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Northumberland windfarm plans rejected by government

Plans for two windfarms near Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland have been rejected by the government.

Your Energy wanted to put up seven turbines at Moorsyde, while RWE npower renewables hoped to build a farm of the same size at Toft Hill.

John Denham, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, ruled both projects would have an adverse impact on the landscape.

But he approved a third development for six turbines at nearby Barmoor.

We will be looking in detail at the reasons given for the refusal in order to learn any lessons
John Ainslie, RWE npower renewables

All three proposals were rejected in 2008 by the now defunct Berwick Borough Council.

The developers appealed, and a public inquiry was held in summer 2009.

Mr Denham ruled that the Moorsyde scheme would have a major adverse effect on the landscape and views of the Cheviots, while the Toft Hill project would have an unacceptable impact on the Duddo Standing Stones - a prehistoric stone circle.

He said the Barmoor project, submitted by Catamount Energy, would also have an impact on the landscape, but that it would be limited by surrounding hills and woodland.

John Ainslie, head of consents for RWE npower renewables said: "We are very disappointed not to have received permission for Toft Hill Wind Farm.

"We remain of the view that it is a high quality proposal, but we will be looking in detail at the reasons given for the refusal in order to learn any lessons."

Richard Mardon, managing director of Your Energy, said: "We are disappointed with the decision. Our proposal was in a designated area for wind farm development, and we hold the view that the environmental benefits of the project would outweigh any negative impacts."

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