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New turbine threat on the horizon for Duddo Stones  

Credit:  Berwick Advertiser | 20 September 2013 | www.berwick-advertiser.co.uk ~~

Plans have been submitted for a pair of 35m tall wind turbines at Felkington Farm, between Norham and Duddo.

Landowner Cameron Martin has teamed up with Edinburgh-based Fine Energy to put together the proposal.

The Endurance E-3120 turbines would export all the electricity they generate onto the grid – enough energy to power 100 homes per year – with the farm benefiting from the feed-in tariff mechanism in place.

Mr Martin said: “It has become increasingly difficult to sustain our farming business, so in order to guarantee the viability of the farm for the future and for my family, I wished to diversify in order to help with the overall financial side of the farm business.”

The turbines would be located some 500m from the hamlet of Felkington and 1.6km from the Duddo Stone Circles, an ancient scheduled monument.

Lee Houghton of Fine Energy said: “I recognise that there may be a perceived impact on the setting of a historical feature, in particular of the Duddo Stones and Haddon Hill enclosure.

“Views will alter if the proposed development is approved, but not so detrimental that the changed view from the setting is unacceptable and that the appreciation of the historical feature is compromised.”

She also admits the proposal would have a high visual impact on residents in Felkington Cottage, 388m to the south, and Felkington.

“In my professional capacity, I would summarise that a small number of residents to the immediate south of the proposed development will have views of the turbines, primarily due to proximity and lack of screening from existing landscaping in the vicinity,” she said.“Over time when the new shelterbelt planting matures, the views afforded at present will be mitigated.”

She added: “Where the turbines can be seen, it is within a wide landscape setting in which they do not appear disharmonious or out of scale with their surroundings.

“There will be change to the components within the landscape, but I would consider the addition of the two elements can be successfully assimilated into their surroundings without affecting those that live, travel and visit the area.”

The existing farm access would be used for delivery.

Source:  Berwick Advertiser | 20 September 2013 | www.berwick-advertiser.co.uk

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