Five wind turbines have been approved for Holmside, County Durham, in north-east England. Derwentside District Council gave the go-ahead to Borderwind's 3.75 MW project, by eight votes to five. The site is in an area that had previously been quarried and later refilled and which was identified by Durham County Council as an area of potential for wind energy developments. Borderwind's Sandra Painter believes the outcome of the application was helped by the local council's positive approach to renewables. "They did not have the negative attitude of some councils. The planning department were very thorough, going through the points raised by local people and statutory consultees and making sure all the areas of concern were addressed." The company is now awaiting the outcome of three more applications within County Durham-all with NFFO-5 power purchase contracts. "We will wait to see what happens with the other sites before developing any of them to keep down our development costs," Painter explains.
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