Berwick wind turbine plan looks set to get the green light

Plans for two wind turbines at Berwick which have split opinion are being recommended for approval by Northumberland County Council

A wind farm
A wind farm

Plans for two wind turbines in the Northumberland countryside which have split opinion look set to be approved.

An application for generators on farmland near Berwick has drawn 69 letters of objection from local residents plus one from the local parish council.

Creators of a petition of 1,000 signatures against turbine development in the area have also voiced fears the project will cause “harm to the scenery” and potentially pollute the town’s water supply.

Yet 52 letters of support have been penned and county council officers are now recommending the plans be approved because of a need for renewable developments.

The application is from Simon Maden of Maden Eco in Berwick and seeks two engines with a tip height of 46m on farm land North West of Murton White House at Tweedmouth, close to the A1.

The proposals have divided opinion with 69 objectors writing to Northumberland County Council citing impacts upon residential amenity including noise, landscape cumulative impact, ecology, highways, tourism, and impacts on cultural heritage assets.

Opposition has also been based on impacts on landscape visual amenity and on the character of the landscape.

Ord Parish Council has also objected citing adverse impact in terms of noise, residential amenity, cumulative impact, landscape character, wildlife and ecology, aviation and highway safety.

The Tweedside Action Group, which is fighting the application and another at Tweedmouth, set up a petition to the county council calling for an end to wind development in the Berwick area, which over 1,000 people signed.

Group member Stephen Lowdon, who lives at Ord, said: “We have serious concerns about this application as the landscape to the North of Berwick has already been disfigured by a wind turbine at the Steps of Grace with another two proposed close by and now this application will do a great deal of harm to the scenery to the south of the town.”

Mr Lowdon also voiced concerns that drilling for the scheme could see the aquifer which supplies drinking water to Berwick polluted, with evidence of mining having taken place in the vicinity.

“Berwick’s underground water supply is not being adequately protected from water pollution.”

A total of 52 letters of support have been lodged with the county council. Supporters have cited the need and principle for renewable energy developments, the benefits for the environment, the need for more turbines and solar panels, the presence of established landscape screening, the contribution in the reduction in C02 emissions and the scale of the proposed turbines in terms of their height.

And the county council’s planning and environment committee is being recommended to approve the application at its meeting next Tuesday.

Mr Maden could not be contacted for comment.

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