Wooler turbine gets the nod

Plans for a single wind turbine on the outskirts of Wooler were approved last night despite 37 letters of objection.

The application, for a single 24.5-metre Gala turbine at Highburn House, Burnhouse Road, was recommended for approval by planning officers but had attracted a number of objections along with concerns from Wooler Parish Council.

These centred on the turbine’s impact on the national park, residents of Broomey Road, the St Cuthbert’s Way footpath and the nearby Humbleton Hill fort. There were also fears it would have a detrimental impact on local tourism and spoil the tranquillity of the area.

There were some letters of support that backed the use of renewable energy.

Members of the county council’s planning and enivronment committee backed the plans on Tuesday night, with two votes against the scheme.