Turbine plan rejection set for an appeal

THE company behind a proposed windfarm near Morpeth is appealing against the council’s decision not to grant planning approval.

Energiekontor UK Ltd submitted plans last year which would see five turbines built on farmland in Fenrother, generating electricity for thousands of local households and creating a number of construction jobs, it stated.

The company said it disagrees with Northumberland County Council’s decision and is urging a rethink about the reasons for refusing permission.

Project manager Sam Dewar said hundreds of households across the area had been consulted before final plans were put forward.

“The Fenrother site is an important project that will bring major benefits and provide a significant contribution to the area,” he said.

“This includes delivering enough renewable energy to power more than 7,900 homes.

“This could be even more once site data has been fully digested and the true high wind speeds better understood.”

The majority of the site has been designated appropriate for windfarming and this has been reinforced by the planning policy having been included as part of the secretary of state’s direction in 2007.

Energiekontor said it expects the turbines would repay the CO2 expended in their manufacture, transport and assembly within approximately six months of being operational, and all renewable energy created after this will be free for the lifetime of the site.

“There should be no concerns about any detrimental effect the windfarm might have on Northumberland National Park because the separation distance is considerable,” Mr Dewar added.

Energiekontor’s move to appeal also follows in the wake of the government’s ‘no change’ on renewable energy, which Energiekontor called a ‘strong reaffirmation’ for schemes like the Fenrother project.