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Byline: SOPHIE BARLEY

THE manager of a popular Teesside attraction has welcomed plans to build a pounds 45,000 wind turbine at the site.

A planning application to place a 15m high wind turbine at Newham Grange Farm, in Coulby Newham, has been submitted by Middlesbrough Council which runs the attraction.

If the plans get the go-ahead the turbine, which would generate 40% of the farm's electricity, could be erected as soon as April.

The National Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC) carried out a study for the council to find potential locations for wind turbines and solar panel installations in Middlesbrough and the Wykeham Way facility was chosen.

The report states that the turbine would cost the council pounds 45,000, but would produce a pounds 136,000 profit over 20 years.

The Evoco 10kW turbine will save about 13 tonnes of carbon emissions which will produce additional financial savings.

Mark Saunders, manager at the farm, said it would be a "great long-term investment" for the farm.

He said: "It will be a good thing if we get this wind turbine. Middlesbrough is a 'One Planet' council for its environmental achievements and the wind turbine would cut the electricity costs here.

"It is a long-term investment for the farm and anything that will bring in money is welcomed.

"It is not going to be particularly big. We already have a telephone mast near where it will be placed and it won't even be as big as that."

Mr Saunders said children who visit the farm will also benefit.

He said: "We hold educational visits and it will be great for children to learn more about wind turbines, and how they work. We hope to get a model of it so the children can see exactly what it is doing and how it is affecting the farm."

Jeff Duffield, public health, performance and development manager for the council, said there had been no objections to the plans.

Mr Duffield said: "The wind turbine would offer a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of renewable energy, counter the expected rises in electricity prices and add to educational programmes.

"The forecasted generation capacity of the wind turbine would produce 40% of the farm's electricity."

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POWERFUL: Farm manager Mark Saunders at the site of the wind turbine at Newham Grange Leisure Farm, Coulby Newham.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Jan 14, 2012
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