Haydon Bridge school turbine plan approved

A SINGLE wind turbine which sparked a protest petition has been given the go-ahead.

A SINGLE wind turbine which sparked a protest petition has been given the go-ahead.

The 15.3-metre, six-kilowatt turbine at Northumberland County Council-owned Waite Farm, near Haydon Bridge, will feed green power to the new zero-carbon learning centre at the village High School.

Petitions were placed in a number of village shops and tenant farmer Peter Telfer also joined the objections. But the proposal has now been voted through unanimously by the county’s Planning and Environment Committee.

Vice-chairman Coun Simon Reed said: “I think the more we can do to encourage our young people and the community to learn what wind farms are, so we can have reasonable discussion, is going to be a good thing.” Mr Telfer fears the turbine will upset some of his 300 sheep and 80 head of cattle. But planners say the turbine’s “contemporary but sympathetic” design would harmonise with the surroundings.

Committee Chairman Coun Trevor Thorne received assurances two turbines wouldn’t be built.

 
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