Decision date looms for Exmoor windfarm

Batsworthy Cross application likely to go before the council next month

NORTH Devon Council is expected to determine a long-running application to build a wind farm at Batsworthy Cross, near Knowstone, next month.

The proposals for nine 103metre 2.5MW turbines on the boarders of Exmoor were submitted to the council in November 2006. The Gazette understands that they are likely to be heard by the planning committee on February 2.

Applicant RWE npower renewables was asked to provide more information on lighting, hydrology and noise following a number of large-scale public consultation exercises.

Similar applications by Coronation Power and Airtricity at neighbouring Bickham Moor and Three Moors were both dismissed on appeal by the Planning Inspectorate in January last year.

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A further application by Devon Light and Power for two 100metre turbines at Cross Moor is still to be determined by the council.

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