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Giant offshore wind farm application begins its planning journey

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 18, 2013

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Plans have been formally submitted for a massive wind farm ten miles off the North Devon coast.

The Atlantic Array, billed as one of the largest green energy projects of its kind in Europe, is to be considered by the Planning Inspectorate.

The footprint of the project had been scaled down and the maximum number of turbines reduced from 278 to 240. But Peter Crone, a consultant for the firm behind the plans, RWE, has revealed that just 150 turbines could be erected at the offshore site.

North Devon Council and Torridge District Council said the application was submitted by Channel Energy Ltd last Friday.

If the plans are accepted for consideration both councils will be asked to comment.

Mike Edmunds, executive member for strategic planning at North Devon Council, said: "It's a big deal for the local area so it's important we consider everything and make the appropriate recommendation."

Chairman of the local authorities' Atlantic Array Steering Group, Geoff Fowler, said reports are now being prepared

"A Government decision is some way off but we need to consider the balance in economic terms against any disruption to communities and any possible community benefits packages that will be forthcoming during the construction stage – it is so important for many reasons."

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