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Results of Berwick wind farm study published

The results of an independent study into wind farm development in the south and west of Berwick-upon-Tweed area of Northumberland have been published, with the findings stating that the area can potentially accommodate up to 30 to 40MW of wind energy development, which equates to approximately 10 to 15 turbines.

The study is the fourth to use the award-winning methodology that was developed by ARUP with White Consultants on behalf of the North East Assembly to assess the impact of wind farms on the landscape.

The study identifies a range of scenarios based on differing levels of potential, ranging from 30MW to 70MW.

Malcolm Bowes, Deputy Chief Executive for the North East Assembly said:

“This cutting edge study provides an objective assessment of the impact that windfarm development would have on the South and West of Berwick-upon-Tweed landscape and has concluded that high levels of development would not be appropriate. The study assesses the ability of landscapes to support wind development. Whilst we are committed to ensuring that the region plays a positive part in contributing to tackling global climate change this has to be balanced against unacceptable landscape impacts.”

Director of Regeneration and Development at Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council, Shona Alexander, said:

“We welcome this study which gives us an objective view of the impact which wind farm developments could have here in Berwick borough, where we have some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. We will now include the study in our assessments of all four wind farm planning applications currently being considered.”

Source: North East Assembly

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19 June 2007