Tranwell Airefield Windfarm

ClientWind Ventures Ltd
LocationNorthumberland
Services

Background

A four-turbine windfarm proposal at the former Tranwell Airfield, Northumberland. A contractual agreement with the landowner meant the proposals had to be promoted through the planning system, even in the event of a potential negative officer’s recommendation.

Key project information

The site, a former RAF Airfield during WW2, remains mostly derelict with agricultural uses and overgrown public rights of way, whilst a number of original buildings and features remained in situ. Due to the site’s unique history, a campaign was developed that focused on these assets.

How we assisted

We were instructed to promote the proposals to local community and political stakeholders, through the identification and mobilisation of third party advocates as a rebuttal to negative messages from local opposition groups.

Contact was made with the local RAF Association and it was agreed that, if the proposals were successful, then the history of the site would be commemorated through onsite history boards. In conjunction with SUSTRANS, plans were promoted to establish new routes across the site, opening it up for local use. A leaflet with these details was then distributed to the wider community with a feedback mechanism. This led to the identification of further supporters who were then contacted by the supporters’ organisation.

Outcome

The supporters’ organisation lobbied councillors in favour of the application before committee through telephone, email and letter based contact and placed supportive pieces in local print media. Representatives attended and spoke in favour of the proposals at the Central Planning Committee meeting. Supporters were active and ready to act as community endorsers in the event of the client submitting a planning appeal.