I READ with great interest the article published in last week’s Northumberland Gazette as regards the potential plan for the erecting of nine wind turbines close to the AONB, the picturesque Druridge Bay Country Park and the main coastal route trunk road (A1068) and, last but by no means least, residential homes.
Once again, controversy has started to erupt following the find of documents relating to this plan.
Why is it north Northumberland is always at the front of such schemes and unnecessary controversy? It is now time for the elected council representatives to have the backbone to start to fight for the residents and the areas they represent instead of what they themselves want.
Can these elected councillors, the planning departments and council chief executives not see through all this smoke-screened terminology, nonsense and misleading planning applications such as, affordable housing, increased renewable energy and carbon emissions reduction waffle, when in reality it is for the benefit of the developers, the future electric power company, land owners and their chosen legal administrators to extract huge amounts of profit and cash from such schemes.
The article states that land on which this proposed windfarm is to be built belongs to Grainger PLC. Was this land not bought and planning permission obtained for the building of the supposed shortage of ‘affordable homes’? Or does Grainger PLC now realise that this land would create greater profits elsewhere?
Many of the new ‘affordable’ homes built in the new estates of Hadston and Druridge Bay are either vacant or up for sale at greatly-reduced asking prices. This and the fact that the soon-to-be-closed Druridge Bay Middle School will mean no local schooling for prospective first-time buyers and young families with small children means more travelling expense to other schools.
Have these councillors and executives of the council already forgotten that millions of pounds were spent in the design and implementation of Druridge Bay Country Park, turning it from the open-cast mess into the beautiful country park as it is today.
Why not build the windfarms in a more remote area, for example, the current West Chevington Moor opencast area, could it be that they do not own this land and therefore would not be able to cash in on the huge projected profits.
When are the views and the concerns of the residents of north Northumberland going to be taken seriously by the authorities?
We have the ridiculous planning controversy at Beadnell Harbour, again a totally unnecessary planning development in an area of outstanding beauty.
Northumberland County Council and their representatives within the panning department should be embarrassed they have allowed this to degenerate into a farce.
We have the equally ridiculous build of a supermarket within the Braid in Amble, many more appropriate sites are available, or, is it due to the fact the land owned by the Duke of Northumberland’s estates would not receive any inflated cash agreement.
I feel for the the shop keepers in Queen Street selling groceries, meat, stationary, electrical items, clothes, newspapers, fish, flowers etc the negative impact on these businesses is without doubt going to be immense.
These developers, such as the Northumberland Estates and so-called planning consultants need to be taken to task along with the Northumberland County Council planning department who continually ignore the wishes and well-being of local residents with the continual ruination of the beautiful areas within Northumberland, its villages and boundaries.
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