Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Public Inquiry Call over Wind Farms

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Public Inquiry Call over Wind Farms

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Byline: By Robert Brooks

Anti-windfarm campaigners in Northumberland have called for a public inquiry into plans for more than 200 turbines in the region.

They are urging communities to come together to help hammer out a strategy for dealing with a deluge of applications which they say will change the face of the countryside.

In the north of the region alone, there are currently five proposals which combined mean at least 70 turbines set in just 30 miles between Alnwick and Berwick.

The Government is keen to promote wind farms as a key element in meeting the country's commitment to produce 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2010. Last night, Wandylaw protest group leader Dominic Coupe urged everyone with a view to make their voice heard.

Mr Coupe, whose family farm at North Charlton, between the Middlemoor and Wandylaw sites, said: "There are a variety of applications outstanding, some of which will be decided by the local authorities, while other larger schemes like Middlemoor will be handed over to the DTI. …

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