Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Farm Turbines Put the Wind Up Residents

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Farm Turbines Put the Wind Up Residents

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Byline: Brian Daniel North Northumberland reporter Brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk

PLANS to site wind turbines on farms at two Northumberland communities close to the county's national park are facing opposition from residents.

A planning application for an engine on a farm at Powburn, has attracted more than 40 objections.

And a bid for a turbine on a farm at Thropton is to be the subject of an appeal, having already been refused by council planners following more than 100 objections. The Powburn application is for an 11kW turbine 24.5m high to blade tip, 18m to hub, on agricultural land within Breamish Park Farm, once the home of former Journal correspondent Willy Poole but now occupied by John Stanners.

Northumberland County Council's website yesterday featured 44 letters of objection from residents.

The Ministry of Defence has also objected citing impact on its Brizlee Wood radar.

Among the objectors is self employed gardener Pru Redman, 46, who lives around 3.5km from the site, between Glanton and Branton, and says the turbine would be directly opposite her home.

She said: "It is not aesthetically pleasing. They are just horribly ugly things.

"You can see it from the national park. It is going to affect tourism.

"For the amount of power they need for a farm it is far too big."

Simon Maden, agent for the application, last night said the turbine would allow Mr Stanners to switch from oil heating to electric, claiming it would cover 55% of his heating requirements as well as his electricity.

"The turbine is a low carbon reduction programme for John Stanners. It is helping to sustain the economy."

He pointed out that there is no opposition from the local parish council and said of the objections: "There are very few that have any substance."

Mr Maden claimed the type of turbine proposed is the "quietest in the country."

The agent said the applicant planned to withdraw the proposal and resubmit with a tower three metres smaller in order to satisfy the MoD's objection. …

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