NEWS

Ditchburn Wind Farm Project

Public exhibitions are being held in South Charlton and Eglingham in September to introduce local people to a proposal for a wind farm on Ditchburn Farm, north of Eglingham Village in Northumberland.

The proposed Ditchburn Wind Farm is planned to consist of up to 9 turbines with an installed capacity of up to 27 megawatts (MW) and has the potential to generate enough electricity to power more than 17,000 homes.

Wind farm developer, PNE WIND UK Limited, expects to lodge a planning application for the Ditchburn Wind Farm by January 2015. Over the next few months PNE WIND will be consulting local communities, meeting with Parish Councils, and holding two rounds of public consultation exhibitions. At these events members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions. The exhibitions will also have an interactive 3D computer visualisation which offers a scale representation of how the proposed wind farm would appear from different viewpoints.

The September Exhibition dates are:

  • Tuesday 23rd September 4pm-7.30pm at South Charlton Village Hall
  • Wednesday 24th September 4pm-7.30pm at Eglingham Village Hall

Laura Jeffrey, PNE WIND Project Manager:

"Wind energy is starting to fulfil its potential in diversifying and strengthening our energy supply. Figures this August showed that wind exceeded the rates of electricity production by coal on five separate occasions and overall generated 10% of the nation's electricity in the month. If consented, the Ditchburn Wind Farm will further strengthen this contribution and help create a more diverse and stable energy supply.'

As well as generating a significant amount of renewable energy, the proposal would bring a range of other benefits to the local community such as contract opportunities for local businesses during construction. PNE will also be meeting new government guidance and providing a community benefit fund of £5,000 per MW of installed capacity. These funds provide an unparalledled opportunity for the community to invest in their area, whether in new community services, improved transport, tourism infrastructure, apprenticeships or environmental improvements, creating a positive legacy from the wind farm for years to come.

"We hope that many members of the local community will come along to these events to find out more about the wind farm proposal and give us their feedback."