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Residents fear second turbine plans near Molesden

RESIDENTS in a rural part of Northumberland are facing a second wind farm fight.

Ann Rutter from Morpeth who is opposed to plans to build a windfarm near to her home

RESIDENTS in a rural part of Northumberland are facing a second wind farm fight.

People living at a series of hamlets south west of Morpeth already fear a turbine bid is on the horizon for a site near Molesden, following the approval of plans for a monitoring mast.

Now, they are facing a second battle, with another company having announced it is looking into the possibility of putting four turbines at the site of a former RAF base.

In August, Newcastle based TNEI secured planning permission from Northumberland County Council for an 80-metre monitoring mast near Molesden, which will stand for three years. That application was opposed by local residents, who sent in 25 letters to the planning authority, and formed the Action for Rural Morpeth group.

Parish councils at Whalton, Mitford and Meldon also objected.

Now, green energy company Wind Ventures has announced it is looking into the possibility of putting four turbines at the former Tranwell Airfield site, said to be around a mile South of the TNEI site.

Last night, one resident who objected to the TNEI scheme spoke out against the Wind Ventures project. Ann Rutter, a member of the action group, claims the TNEI turbines would be half a mile to the North of her property at East Edington Farm, and the Wind Ventures project half a mile to the south.

“This property has definitely ended up the ham in the sandwich,” she said.

The 69-year-old says the TNEI scheme has already affected the value of her property, with two bids for it having fallen through since June after the interested parties were told about the possibility of turbines.

Wind Ventures has developed six wind farms in the UK and overseas since the early 1990s, totaling 77 turbines.

 

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