Turbine plan turned down

Residents of Physic Lane in Thropton  David Neve, Anne Hazlehurst, Carole Ormston, Jim Ormston, and Arthur McRoy with cllr Steven Bridgett.
Residents of Physic Lane in Thropton David Neve, Anne Hazlehurst, Carole Ormston, Jim Ormston, and Arthur McRoy with cllr Steven Bridgett.

Controversial plans for a wind turbine in the Coquet Valley have been turned down, to the delight of residents who were opposing the scheme.

In June, plans were submitted to Northumberland County Council for a 27.1metre-high wind turbine on smallholding land at Raburn Cottage, on Physic Lane in Thropton.

But the plans met with instant disapproval from local residents, and the village’s county councillor.

Resident David Neve said: “The fact that over 50 letters of objection were received shows how popular the structure would have been.

“It’s really good news for the village because they have come out in force against it.

“Everybody’s over the moon with what Coun Bridgett’s done and we have to give credit to the planning department for sticking to their own stipulated planning policies.”

Local ward member Coun Steven Bridgett said: “I think the right decision has been reached by the county council.

“Given that Thropton sits within an area of high landscape value, any wind turbine development in this area would be completely inappropriate and undermine the policies that are in place to protect the Coquet Valley and its natural landscape.

“51 letters of objection were received compared with two in favour; this clearly shows that a large proportion of residents were also opposed to the turbine.”

The proposed turbine was turned down under delegated powers.

The planning officer’s report concluded: “The proposed wind turbine would have a significant adverse impact on the character of the local landscape and on the visual amenity of the area sufficient to outweigh the wider benefits of the proposed turbine in terms of renewable energy provision.”

It added: “The proposed development, during the delivery and construction phases, would result in inadequate vehicular access, would give rise to traffic congestion, and would create adverse impacts upon road safety.”

As well as letters from residents, Thropton Parish Council had objected to the proposed turbine.