Judgement day for Holsworthy wind farm

TORRIDGE planners have received almost 400 representations regarding an application for the erection of four wind turbines at Brandis Corner, Holsworthy. Of these, 250 are against the proposal and 149 in favour. The council's planning committee is visitin

TORRIDGE planners have received almost 400 representations regarding an application for the erection of four wind turbines at Brandis Corner, Holsworthy.Of these, 250 are against the proposal and 149 in favour.The council's planning committee is visiting the site today (Wednesday) and will consider the proposal at its meeting tomorrow.The proposed turbines would have a total height to blade tip of up to 105 metres and form an eight to 10 MW wind farm that it is estimated would generate electricity for 80-85 per cent of the year.Council officers are recommending that the application by Bolsterstone Innovative Energy Ltd should be refused.In recommending refusal, officers list that the applicants have failed to demonstrate that there would not be an unacceptable impact on the amenity of nearby residents by virtue of noise, on wildlife and the ecology of the area, on the cultural heritage of the area, or that it would not have an adverse visual impact.They are also concerned that given the sensitivity of the site it would be premature to allow the development without adequate wind data.


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