Road fears over turbine plan ‘have not been addressed’

Road safety fears have not been addressed in a bid to erect a new windfarm, it has been claimed.

An application has been submitted by Energiekontor UK to erect five 126.5m-tall turbines at Fenrother, near Longhorsley, to provide power for up to 7,600 homes.

But the plans are facing fierce opposition from local residents, and the Fight Fenrother and Longhorsley Windfarm Group has compiled a community objection file.

Included in the dossier is a section on road safety after the group commissioned a report from Traffic Management Adviser Malcolm Heymer, who has previously given evidence to the House of Commons Transport Committee.

Mr Heymer claimed potential problems included the physical impact from the collapse of a turbine and the possibility of driver distraction.

He said it was essential for Energiekontor to provide assessments of the impact of a windfarm on both the A697 and A1, as well as visualisations showing how it will be seen by drivers.

Campaign group chairman Dr James Lunn said the application doesn’t contain information to allow an assessment of the roads to be carried out.

Energiekontor project manager Sam Dewar said he is satisfied that no further information is needed for the application and said there have been around 450 letters of support for the scheme.

However, there have been around 700 letters of objection.

A public meeting will be held at some stage before the application is determined by Northumberland County Council.