Planners give the go ahead despite over 100 objections

Follions Farm, Thropton, turbine pic'looking west towards the National Park
Follions Farm, Thropton, turbine pic'looking west towards the National Park

Plans to erect a single turbine at a farm near Thropton are set to be approved next week, despite more than 100 objections.

Planning officers at Northumberland County Council have recommended for approval plans to put up a single, 78-metres-to-blade-tip turbine on land at Follions Farm at Weststeads.

But the application has received numerous objections from neigbours, four parish councils, Northumberland National Park and the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Objections state that the turbine will have a negative impact on the character of the local and wider landscape, impact on the visual amenity of the area, and an adverse impact on the local economy.

They also say that too much noise will be created by the turbine.

However, a report, which will be presented at the planning and environment committee meeting on Tuesday, says: “The proposed wind turbine would contribute to the provision of a sustainable source of locally-produced renewable energy that is consistent with national and local planning policies.

“The proposed development would not have a significant adverse impact on the character of the landscape, heritage assets, ecology, highways, noise, or shadow flicker.

“The potential impacts on the local landscape and visual amenity in terms of nearby land users are not considered to be of such significance to outweigh the wider benefits of the proposed wind turbine in terms of renewable energy provision.”

County councillor Steven Bridgett will be speaking against the plans at next week’s meeting at County Hall when a decision on the plans will be made by committee members.