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Tuesday, 25 June, 2002, 13:56 GMT 14:56 UK
Wind turbine opposition grows
Northumberland wind turbine graphic
The turbines will tower at 300 feet high
A plan to build some of the UK's tallest wind turbines in Northumberland is being resisted by residents.

National Windpower wants to erect the 300-feet high turbines at New Moor House near Alnwick.

The company says the structures - three times the size of the Angel of the North - will generate enough electricity to power 2,400 homes.

But local people say the turbines will destroy the area's beauty and could be a distraction to drivers.

wind turbines
The turbines will generate power for 2,400 homes

Alnwick District Council, which is being recommended by officials to approve the turbines, is due to make a final decision on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for National Windpower said: "We were originally approached by a local landowner who is interested in green energy and we are supporting him.

"The site is very windy and well contained and is highly suitable for harnessing clean wind energy.

"The turbines are big and are never going to be invisible, but they should act as a reminder of our responsibility to the environment."

'Tourist route'

The Royal Air Force is conducting its own investigation into whether the turbines will affect low-fly exercises carried out over Northumberland.

Businessman Chris Blyth lives just 500 metres from where the turbines will be sited.

He said: "The turbines are going to be sited near the A697, which is one of the worst stretches of road in the North East and also a popular tourist route.

"The other aspect we are concerned about is the visual impact of these structures on one of the most beautiful areas of the country."

If approved, the scheme will be operational by the summer of 2003.


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