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No wind farm, say councillors  

Plans to build a wind farm with 18 turbines have been opposed by a Northumberland council.

Councillors voted to oppose the proposed wind farm at Green Rigg, Northumberland, at a meeting of Tynedale Council last night.

Tim Matthews, development manager for Wind Prospect Developments, the firm behind the proposals, spoke at the meeting.

He said that despite suggestions that a smaller scale development would be more appropriate the proposals already met with guidelines.

He added that the reasons given by the council for refusal would be “robustly opposed” by his firm.

Speaking against the development Coun Ingrid Whale (Con) said: “The impact on the area in my judgment would be quite unacceptable.

“I recently drove along one of the roads with a friend and I mentioned the proposals – her reaction was quite strong. I am quite sure many tourists to the area would feel the same.

“We have an obligation to the environment but we also have an obligation to our residents who make a living from tourism and visitors to the area.”

Each of the turbines on the proposed wind farm – one of a number that have been proposed in the north Tynedale area – would measure 100 metres in height.

The council failed to determine the original application, and Wind Prospect has already appealed against that.

Last night’s decision to oppose will now be put before that appeal.

* A town will have a new football pitch and accompanying facilities, the same council committee has decided.

The pitch, which will have changing rooms with showers and a CCTV camera, will be situated to the rear of Fairfield Park in Haltwhistle.

The facility, which will be built on top of an existing pitch, will include a car park and improvements to an access road. It will be used by Haltwhistle United Football Club senior and junior sides and will also be open to use for members of the public.

A number of residents opposed the plan, saying the access road was not suitable and matches played on the pitch would cause disturbance.

But councillors decided that the pitch was important for the “greater good” of the community of Haltwhistle.

Controversial plans to build 32 homes in the Nursery Gardens area of Haltwhistle have also been given the go-ahead.

The plans have been opposed by residents because they felt the development did not fit in with the area and people were concerned about the prospects of increased traffic.

But the scheme will go ahead, providing certain requirements are met.

One of these involves the level of affordable housing which is to be made available through the development.

By Ben Guy, The Journal


19 April 2007

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