After 12 days of evidence, argument and intense debate, the Middlemoor Wind Farm Public Inquiry has finally closed.
But it didn’t end smoothly, with an unexpected application for costs made by Save Northumberland’s Environment advocate Tina Douglass against applicant npower renewables.
She told inspector Alan Novitzky that npower could have avoided a public inquiry altogether – because the firm knows it can’t overcome Ministry of Defence objections.
Npower complained that the MoD made late representations to the inquiry, where it claimed that the 18 turbines will effectively blind their radar at RAF Brizlee Wood.
Ms Douglass, however, said the military’s concerns had been known for at least two years.
She said: “Substantial costs have been incurred by my client, which could have been avoided if the applicant had acknowledged the MoD’s very serious objections.”
Npower advocate Marcus Trinick said he would “strenuously resist” the application on behalf of the company.
3 December 2007
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