Proposals for the wind farm were first announced in 2004. The decision by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) to grant consent to npower renewables follows a three-week public inquiry into the scheme which concluded in December 2007.

Once operational, this wind farm is expected to generate enough power to supply the average needs of some 27,600 homes, the equivalent of every home in both Alnwick and Berwick.

The Middlemoor wind farm will comprise 18 turbines, each with a height of up to 125m, and will have a total generating capacity of between 54MW and 75MW.

Paul Cowling, managing director of npower renewables, said: We are delighted that John Hutton and Malcolm Wicks have decided that we can construct and operate the Middlemoor wind farm. Of course, we will continue to work with local communities, and are committed to substantial efforts to protect and where possible enhance the environment.