Turbines held out of scale with landscape character

An inspector has dismissed plans for four wind turbines in Northumberland on the basis that their scale would undermine landscape character and local residents' amenity.

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

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