AN "overwhelming" case has been made for guidelines setting out how far wind turbines can be sited from people's homes in Northumberland, campaigners claim.
Northumberland County Council’s planning chiefs are to consider the issue after the vast majority of people responding to a consultation called for such guidelines to be drawn up.
The authority announced it will undertake further work on the creation of a policy which would set out separation distances which developers would have to abide by.
An anti-wind campaigner in the county last night welcomed the idea, saying Northumberland should follow in the footsteps of other local authorities that have created such policies.
Opposition councillors in the county who have previously called for guidelines on the subject said the case for a policy is now overwhelming, and called for immediate action.
The council has carried out consultation on its core strategy, which will result in creation of a planning framework for Northumberland.
The consultation document asked “in the absence of new national guidance should the core strategy include minimum or recommended separation distances between commercial scale wind developments and residential properties and other sensitive developments?”
A total of 505 responses were made online.
And a spokeswoman for the authority said: “In response to the issues and options consultation there was widespread support from residents on the question of whether the core strategy should include separation distances between wind farms and properties.
“The council is still considering the responses to the consultation and is undertaking further work which includes looking at the merits of identifying separation distances.”