Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tory Admits He Did Know of Turbine Bid; Neighbours' Fury at Denial by Councillor

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tory Admits He Did Know of Turbine Bid; Neighbours' Fury at Denial by Councillor

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Byline: Brian Daniel

A LEADING Northumberland Tory at the centre of a row over a wind farm bid on his land has admitted he was wrong to deny knowledge of the proposal.

But Peter Jackson, leader of the Conservative opposition group on Northumberland County Council, has denied being the applicant for the scheme. The Journal reported last week how plans had emerged to put a single 77.9m (255ft) turbine on land south west of East Coldcoats Farm at Ponteland, owned by Coun Jackson and his wife Val, who live at Edge House, Belsay.

The application was from Green Energy Ponteland Ltd and was submitted on its behalf by land agent George F White.

Coun Jackson, a former leader of Castle Morpeth Borough Council, last week told The Journal he had no knowledge of the application until it was lodged with the authority and denied being actively involved in the proposal, saying the applicants are "not connected to me at all".

He refused to say whether he was for or against the scheme, and whether he would allow the turbine to be built on his land if it is given the go-ahead.

Angry neighbours called on Coun Jackson to make clear his views on the application, and said he was "asking people to stretch their imagination a little" in denying any involvement.

Now Coun Jackson has admitted to The Journal he had been wrong to say he had known nothing of the application until it was submitted.

He said: "It is true that I was contacted by George F White about the possibility of a planning application, ahead of it being submitted.

"However, I was not aware of the details or timescale of the planning procedures, which is what I meant to express previously, albeit imperfectly. I accept that I might have been clearer on this point."

Objector Gerald Vineberg lives with wife and three children at East Coldcoats, 470m (0. …

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