Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

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

08:00

Happy ending for three week old kittens left in a box and covered in chemicals

Read more
Yesterday, 19:30

With Dogs Trust Ilfracombe

Read more
Yesterday, 18:27

Revamp for community recording and rehearsal studio thanks to North Devon Homes and its partner Westcountry Maintenance Services.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:45

A sudden bout of avian malaria has wiped out the entire collection, with many old friends lost

Read more
Yesterday, 16:14

Don’t miss a series of great shows starting form January 2017

Read more
Yesterday, 14:56

National clothing retailer White Stuff is opening up a brand new shop in Barnstaple High Street.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:02

Police appeal for help to try and locate missing Michael Ralph Irwin, who is thought to be with his two dogs.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:35

Food lovers reminded to save the date for annual feast at Barnstaple pannier market

Read more
Yesterday, 12:35

Carnival revellers beat the rain as a good night is enjoyed by all at South Molton

Read more
Yesterday, 11:25

Peter Heaton-Jones has pledged to support our #BarnstapleBaby campaign and says he is fighting for North Devon’s services ‘at the highest level’.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 15°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

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

Read Online

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

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications