Plan for windfarm revealed

A NEW wind turbine scheme is in the offing for north Northumberland.

London-based Air Farmers Ltd, who are behind the plans for nine turbines at Middle Hill near Elsdon, are now looking at a large windfarm near Belford.

Under the name of Middleton Burn Ltd, the project, to the north-west of the village, would see 16 turbines erected, each with a maximum tip height of 125m and hub height of 85m.

As with the Middle Hill scheme, this windfarm would also sit close to important heritage spots such as St Cuthbert’s Cave and the peat bog at Holburn Lake and Moss.

Those behind the project have been in talks with Belford Parish Council and residents in the village recently received letters from Bob Morgan, project manager at Middleton Burn Ltd.

It states that the company has undertaken a number of studies into the suitability of the site.

“From this work, we have concluded that the Middleton Burn site is one of the most suitable and appropriate sites within the North East region for development as a windfarm,” it says.

The letter also mentions a proposed community fund of at least £48,000 a year, which over the 25-year life of the turbines would bring in £1.2million.

“In line with the proposed Localism Bill, we would like to ensure that the local community obtains positive and tangible benefits from this proposed project,” the letter says.

The company is hosting a public exhibition in the village to allow residents to find out more about the proposals on Thursday, September 29 at Bell View Resource Centre between noon and 8pm.

l Middle Hill Action Group has been set up in opposition to the plans for the turbines near Elsdon.