Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Villagers Turn out in Force to Find out about Farm Plan; Exhibition on Proposal for 16 Turbines

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Villagers Turn out in Force to Find out about Farm Plan; Exhibition on Proposal for 16 Turbines

Article excerpt

Byline: Brian Daniel

VILLAGERS have turned out in force to find out more about plans for a massive wind farm on their doorstep.

Scores of residents from Belford and surrounding area attended a public exhibition called by London-based Air Farmers Ltd, in relation to its scheme to build 16 turbines - each 125 metres high - at Middleton Burn, just north of the village.

The site is close to the National Trust-owned St Cuthbert's Cave visitor attraction, the popular St Cuthbert's Way and St Oswald's Way walking routes and the Holburn Moss peat bog and nature reserve.

It is just a few kilometres south west of the internationally-important Lindisfarne nature reserve and the North Northumberland dunes special area of conservation. The turbines would also be close to Northumberland's heritage coast and the Kyloe Hills and Glendale area of high landscape value.

The site is located between planned wind farms at Middlemoor near North Charlton, Wandylaw near Chathill, and Barmoor, near Lowick, which between them already have planning permission for 34 turbines. Concerns about the scheme have already been voiced by authors of the Northumberland-based wind farm monitoring website, windbyte.

Thursday's exhibition at the village's Bell View Resource Centre was attended by numerous local residents, including some who have formed the Middleton Burn Action Group.

Representatives of the Berwick Ramblers Group and the Northumberland branch of the British Horse Society were also present.

All those who The Journal spoke to voiced concerns at different parts of the proposal.

Action group member Chris Leyland, whose Greymare Farm would be just over 900 metres from one of the turbines, said: "It has created all this hostility and grief with the neighbour.

"The human cost of these is something that no one ever talks about. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.