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Approval given for 72m-high turbine by lake at Rexon Cross

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 01, 2012

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A planning inspector has approved an application for a 72m turbine to be erected above a popular lake.

Torridge District Council refused the application from Aspire Planning Ltd in June for the turbine at Rexon Cross near Broadwoodwidger.

The turbine will be near to Roadford Lake and 9km from Dartmoor National Park.

Aspire Planning Ltd has confirmed that now permission has been granted, construction was due to start in the middle of next year and that a community fund of £5,000 per year from the turbine would be set up for those living locally to benefit.

The turbine will be decommissioned and removed after 20 years.

South West Water, which runs Roadford Lake, had concerns when the application was first submitted, about the adverse effect the turbine would have on a proposed holiday village they plan to build near the lake.

However, the inspector believed the turbine would not have an adverse effect.

The decision was based on the fact there are already three turbines operational 1km from Tamar Lakes, also run by South West Water, which have had no adverse effect on tourism.

Councillor Rosemary Lock, chairman of the plans committee, which turned down the application, said: "The inspector made his own independent assessment and decision."

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  • Countrylover  |  December 03 2012, 5:27PM

    As it had been refused permission then it should have stayed that way, there are just too many. As the ones near Barnstaple were made in Germany, I feel there will be few local people employed. The lorries rushed around the lanes as though they were on a motorway. To set up a so called community fund of £5,000 is peanuts, to me a bribe to get people use to the idea. The holiday village will certainly be affected as although it seems many towns people approve of wind turbines they will be put off more than one holiday there even if they enjoy the holiday, they also would not even like living near one. Its also been proved that they are costing households and extra £170 per year. Its time all planners, councillors stopped making such decisions.

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  • sandman18  |  December 02 2012, 6:52PM

    How many long term jobs do you think these foreign made wind turbines are going to bring to this county ? The more they build the more likely people will be forced into fuel poverty!!. As of today they have taken from the electricity bill payers more than £370 Million pounds in subsidie payments and constraint payments (£2.7 million) before they get paid for the electricity they somtimes generate. It will be a lot more than this as the national grid only report on around 4,000 of the 6,000 wind turbines built and the goverment want another 10,000 at least. The only sensible alternative is Nuclear and we should have been building Thorium Reactors years ago not wasting money on Wind Turbines.

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  • James19A  |  December 01 2012, 4:27PM

    I am glad that the planning inspectorate understand the need for energy security and jobs in this region, and don't bow down to those who want to inflict fuel poverty and unemployment on the rest of us by opposing wind turbine developments.

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