[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Border wind turbines proposal faces opposition from council  

Credit:  Berwick Advertiser | 06 February 2014 | www.berwick-advertiser.co.uk ~~

Major concerns have been raised about the visual impact of two proposed wind turbines next to the English and Scottish border.

Berwick Town Council is objecting to the 80-metre tall turbines planned on Marshall Meadows Farm, just south of the border.

Councillor Tom Forrester said: “These turbines might be okay in the Lammermuirs but they are far too close to what is a very historic town.

“One of the proposed turbines is almost on the border and is going to destroy the view from Lamberton. They are also close to the Halidon Hill battle field.”

The turbines would be located on farmland to the west of the A1, accessed through a new track from an existing farm entrance. The nearest residential buildings would be 500m to the south east at New East Farm.

Advance Renewables and Berwick Community Trust have lodged a scoping request which would assess the suitability of the site for wind turbines prior to the possible submission of a full planning application later this year.

The turbines would generate an estimated 4.6GWh of renewable electricity per year, equivalent to the average amount used by 1,000 UK households. This would provide revenue to the Berwick Community Trust.

But Councillor Alan Turnbull said: “I support renewable energy and like the fact the community trust would benefit from it and help the work they do in the town but I just think it’s not the right place and it’s too big.”

Councillor Catherine Seymour also voiced concerns about the impact the turbines would have on the town.

She said: “These turbines would be visible from the Berwick conservation area, medieval and post-medieval fortifications, Newfields, the A1, Lamberton, Lamberton Shields, the coastal path near Marshall Meadows, Springhill, Halidon Hill and the Ramparts Business Park.”

And Councillor Alex Gibson added: “These monstrosities would be a distraction to drivers and could cause an accident.”

Concerns have also been raised about cumulative impact as the site is just 1.6km away from the community trust’s newly constructed 74-metre tall turbine at Steps of Grace, to the north of the Ramparts Business Park.

Coun Forrester said: “The application talks about a ‘cluster’ of turbines. Well, two wind turbines doesn’t constitute a cluster to me so my concern would be that this could eventually lead to a few more being built.”

The developers submitted a screening request last autumn and had hoped to avoid the requirement to complete an environmental impact assessment.

Stuart Mears, project lead, said: “The small scale development and its location outwith sensitive areas limit the effects of the proposal.

“We conclude that the land and environment are able to accommodate the proposed development with no significant effects.”

However, planners have insisted that an environmental impact assessment is required due to ‘its potential for significant impacts on landscape character, visual amenity, visual receptors and ecologically sensitive areas’.

The turbine model is expected to be the Enercon E-48 which would have a capacity of 750 kilowatts.

Scoping looks at the broad range of environmental concerns and allows stakeholders to be engaged at an early stage of the proposed development so they may contribute their views and provide relevant information.

Source:  Berwick Advertiser | 06 February 2014 | www.berwick-advertiser.co.uk

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.