A SCHEME for a 61-metre wind turbine has been criticised over fears that it will impact visually on the area and cause health problems.

Plans have been submitted by Mr and Mrs Hedley, of Burn Farm, in Crook, for a turbine on land near to Low Jacobs Hill, in Crook.

Durham County Council will decide whether to grant planning permission, but complaints have been raised by residents living nearby.

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Objectors have written to the council to outline their fears over the turbine plans.

One objector, Ray Milliner, of Helmington Row, near Crook, said in a statement: "This development would have an oppressive and overbearing impact on the tranquillity of the area which is currently enjoyed by many local people.

"This development is much too close to residential properties in every direction and it is too close to public footpaths used extensively and enjoyed by the local community.

"There is the visual dominance too as the turbine will be 61metres to the top of the blade. Turbines can have a major affect on tourism in an area and Crook is the gateway to Weardale.

"What about the effects on local livestock and wildlife, either being killed by flying into the blades or distressed by the constant hum.

‘The possible effect on health of the noise from the turbine should be considered.

"It is an established fact that low level turbine noise can be a cause of migraine, depression and sleep disturbance.

"Many people feel intimidated by these colossal machines and that we are rapidly being hemmed in by them in this part of Durham.

"The needs of the local community and businesses should take priority over the wants of one private organisation.’

Councillor Eddie Tomlinson, who covers Crook for the county, said: “I’m against it. It’s in an area that is very close to houses and there is the visual impact and the size of it.

“I’m pretty confident it will not go ahead.”

There are also fears among the objectors that, if this plan is approved, more turbines could be sought for the site.

Another plan by Crook Golf Club for a wind turbine for Low Jobs Hill, near Crook, was passed by the county council in 2012 despite strong objections.

A comment was unavailable from the applicant or his agent at the time of going to press.