Newton Aycliffe anti-wind farm petition launched

A County Durham MP has launched a parliamentary petition against plans to build one of England's largest wind farms.

The proposal, by energy firm E.ON, is for up to 45 turbines on land alongside the A1 near Newton Aycliffe.

Sedgefield Labour MP Phil Wilson said the county had already "played its part" in renewable energy.

E.ON said it was still in the early stages, asking for community feedback on how the site would look.

It has extended its consultation on the project until October.

'Community feedback'

Mr Wilson said: "I am campaigning against this not from a position of being nimbyist but saying we have played our part.

"We all want to benefit from renewable energy, but I also think we should share the burden as well.

"It is not just Northumberland and Durham that should be taking up the strain on this, it's also the rest of the country."

He said he believed the capacity had been reached in terms of the number of turbines in the area.

Cara Ponton, from E.ON, said the turbines would generate enough power for about 53,000 homes.

She said there had been a mixture of reactions so far and that they wanted people to play a part in shaping the look of the site.

She said: "It's still very early days. We've just opened up the consultation on this site.

"We have put together three proposals and what we are looking for really is community feedback so we want everybody to put forward their views."

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