THE home of the Countess of Arran could be making its own electricity in the future following a planning application to place a hydro power generator on the Fortescue Estate. It seeks to place the generating device known as an Archimedean screw turbine on

THE home of the Countess of Arran could be making its own electricity in the future following a planning application to place a hydro power generator on the Fortescue Estate.

It seeks to place the generating device known as an Archimedean screw turbine on the weir site on the River Bray which once powered Filleigh sawmill.

Through agents Renergy Ltd of North Molton, Lady Arran has lodged the planning bid with North Devon Council. If successful it is expected the turbine would create enough electricity both to power the house at Castle Hill and to sell some back to the national grid.

The amount generated depends on the river flow, but could be around 90,000 kilowatt hours per year.

The application would need to satisfy the Environment Agency that it would not have a serious environmental impact, particularly on fish migration.