Windfarm scheme thrown out

Nearby Rayburn Lake, which gave the windfarm scheme its name.
Nearby Rayburn Lake, which gave the windfarm scheme its name.

A controversial windfarm bid, near to an existing six turbines, was thrown out by councillors tonight.

At this evening’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s planning and environment committee, the five-turbine Rayburn Lake windfarm near Netherwitton was recommended for refusal.

RES UK and Ireland Ltd’s bid for five 127-metre-high turbines between Wingates and Netherwitton has been unpopular, sparking 159 objections from residents and three from parish councils.

The planning officer pointed out that the turbines at the nearby Wingates windfarm are 110-metres-tall, while even the Cramlington turbines are three metres shorter at 124-metres-to-blade-tip.

An agent for the applicant attempted to point out the weaknesses in some of the proposed reasons for refusal, but the committee was happy to follow officer advice and refuse the application.

For more, see Thursday’s Morpeth Herald.