Green light for Batsworthy turbines as High Court bid fails


- Credit: Archant

Judge endorses planning inspector’s decision to pave the way for development of nine 103 metre turbines near South Molton.

Protestors highlighting what they said would be the scale of the Batsworthy turbines during a demons

Protestors highlighting what they said would be the scale of the Batsworthy turbines during a demonstration in 2007. - Credit: Archant

A legal challenge against a controversial nine turbine wind farm at Batsworthy has been rejected by a High Court judge.

It appears to be the end of a seven saga and clears the way for energy giant RWE npower renewables to build the 103 metre turbines at Batsworthy Cross near South Molton.

The legal challenge was mounted by an unnamed local resident after a government planning inspector found in favour of the company in October following a 15 day public inquiry.

North Devon Council’s planning committee had unanimously rejected the 18 megawatt scheme in 2011.

Lews Elder of RWE said the judge’s decision once again emphasised that Batsworthy was a well-designed wind farm and had ‘proved its merit at every opportunity’.

He continued: “The wind farm will have an installed capacity of up to 18MW and generate enough clean energy to meet the average annual needs of the equivalent of approximately 8,700 homes.

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“As well as a community benefits scheme of up to £450,000 for the local area over the lifetime of the project, the wind farm could also create economic benefits for the area, with local suppliers and contractors with appropriate skill well placed to tender for contracts.

“We will now be liaising closely with the local authorities to co-ordinate the discharge of planning conditions in preparation of the construction of the wind farm. We will continue to keep the local community informed as we progress.”

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