Date for windfarm meeting

A DATE has now been set for a public meeting regarding proposals for a five-turbine wind farm.

Durham County Council representative for Blackhall, Councillor Rob Crute, who has previously appeared in the Hartlepool Mail in opposition to a planned wind farm at Sheraton, off the A19, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, has announced details of the meeting.

It will be held from 6pm-8pm, on Tuesday, March 20, at Hesleden Community Centre, in Front Street, Hesleden.

The event will be informal and based on a drop-in format rather than as a chaired meeting.

Coun Crute said: “Although it is felt the wind farm will have the greatest impact on Hesleden, High Hesleden, Castle Eden and Hutton Henry, the event will be open to the general public who will have the opportunity to voice their concerns and to put these concerns to the planners at Durham County Council.

“Having met with planners and community representatives from the parish councils in my division recently to hold preliminary discussions on the planning application, I consider that the development will have quite a dramatic effect on the villages in my ward and I want to ensure that residents are given every opportunity to have their say on the proposals.”

Coun Crute previously told the Mail his main concerns were visual impact, cumulative impact when considering the context of planned and existing wind farm sites in east Durham, as well as wildlife issues.

The wind farm is being proposed by EDF Energy Renewables, which has submitted plans to Durham County Council and to Hartlepool Borough Council as one of the 350ft structures would be situated in the town’s Hart ward.

EDF previously said the firm had carried out “considerable local consultation” and a comprehensive environmental impact study and that the majority of residents who attended public exhibitions last year had expressed their support.