Turbine set for green light

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Plans to build a wind turbine at Breamish Park, near Powburn, are being recommended for approval by Northumberland County Council.

The application by John Stanners for the 21.5m tall mast is due to be determined by the planning and environment committee on Tuesday.

More than 50 objections have been submitted citing concerns about the impact on tourism, listed buildings, ecology and residential amenity.

There are particular concerns that it will set a precedent for more small scale wind turbines in the area.

David Rough from Powburn said: “The proposed turbine is of commercial proportions and too large for private use.

“Northumberland has already more than its fair share of wind turbines. Not only is it in an area of natural beauty but it is very close to the national park and will be seen for miles around including from the national park.”

However, it is being supported by Hedgeley Parish Council and no objections have been raised by statutory consultees.

Planning officer Ian Birkett states: “The proposed wind turbine would occupy a small portion of the landscape and views would be limited due to local topography, the scale of the development and existing vegetation.

“The impact upon residential amenity would not be sufficient enough to warrant refusal and there would not be a significant impact upon ecology, cultural heritage, highways or aviation safety. The benefits arising from renewable energy are sufficient to outweigh the limited impact on the local landscape.”

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