CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans for a £12.5m wind farm are appealing for people who live near giant turbines to get in touch.

The Hamsterley and Upper Gaunless Action Group (HUGAG) is hoping residents whose lives have been affected by the presence of turbines elsewhere in the county will come forward to share their experiences.

The group is battling proposals for five 115m-high turbines at Windy Bank, near Hamsterley Forest.

HUGAG spokesman Peter Shield explained the group hoped to counter comments made in response to the County Durham Plan consultation which support the building of turbines within a distance of six times their height.

“HUGAG is fairly certain that a number of Durham residents have suffered an unacceptable impact as a result of living near wind turbines, both in the Tow Law area and elsewhere in the county,” said Mr Shield.

“Let us know of any such cases, either experienced first hand or that have affected people you know.”

The group can be contacted through its website,