National Wind Power has lodged a new planning application for a 15 MW wind farm at High Moor in Durham. The company's previous application was rejected by Teesdale District Council because of its visual impact. This time, the number of turbines has been reduced but not at the cost of output. Instead NWP plans to build 25, 600 kW machines rather than 30 at 500 kW. "We have also taken the opportunity of reducing the maximum tower height from 40 metres to 35 metres," explains NWP's John Ainslie. "That has taken into account some of the original objections on landscape impact." He claims the revised scheme has the support of the local Barningham parish council which had backed the previous application. Ainslie is confident of securing planning consent this time round. "It is a project that I do feel extremely positive about. We have had so much encouragement from the majority of people locally, from landowners and from Friends of the Earth," he says.
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