A special Planning Committee meeting to consider plans for a wind farm at Batsworthy Cross has been postponed. This major application was due to be discussed on Monday, February 2 at West Anstey Village Hall. However, following a consultation exercise th
A special Planning Committee meeting to consider plans for a wind farm at Batsworthy Cross has been postponed.This major application was due to be discussed on Monday, February 2 at West Anstey Village Hall. However, following a consultation exercise that has just been completed, a number of new issues now need to be considered.One of the issues follows a response from the Ministry of Defence, which is now requiring the wind turbines to be illuminated. As the proposal does not currently state that the turbines will be lit up, this late advice now needs to be discussed with the applicant. North Devon Council also intends to share this information with other interested groups, including the Council for the Protection of Rural England.New information has also been submitted from objectors, who have commissioned their own noise assessment report on the proposals. Meanwhile, the Environment Agency has asked for further clarification on what impact the application could have on private water supplies. The postponement, to consider the MOD's response, will allow both these other issues to be fully assessed.Chairman of the Planning Committee, Councillor Jasmine Chesters, said: "We realise that this application has been under consideration for a long time. "However, it is vital that the council and other relevant groups have been given all the correct information. Only then, when these new issues have been thoroughly examined, can we make a well supported decision." This assessment is expected to take a minimum of two to three weeks. Once that is done, a new date for the special planning committee meeting will be announced.