Farm turbines face opposition

Residents near to the site of two proposed wind turbines on a north Northumberland farm have expressed concern about their size and impact.

David Park has applied to Northumberland County Council for permission for two 20kw wind turbines, 21metres to the hub with a 13metre rotor diameter, on land north of Low Buston Cottages, between Shilbottle and Warkworth.

Jan Lloyd, of Sturton Grange Cottages, is one of those objecting to the scheme and she has delivered leaflets to neighbours as she feels that awareness of the proposal is not very good, despite claims that letters were sent to all residences within 2km of the site .

She owns a row of cottages and plans to run a holiday-let business and is worried about the impact the turbines could have.

“I’m all for renewable energy, but these turbines are really large for an individual enterprise,” she said.

“I think for a sensitive rural area they are just too large and not sited to minimise their ompact, they are slap-bang in the middle of the field.

“I just wonder whether they could use solar panels and put them somewhere else.

“They will be visible from miles around, including from the AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty) and Warkworth Castle.”

A design and access statement concludes: “The intention of the proposal is to generate electricity for on-site consumption by the farm business. In this way the turbines will contribute towards the ongoing viability of Low Buston Farm. The wind turbines have been sited in order that they minimise impact to residences and to the landscape.”

A report from the agent says that residences within 2km of the site were sent a letter, although it admits that calls from the owner of the closest property were received saying they had not received notification.