Northumberland wind turbines




Brian Daniel


The Journal



Farmer's victory in turbine fight with North council

A NORTH council could be forced to review the way it handles controversial wind turbine applications after losing a battle with an anti-wind farm campaigner.

Northumberland County Council has conceded defeat in its fight with landowner Andrew Joicey over its handling of three approved applications for single turbines in the Berwick area.

The applicants behind the schemes have had now their planning permissions revoked and their bids will have to be redetermined.

The council is having to pay Cornhill farmer Mr Joicey's costs of more than £10,000.

Mr Joicey, who was part of the Save our Unspoilt Landscape group which previously unsuccessfully fought plans for turbines at Barmoor, last night said the outcome would mean the council would have to handle future applications differently on matters like noise and cumulative impact.

One of the three applicants said the issues Mr Joicey had challenged the council over had not affected the authority's decision and said he expected to be given approval a second time.

But he criticised the council for failing to stand its ground and said the outcome would mean a delay in his project proceeding which would cause him to miss out on higher payouts.

The applications for single turbines were for Wark Common, Brackenside and New Haggerston, all of which had attracted a series of objections. They were granted approval by the council's North area planning committee at its meeting in February, in line with officer recommendations.

Mr Joicey sought a judicial review of the decisions, listing eight specific areas of criticism.

Now it has emerged that the council has accepted either fully or in part five of the areas raised by Mr Joicey, on noise, cumulative noise impact and cumulative visual impact.

The other points related to environmental impact assessments and consultation.

The council's acceptance meant a court hearing was not needed, while the authority agreed to pay Mr Joicey's legal costs of £10,745.76.

Mr Joicey last night said he hoped the outcome would mean the council "will have to be more rigorous" in handling applications.