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Secretary of State to rule on windfarm

Hexham-based AMEC Wind Energy has put in the plans for the 20-turbine scheme on Lord Devonport’s remote Ray estate.


The proposed windmills will each stand over 400 feet high to the tip of the blades.

Each is designed to generate three megawatts of power, giving a total for the site of 60 megawatts.

This is sufficient to satisfy the requirements of over 33,000 households – a quarter of the population of Northumberland.

The formal AMEC application is the first of several expected in the Kirkwhelpington area, following its identification by the Government as a preferred site for the development of alternative energy sources.

If all the proposed schemes are agreed, the Wanney area could eventually house more than 100 turbines.

But AMEC is confident that not all the schemes on the table will come to fruition.

The schemes have so far met with much hostility, but the majority will be decided by the DTI in London, rather than local councils.

The formal application follows a series of public exhibitions held in September.

AMEC started to investigate the Ray estate site in the early 1990s, but development work was delayed while discussions were held with the Ministry of Defence, operators of the nearby Otterburn Army Ranges, to get clearance to pursue the development.

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The proposed windmills will each stand over 400 feet high to the tip of the blades.
 
Each is designed to generate three megawatts of power, giving a total for the site of 60 megawatts.
 
This is sufficient to satisfy the requirements of over 33,000 households – a quarter of the population of Northumberland.
 
The formal AMEC application is the first of several expected in the Kirkwhelpington area, following its identification by the Government as a preferred site for the development of alternative energy sources.
 
If all the proposed schemes are agreed, the Wanney area could eventually house more than 100 turbines.
 
But AMEC is confident that not all the schemes on the table will come to fruition.
 
The schemes have so far met with much hostility, but the majority will be decided by the DTI in London, rather than local councils.
 
The formal application follows a series of public exhibitions held in September.
 
AMEC started to investigate the Ray estate site in the early 1990s, but development work was delayed while discussions were held with the Ministry of Defence, operators of the nearby Otterburn Army Ranges, to get clearance to pursue the development.
 
The site has been designed to minimise impact on the local landscape, and complies with regional and local planning policy guidance for renewable energy development.
 
It is sited outside of any nationally designated areas.
 
AMEC has pledged to use so-called “floating roads” to minimise impacts on local ecology, hydrology and archaeology.
 
Sensitive bird nesting areas will also be avoided, and a habitat management plan implemented to include measures to restore and enhance moorland habitats to the north of the site.
 
Managing director of AMEC's wind energy business David Hodkinson said:“We have worked very hard to address environmental issues during the design of the proposal and are pleased our final submission has been designed sympathetically to the surrounding local environment.
 
“AMEC’s policy is to develop wind farms that make a positive contribution to the local economy.”
 
The full planning submission will be presented at public exhibitions early in the New Year.



Source: http://www.hexham-courant.c...

DEC 16 2005
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