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Turbines will be 'sculptural', expert claims  

A ‘strong, sculptural quality’ would be added to the North Northumberland landscape if 18 turbines were built on it, the inquiry has been told.

In his summary evidence on behalf of npower, expert witness Jeffrey Stevenson laid out what he believes will be the benefits if the Middlemoor wind farm goes ahead.

He said: “Although strongly influenced by it, the wider local landscape would not be transformed by the wind farm.

“When and where seen, the proposed turbines would be read as consistent with the spirit of an exposed and windswept location, where signs of human intervention are clear and obvious.

“The wind farm would be consistent with the scale of the host landscape and would not have a significant effect upon its openness.

“In unconstrained views, the turbines would appear as a controlled, reasonably balanced and coherent grouping which would be responsive to the landscape, rather than being read as an imposition upon it.

“Although prominent and dominant close by, the turbines would not look out of place, nor would they overwhelm perceptions, and the wind farm would be capable of engendering a positive response from observers, or at least a proportion of them.”

And he added: “The wind farm would, in my professional opinion, introduce a strong, sculptural quality to the landscape.

“As such, it would add to the atmosphere, add to the sense of place and add to the landscape identity and distinctiveness.”

Mr Stevenson will continue to give evidence throughout Thursday, followed by cross-examination by other parties.

Northumberland Gazette

14 November 2007

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