Wooler turbine gets green light from county planners
CONTROVERSIAL plans to install a 24.5m tall wind turbine on the outskirts of Wooler have been approved by Northumberland County Council’s planning and environment committee.
The application, for a single 11kW Gala turbine at Highburn House, Burnhouse Road, was recommended for approval by planning officers but had attracted 37 letters of objection along with concerns from Wooler Parish Council.
These centred on the turbine’s impact on the national park, residents of Broomey Road, the St Cuthbert’s Way footpath and the nearby Humbleton Hill fort. There were also fears it would have a detrimental impact on local tourism and spoil the tranquillity of the area.
However, it would also save around 12.9 tonnes of carbon per year and four letters in support of the application raised the need to take action to stop global warming.
The application was withdrawn prior to last month’s committee meeting after English Heritage asked if it could comment on the proposal but planning officers still advised on Tuesday that the proposed small scale wind turbine would not have a significant impact within the town and surrounding area, including the national park.
The turbine will be located 195m to the west of the main building at Highburn House, located on the north western edge of Wooler.
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