Church reveals North Devon turbine plans

Exeter Diocese applies to spread six turbines across three farms it owns in the region.

THE Church of England in North Devon has joined the green energy debate by submitting plans for a total of six wind turbines on its land.

The Diocese of Exeter has applied to North Devon and Torridge district councils to place two 24.8 metre turbines on each of three tenant farms it owns in West Anstey, Chittlehampton and Black Torrington.

The church said it was “committed to protecting and preserving God’s creation, through shrinking our carbon footprint” and was working to meet national targets of reducing emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

The proposed turbines are Gaia 11 kW machines with a total height of just over 80 feet, which the diocese says is a very popular machine with rural businesses, farms and properties.

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It said the technology was “proven, safe, reliable and quiet with more 100 installations” and tenants’ day-to-day farming activities would be undisturbed.

“The production of more renewable energy in Devon will not only reduce our carbon emissions and protect our environment, it will also help safeguard our children’s future,” said the Archdeacon of Barnstaple, David Gunn-Johnson.

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“By looking at wind energy, we are being responsible stewards of the land God has given us to look after, for future generations.”

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