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Opinion-splitting Berwick wind turbine plans get the green light

Opinion-splitting plans for two wind turbines in the north Northumberland countryside have been approved by a single vote.

The application for generators on farmland near Berwick had drawn 69 letters of objection from local residents, plus one from the local parish council.

But they had also garnered 52 letters of support.

And at the planning meeting at Northumberland County Council, the proposal was approved by five votes to four.

Creators of a petition of 1,000 signatures against turbine development in the area have also voiced fears the project will cause “harm to the scenery” and potentially pollute the town’s water supply.

But many were in support of the plans and county council officers recommended the plans be approved because of a need for renewable developments.

The application, from Simon Maden of Maden Eco in Berwick, sought two engines with a tip height of 46m on farm land North West of Murton White House at Tweedmouth, close to the A1.

Some 69 objectors wrote to the county council citing impacts upon residents in the area, including noise, landscape cumulative impact, ecology, highways, tourism, and impacts on cultural heritage assets.

Ord Parish Council also stated their objection, citing adverse impact in terms of noise, residential amenity, cumulative impact, landscape character, wildlife and ecology, aviation and highway safety.

The Tweedside Action Group, which fought the application, set up a petition calling for an end to wind development in the Berwick area, which more than 1,000 people signed.

Group member Stephen Lowdon, who lives at Ord, said: “We are saddened and disappointed with the decision that was made.

“There was no justice and we felt we had a strong a case as any to oppose the decision.

“We were quite surprised when it was announced, but a five-four decision in favour shows how it is still dividing opinion and could have so easily gone our way.”