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Opposition likely to wind farm scheme

Plans are in the offing for a new wind farm in the Northumberland countryside, with opposition likely to be based on fears of harm to the tourist trade.

Coronation Power is seeking to erect 10 turbines 100m high at Todburn East, 2km from Longhorsley.

It is currently in the process of scoping its proposals with Alnwick District Council and hopes to submit a planning application in March.

But the developers were last night warned to expect opposition to the wind farm once the application is made, amid fears it would be harmful to the area’s tourist trade.

Coun John Wilson, chairman of Nunnkyirk Parish Council, said: “This area is a beautiful area as it is without having wind turbines. We have holiday cottages and I think that would be to the detriment of it.

“Most of the feeling from the people I have spoken to is that they are not very keen on wind farms in this area. I would think it would cause quite a few concerns within the locals.”

The proposal first came to light in July 2006 when Coronation Power was given planning permission to erect a temporary wind monitoring mast on the site by Castle Morpeth Borough Council, despite concerns from Longhorsley Parish Council.

A scoping exercise was done and objections from the Ministry of Defence came to light. To satisfy those, changes were made to the layout of the wind farm and also the height, with the turbines reduced from 125m. The new layout meant that Alnwick district became the lead council, with the site lying on its boundary with Castle Morpeth. The mast has been taken down after collecting data for the allotted 18-month period.

The Journal

18 July 2008