AN application to erect a wind farm on land to the east of Witheridge is expected to be submitted to North Devon District Council in the spring. Proposals for a four-turbine development known as the Franklyn Wind Farm are being drawn up by NUON Renewables

AN application to erect a wind farm on land to the east of Witheridge is expected to be submitted to North Devon District Council in the spring.Proposals for a four-turbine development known as the Franklyn Wind Farm are being drawn up by NUON Renewables, the Penzance-based subsidiary of nv NUON, a leading Dutch energy utility.The layout is based on a 70-metre rotor diameter turbine with a maximum height of 100 metres.The scheme would contribute up to eight Megawatts of clean electricity towards Devon's renewable energy target of 150 MW by 2010, said NUON Renewables spokesperson, Alan Boyd-Hall."NUON will be carrying out pre-application consultation regarding their proposals in anticipation of making a formal planning application to North Devon District Council in the spring of 2008," he added."NUON is also undertaking a comprehensive environmental impact assessment covering a range of issues such as landscape, visual impact, ecology, air traffic safety, archaeology, noise, and transport. "This has included the recent siting of noise monitoring equipment at four neighbouring properties to aid the noise assessment to ensure the amenity of local residents is protected.