The Joint Structure Plan Nature Conservation Policy N1 states, with
regard to International Sites and Species : "Development which may
adversely affect a..site which is not connected with, or necessary to
the management of the site, will not be permitted unless it can be
demonstrated that there are imperative reasons of overriding public
interest for the development and there is no alternative solution.."
The international SSSI and SAC of Ford Moss is just 250m from the nearest turbine and 2 others would also be sited in extremely close proximity..
Ford Moss is a largely intact 46 hectare bog in undulating topography in the
rain-shadow of the Cheviot Hills. Although partially drained, the
re-wetted surface contains many waterlogged areas with species typical
of peat-formation. Thus, although there are drier purple moor-grass Molinia caerulea-dominated parts, it is considered to be predominantly active raised bog.
There is a 12 m depth of peat within the confining basin. The
vegetation includes species of raised bog as well as poor-fen, which is
also indicated in places by the presence of white sedge Carex curta where water runs into the bog from the surrounding slopes.
Biodiversity Action Plan Key areas
Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Habitats
Showing approximate turbine positions
right in the middle of 3 key areas (See below)
"Northumbria's outstanding natural heritage strengthens and diversifies the Region's economy and benefits our living and working environment. As the Government Agency championing nature conservation, English Nature is committed to working with those who live, work and seek recreation in the north east to give the Region a truly sustainable future.
Nature conservation is about safeguarding the
rich variety of plants and animals, and the habitats in which they
live. This rich variety is known as biodiversity. Biodiversity enhances
the quality of our life and provides an inspiring and stimulating
environment in which to live. As a direct result, it can also attract