Planners approve Newton Tracey turbine

10:00 07 June 2014

Consent has been given for a wind turbine near Newton Tracey.

Consent has been given for a wind turbine near Newton Tracey.

Archant

Go-ahead given for 260ft-high generator, despite concerns raised by parish councils.

PLANS have been passed for a 260ft-high wind turbine near Newton Tracey.

The single turbine at Lower Litchardon Farm – around 3km south of Fremington – was given the go-ahead by North Devon Council Planning officers on Thursday, despite concerns from neighbouring parish councils.

Horwood Lovacott and Newton Tracey Parish Council and Fremington Parish Council both recommended refusal due to the impact on wildlife and local residents, and the turbine’s proximity to other consented schemes at nearby Knowle Farm and Collacott Farm.

Concerns were also raised by Westleigh Parish Council.

The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) also opposed the plan for similar reasons.

Speaking to the Gazette following the decision, Penny Mills, chairman of the CPRE Torridge branch, said the turbine was equivalent in height to a 26-storey building.

“We are extremely disappointed that NDC has approved this application for something which will have such an impact over such a wide area of our North Devon countryside,” she said.

The applicant said the turbine would make a ‘significant contribution’ towards renewable energy targets and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions during its 25-year life span.

1 comment

  • Yet another blot on the North Devon landscape which will do nothing other than line the pockets of the developer and landowner. Due to the intermittent output of wind generators, wind generators require continuous and inefficient back-up from conventional power stations - otherwise the lights WILL go out. Every one of these things which is put into operations costs every single consumer more on their electricity bills. Without subsidy, dragging more and more people into fuel poverty, wind turbines would not be a viable proposition.

    Report this comment

    roland-smith

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 23:16
The scene on the A39 tonight after two cars collided and caught fire. Picture: Kathryn-Racheal Ring

Road closed and reports of one man dragged from a blazing car as emergency services rush to the scene

Read more
Yesterday, 14:08
Green Lanes in Barnstaple.

Green Lanes Shopping Centre, Tuesday, August 4

Read more
Yesterday, 13:11
Phil Rayment photographed the Velella Velella on Westward Ho! beach.

Creature found on Westward Ho! beach is identified as a ‘by the wind sailor’.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:44

Police appeal for information after three birds found dead following ‘rare’ poison attack

Read more
Yesterday, 09:41
Do you recognise any of these items recovered by Barnstaple police?

Police have released a series of images of silver items believed to have been stolen in Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Bideford and South Molton.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:10
The scene of the fire in Torrington.

A woman was taken to hospital after five fire crews battled to fight blaze at Torrington terraced home.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:20
Fiona Leighton-Fowler with Jessie Head, Marie Curie fundraiser for Devon. Picture: Sarah Howells

Braunton woman is raising money for Maria Curie by completing 50 challenges ahead of her 50th birthday.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00
Sunshine at the North Devon Show.

The North Devon Show returns on Wednesday, August 5, with a jam-packed list of events. Find out 10 of the best things to look forward to here...

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00
ndg Orchard Vale Exmoor Youth Challenge Team with money raised.

Pupils raise £475.50 for Children’s Hospice South West with charity trek.

Read more
Thu, 14:41

Young people sprayed from passing car with ‘aggravating’ mysterious liquid

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition


North Devon's trusted business finder