Turbine plans put forward to council

Daniel Leahy from RES with residents at the exhibition in Wingates Village Hall earlier this year.
Daniel Leahy from RES with residents at the exhibition in Wingates Village Hall earlier this year.
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PLANS for a new windfarm in the Northumberland countryside have been made official.

The Rayburn scheme is a joint five-turbine venture between British renewable energy company RES and BT. The site is 2km to the north of Netherwitton and 5km south of Wingates.

Local residents are currently going through the proposal, which includes a community benefits package, but an action group has indicated that it will be putting forward an objection.

Both companies had previously submitted plans for turbines on adjacent sites. BT’s bid was turned down by Northumberland County Council, while RES withdrew its plans before an inquiry into non-determination of its application.

Helen Wilson, RES Project Manager, said: “We would like to thank everyone who took part in our public consultation to share their knowledge of the area and their views about the proposal.

“We have taken their feedback into account when preparing the application and we hope that the county council’s planning committee will agree that the proposed five turbines have been carefully and considerately sited to maximise the generation of renewable electricity while minimising local impacts.”

John Thompson, of the Wingates Not Windfarms group, said: “RES and BT may not consider the visual impact to be significant, but everyone living near the site certainly does and we’re disappointed they’re saying that because there is a windfarm already in the area, it is now a windfarm landscape.

“I’m also concerned that RES will come forward with another non-determination appeal to try and bypass the county council process.”