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Relief for campaigners as controversial wind farm rejected

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 23, 2011

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Campaigners shed tears of relief last night as councillors revealed plans for a controversial wind farm had been turned down after a five-year battle.

North Devon Council’s planning committee yesterday unanimously turned down an application to build a nine-turbine wind farm close to the southern border of Exmoor National Park.

At a packed meeting specially staged at Bishops Nympton, more than 200 people listened to the arguments for and against energy company NPower Renewables’ application for the 100-metre tall turbines at Batsworthy Cross near Knowstone.

Planning officers had recommended the application for conditional approval.

However, most of the speakers invited to comment were against the plans and all 13 councillors on the committee rejected the plans for the giant wind-farm.

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  • RealEnergy  |  June 23 2011, 1:48PM

    Thank you to the councillors and sanity has prevailed... It was an inspiring afternoon and the handful of supporters (Green Party and developers) were clearly outnumbered with the 'so called silent majority they claim are in favour' missing once again... It was evident that the vast majority of local people do not support the destruction of our beautiful countryside and the councillors made the right decisions. Let us hope that neighbouring councils will take note and protect our scenic Devon for present and future generations! Well done to everybody who fought for many years for something we can all enjoy!

  • Stork  |  June 23 2011, 12:45PM

    Good job, well done. Can all the other wind turbines now be dismantled ?

  • PAWB46  |  June 23 2011, 11:19AM

    This is excellent news. The councillors have seen the devastating impact of the Fullabrook turbines (externally imposed by an Inspector appointed by the countryside hating Labour Government) on the glorious north Devon scenery and want no more devastation on the gateway to north Devon.

  • Nymptony  |  June 23 2011, 11:02AM

    The planning committee deserve a huge vote of thanks for standing by the locals against the Goliath developer. This windfarm would have ruined the views between the two moors and damaged the wildlife for no benefit to anyone but npower and a couple of landowners. This onshore wind power agenda is beginning to be seen in its true colours. It's not about ecology, it's about money. Power companies are now being paid to turn these generators off! I was at the council meeting, and strong views were expressed on both sides, but for the local people, it was all about the peace, tranquility, and unspoilt nature of the area. Thank you again, Councillors, children not yet born will remember your brave decision.

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