Anger erupted yesterday after a green energy company revealed a wind farm project in part of Northumberland where the fate of plans for 59 giant turbines is still undecided.
Npower renewables is launching a public consultation exercise on a bid for eight 125m-high turbines at remote Kirkharle – and will submit a formal planning application to Tynedale Council later this year.
The move comes as a major public inquiry continues into three separate applications which could result in 59 turbines being erected at Green Rigg Fell near Birtley, on the Ray Estate and at Kirkwhelpington. Ministers will decide on the trio of bids by Wind Prospect Developments, Amec Project Investments and Steadings Wind Farm following the conclusion of the hearing later this year.
As well as the three bids under discussion at the inquiry and the npower renewables scheme, two other potential turbine sites are also in the pipeline at Throckrington and Tone Hill. Npower renewables says it wants to assess public opinion about its proposal.
Yesterday Carol Brodie of Great Bavington, who chairs the Campaign for Responsible Energy Development in Tynedale (Credit), said npower was showing a “complete lack of respect” for the feelings of local residents.
Npower renewables has developed an on-line questionnaire, set up a telephone information line.
People can find out more at www.npower-renewables.com/kirkharle or by calling 0845 459-4069.
by William Green
2 June 2008
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