Each turbine would have a maximum height to blade tip of 125 metres. The council accepted that the site could accommodate a small wind farm subject to agreement on turbine number, siting and height. But it was concerned about the wind farm's visual impact on a nearby plateau-like feature.
The inspector agreed that the scale of the development would be significantly more intrusive than neighbouring schemes, particularly in views from a long-distance public footpath. One turbine 700 metres from a house would have an overbearing and dominant impact, he found.
In response to concerns about interference with radar systems serving Newcastle Airport, the inspector considered there was a reasonable prospect that a technical solution would emerge within five years. He decided that this matter could have been dealt with through a condition had he been minded to allow the appeal.
Inspector: David Rose; Inquiry