decision due on windfarm

A CONTROVERSIAL wind turbine scheme in north Northumberland, which has attracted more than 90 letters of objection, looks set to get the go-ahead next week.

The 77.9-metre turbine west of New Bewick Farm is recommended for approval at Tuesday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s planning and environment committee.

The turbine will ‘use the favourable site to reduce and offset the greenhouse gas emissions, reduce exposure of the business to increasing energy prices and move towards energy independency’, according to the plans.

But the scheme has received 96 letters of objection as well as from Northumberland National Park due to its ‘visual impact and impact on the openness and tranquillity’ of the park.

Planning officer Joe Nugent, in his report to members, says: “It is acknowledged that there would be an impact on the local landscape and a limited impact on the visual amenity of a small number of properties.

“However, it is considered that area could accommodate a single turbine at the scale proposed.

“The proposed turbine would not be visible from the majority of Northumberland National Park and although it may be possible to view the turbine from certain selected locations these views would be limited and would not adversely affect the special qualities of the National Park.”