North of England developer Borderwind is forging ahead on all of its seven projects which secured power purchase contracts under the last round of the Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation-NFFO-5. The company has applied for planning permits for two schemes in Derwentside in County Durham: three turbines totalling 2.4 MW at High Hedley Hope, and five turbines totalling 4 MW at Holmside Hall. Borderwind hopes to lodge planning applications for its other five projects-all located in the north east or in Wales-by the end of July. Meanwhile, in early May, the company, based in Hexham, Northumberland, formed a joint venture with small developer Ecogen to take forward plans for Ecogen's huge 80 MW project in Kielder Forest, Northumberland. Ecogen applied in 1993 to the Department of Trade and Industry for planning consent, but the project has been stalled by the sole unresolved objector-the Ministry of Defence which is concerned about the wind farm's effect on its radar communications. Borderwind's David Still is optimistic there will be some movement forward on the planning front shortly.
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