Councillors will make a site visit to Belford Burn before deciding whether to grant permission for a nine turbine wind farm.
Northumberland County Council’s planning and environment committee agreed the move at its meeting on Tuesday night.
A public meeting will also be held, likely to be in October.
There has been strong local opposition to applicant Energiekontor’s plans for the 100m tall turbines on land north of Belford Burn, about 1km west of the village.
Planning officer Philip McCarthy, in a report to members, revealed: “To date 249 letters of objection and two letters of support have been received.”
The overwhelming majority have expressed concerns about the visual impact, loss of residential amenity and the effect on ecology and tourism.
There is particular concern about the cumulative impact of wind turbines, 28 turbines having just been completed south of Belford at Wandylaw and Middlemoor.
In addition, there is planning consent for six turbines at Barmoor and 16 turbines are proposed on the immediately adjacent site at Middleton Burn.
Energiekontor estimates that a nine turbine wind farm development would generate up to 54,005,400 kWh of electricity per year. With an average capacity factor of 27.4%, this would be the equivalent electricity usage of 11,394 households.
If the wind farm is approved, the company has pledged a one-off payment of £500,000 towards the reopening of Belford railway station. It has also promised a community fund which, based on the current proposal, would be from £54,000 to £67,500 per year.