Current status of windfarm sites within Morpeth:
Last updated: Jan 2015
North Covert: met mast permission expired, wind farm application abandoned
A planning application was expected during 2012 from Italian developer Falck Renewables Ltd via Coriolis Energy, with agents TNEI (Newcastle), but never materialised. A Met mast was approved on August 2nd 2011, but was never erected. Proposal zone was south of the Whalton Road at Edington, 275m from Edington residents and 650m from Molesden residents.
Tranwell: wind farm application refused
The developer, Wind Ventures, applied for permission to erect 4 turbines x 115m height (to blade tip), on site of old World War II Tranwell Airfield. This application was registered in Dec 2012 originally for turbines 126.5m in height, but was amended in June 2013 to scale down turbine height in a re-application. Local opposition was widespread and vociferous, and the scheme was unanimously turned down in County Hall on Dec 3rd 2013 by Councillors. No appeal was ever made.
The Gubeon: single turbine proposed, no application yet
Proposed site at equestrian centre between Edington and Tranwell sites. 37m hub height, 54m to blade tip. Photomontages available (contact ARM).
Fenrother: Refused at appeal
This scheme was ‘called in’ by the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, in Oct 2013, and refused in July 2014, after a Public Inquiry presided over by Inspector Philip Ware in late Aug/early Sept 2013 at Morpeth Town Hall, after EnergieKontor appealed against NCC’s refusal to grant planning permission.
Wingates wind farm: now fully operational
Rayburn Parkhead: Application refused
The Brocks, Longhirst: single turbine proposed, no application yet
Proposed site nr Longhirst. 50m hub height, 78m to blade tip.
The proposal for 6 x 120m turbines was withdrawn in November 2010 but Novera/Infinis who cited a number of obstacles: the results of the preliminary landscape assessment, ground conditions near old opencast workings, and nearby radio and telecom links.
Todd Hill: withdrawn
This proposal, near Pigdon and Stanton, was withdrawn in February 2011, following planning refusal on grounds which included visual intrusion. Developers Novera announced that they would not be launching an appeal against the decision, and were instead withdrawing their proposal.