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Planning Approval For Lynemouth Windfarm in Northumberland


Following a successful planning appeal, ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) has been granted planning permission for Lynemouth Windfarm.

Located approx 2km north of Ashington, Northumberland, adjacent to the Rio Tinto Alcan Lynemouth Smelter, the windfarm will comprise of up to 13 turbines with the capacity to produce 30MW of clean green energy, enough to power over 16,000 homes.

Split over two council areas, the planning applications were submitted in November 2006 with Wansbeck Council minded to approve the project with Castle Morpeth rejecting the submission.  The planning appeal was then heard in April 2008.

Keith Anderson, Director, ScottishPower Renewables said: “SPR is delighted with today’s announcement and the findings of the planning appeal process.

“We now look forward to progressing construction of the project and adding renewable energy generation to the area’s long standing industrial heritage.”


  • The integration of Iberdrola and ScottishPower, successfully completed on April 23 2007, has created a new organisation, which is one of the largest electricity groups in Europe with an enterprise value of around €80 billion, a presence in more than 30 countries and 22 million points of supply. The new group is also the world’s number one renewable energy operator with 7,000 MW of installed capacity and a pipeline of more than 40,000 MW.

For further information, contact:

Paul Ferguson, ScottishPower, 0141 566 4515 / 07702 665 924

John McCabe, Corporate Affairs Director, Alcan Aluminium UK Ltd
Tel: 01670 393 534 (direct) or 07736 103 158