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New wind farm report submitted to Torridge council

By WMNAGreenwood  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

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New environmental information has been submitted to a Devon council to support a controversial bid for six 375ft (115m) wind turbines.

Opponents of the scheme at St Giles on the Heath, fear the wind farm would “overwhelm the unspoilt natural landscape” and have raised concerns that populations of birds, bats and rare butterflies will be hit.

EDF Energy Renewables has now confirmed it has submitted supplementary environmental information to Torridge District Council in support of its planning application turbines at Hollow Panson.

It originally company submitted its plans for the 12MW development, east of the A388, between Launceston and Holsworthy, in December last year.

In response to a number of environmental issues raised during the public consultation period, the firm has tabled a series of new technical reports to update the environmental statement which accompanied its first application.

The new information includes revised noise assessments to address issues raised by the council’s noise consultant.

Further ecological work has also been carried out to consider any potential effects on dormice, bats and butterflies, as well as hedgerow species.

Tim Wheeler, onshore wind development manager at EDF Energy Renewables, said: “The further environmental information we have provided is in direct response to the issues raised by the council and its consultees.

“No design changes have been made to the proposed development. However, the latest report presents the most up to date environmental information on the project and incorporates any new requirements under updated legislation or planning guidance since the original planning application was submitted.

“All of the investigation work we’ve undertaken at the Hollow Panson site supports our view that the location has good potential for wind farm development.”

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  • Terence2008  |  December 15 2013, 12:42PM

    By Terry C of Devon. "The Folly Of Wind Turbines" The Applicants for these so called save the world Wind ' not much energy projects' must surely be realising by now. People are more educated to the workings of these Wind Turbines, which comments I have often heard quote, 'Wind Turbines are as much good as a chocolate teapot' this sums up the Folly our Coalition Government who are taking us into the future with the countryside covered in rusty and useless Wind Turbines. My comments above are due to my caring of the English countryside and the research into Wind Turbines, which I am sure everyone carries out before making a 'comment' !

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  • PAWB46  |  December 15 2013, 7:10AM

    I think it should have read: Tim Wheeler, onshore wind Development Manager at EDF Energy Renewables, said: "All of the investigation work we've undertaken at the Hollow Panson site supports our view that the location has good potential for EDF Renewables to make a huge amount of money from the subsidies, (which we will send back to France) whilst at the same time destroying the beautiful Devon countryside, making life a misery for the nearby residents, putting up electricity prices and increasing fuel poverty."

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