DEVELOPERS behind plans for a controversial wind farm are trying to win over local people.

Proposals by Broadview Energy for the turbines between Seamer and Hilton, near Yarm, have met with protests from local people who have won the backing of the two constituency MPs, Labour's Dari Taylor, and Conservative William Hague.

Stockton South MP Mrs Taylor says the place for the five planned 120m-high turbines is in the North Sea, or on redundant Ministry of Defence land, not in the countryside.

Representatives from Broadview this week visited Whinstone Primary School, Ingleby Barwick, to talk to children about renewable energy and wind farms.

Lisa Ross, community relations manager for Broadview, said: "The group of ten kids we met were very articulate and passionate about renewable energy.

"They knew a lot about the need for the UK to reach Government targets, but also asked a lot of questions about our wind farms and how they will help to shape future energy supplies in this country.

Mike Poppitt, headmaster at the school, said: "As an ecoschool we are very keen to educate children about our environment and ways to sustain our planet's resources for future generations.

"Developing an understanding about the technologies for producing energy in sustainable ways and some associated issues is a key part of their learning."

A series of events to consult with the public on its planned development will be organised by Broadview Energy.