Wind turbine proposals gain support

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PEOPLE living near a proposed wind farm north of Morpeth have spoken out in favour of the plans.

Hundreds of letters of support have been received for the development at Fenrother, set to generate greener electricity for households in the county as well as creating new jobs.

Energiekontor UK, the Leeds-based company behind the scheme, claims its tally of pledges of support is nearing 400 as Northumberland County Council planners weigh up its proposals to put up five 126m-high wind turbines on farmland at Fenrother.

The company has been consulting locally in a bid to drum up support for the turbines.

If approved, the turbines will generate enough electricity for up to 7,900 households.

Sam Dewar, Energiekontor’s project manager, said: “Final plans are progressing, and we’re delighted to have received so many pledges of support for the wind farm.

“People are not only seeing the importance of using power supplied from renewable sources but recognising that wind farms have to be developed to provide this power in the future.

“There is clearly a strong groundswell of opinion, with many people able to see the scheme’s benefits and clearly in favour of us progressing further.”

Not all neighbours of the site are in favour of the wind farm, however.

A protest group set up to fight the plans claims to have received 1,000 letters of objection.