Middleton Burn Site

The site is on Swinhoe Farm, near Belford in Northumberland, formerly part of the Middleton estate.

View Middleton Burn Turbine Site in a larger map. Turbine markers located according to OS grid references from AF. Click on markers for more information.

The turbine site extends from low ground near Belford up onto a ridge which forms part of the Kyloe Hills. It overlooks Holy Island and the heritage coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are glorious views to Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh castles.  Looking inland there are stunning views to the Cheviots and the distant  Eildon and Lammermuir Hills. Turbines that are 125m (410 ft) high on this elevated site would dominate the surrounding countryside.

It would have a particularly devastating effect on St Cuthbert’s Cave and St Cuthbert’s Way, which passes through the site, close to turbines.

The site is outside any recognised ‘area of search’ for wind development in Northumberland and flies in the face of the various landscape and capacity studies that have been undertaken in North Northumberland. The developers are also ignoring the local planning protections and guidance which make this such a poor site for a wind development of this size and character.

Turbines on this site would have a visual impact on a huge area of North Northumberland and would have major cumulative impacts with already consented schemes at Middlemoor (18 x 125m), Wandylaw (10 x 125m) and Barmoor (6 x 110.5m). Add in the consented turbine parks north of Berwick, and future travellers on the A1 between Newcastle and Edinburgh would experience sequential views of turbine arrays in what is rapidly becoming ‘a wind turbine landscape’. ‘Sequential cumulation’ is something that landscape architects have long warned against.