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Coastal site set for two wind farm applications

TWO major wind turbine developments are being proposed for the Lynemouth area.

Aluminium giant Alcan is preparing to submit a planning application for permission to build one of the north east’s largest stands of windmills.

Lynemouth – as well as Ellington, Cresswell and Linton – would be overlooked by 16 giant 120-metre generators if the project is approved.

The structures are six times the height of the angel of the North with a wingspan greater than a Boeing 747 and would create electricity to feed into the national grid to power homes, businesses and schools.

Land west of Alcan’s power station-aluminium smelter complex at Lynemouth has been earmarked for the development.

John McCabe, corporate affairs director at Alcan, said: “We are preparing for the next round of public consultation.

“We are speaking to the parish councils and CELL (Cresswell, Ellington, Linton, Lynemouth) regeneration group and will take that forward with a series of public roadshows.

“The roadshows will provide people with detailed information on our proposals so if they have objections throughout the planning process, they will be informed objections.

“Our intention has always been to keep local people informed of our plans and nothing has changed.”

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Aluminium giant Alcan is preparing to submit a planning application for permission to build one of the north east’s largest stands of windmills.

Lynemouth – as well as Ellington, Cresswell and Linton – would be overlooked by 16 giant 120-metre generators if the project is approved.

The structures are six times the height of the angel of the North with a wingspan greater than a Boeing 747 and would create electricity to feed into the national grid to power homes, businesses and schools.

Land west of Alcan’s power station-aluminium smelter complex at Lynemouth has been earmarked for the development.

John McCabe, corporate affairs director at Alcan, said: “We are preparing for the next round of public consultation.

“We are speaking to the parish councils and CELL (Cresswell, Ellington, Linton, Lynemouth) regeneration group and will take that forward with a series of public roadshows.

“The roadshows will provide people with detailed information on our proposals so if they have objections throughout the planning process, they will be informed objections.

“Our intention has always been to keep local people informed of our plans and nothing has changed.”

The planning application will be submitted to either Castle Morpeth Council or Wansbeck Council while Alcan has pledged to create a community chest with cash available for local groups and projects.
Elsewhere, coal bosses plan to build a wind farm on land linked to the former Ellington Colliery.

A second stand of 120-metre turbines is being proposed by UK Coal to generate power at the shoreline near Lyne Sands, Lynemouth.

The three-turbine six-megawatt scheme is the first planned development at the site left vacant by the closure of Ellington pit a year ago.

UK Coal spokesman Chris Crouch said: “We are an energy producer and we have significant land holdings at sites across the country and we feel it is appropriate to use them.

“We also want to play our part in the government’s push to improve the use of renewable energy sources.”

UK Coal will arrange meetings with local parish councils before holding a public exhibition of its plans in March.

“We know that windfarms nationally are often a cause for concern for local people,” added Mr Crouch.

“But the public exhibition will hopefully allay any worries people may have and allow people to put forward their objections or support.”

The colliery site, which is currently being demolished, could eventually become a new housing and leisure complex under plans unveiled by UK Coal last year.


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FEB 13 2006
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