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Batsworthy wind farm inquiry is set to reopen

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 19, 2012

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A public inquiry into a controversial wind farm application is set to reopen to consider highways safety issues.

The hearing sat for three weeks between June 12 and July 6, to consider RWE Npower Renewables' application for nine 103-metre-high turbines near the edge of Exmoor, in North Devon.

Now the planning inspector has decided to sit again tomorrow.

The application was rejected by North Devon District councillors in July, against the advice of its officers.

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The company argued the development was needed to help meet Government renewables targets, but locals claimed the environmental and social impact outweighed that need.

The inquiry will reopen at 10am at Bishops Nympton Parish Hall. The public will be notified of arrangements, but the Inspector does not expect to invite further representations from them.

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