Plan for 100m tall turbine

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A planning application has been submitted for a 100m tall wind turbine at Charlton Mires, near South Charlton.

The proposed wind turbine is on land owned by Martin Beal and would enable the 160 acre sheep farm to be 100 per cent carbon neutral.

The application has been submitted to Northumberland County Council by Redpath Energy which says the 1.5MW turbine would provide annual electricity for 917 households.

The proposed site is 220m north of the B6347 and 470m west of the A1.

It lies close to the existing wind farms at Middlemoor and Wandylaw.

The original proposal upon which pre-application advice was sought was on the basis of a 126m tall wind turbine, but it was reduced due to its perceived visual impact.

“The reduction in height enabled the proposed turbine to be seen either contained within the grouping of existing wind turbines at Middlemoor and Wandylaw or within the visual envelope of these,” states a report to planners.

Mr Beal has attempted a number of farm diversification projects in recent years.

“A number of opportunities for diversification have been looked into and attempted,” states the report. “These have included farm shops at Rock Midstead and Rock Nab, which were found to not be economically viable concerns.

“Noise from the A1 led to the prospects of a five-pitch caravan site not being taken further, leaving caravan storage as the only current viable diversification enterprise.”

A final decision will be taken by the county council.

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