More than 80 attend BT wind farm exhibition

MORE than 80 people attended an exhibition at West Down on BT s plans to build three wind turbines at Great Shelfin Farm, Ilfracombe. Sophisticated computer modelling was available for people to see the expected appearance of of the turbines from differ

MORE than 80 people attended an exhibition at West Down on BT's plans to build three wind turbines at Great Shelfin Farm, Ilfracombe.

Sophisticated computer modelling was available for people to see the expected appearance of of the turbines from different locations.

Comments ranged from support for the proposals to inquiries about the visual impact of the turbines and whether this might affect any local business.

Tom Martin, head of partnerships for BT's wind farm projects, said: ""As a result of recent consultations which have taken place with the local community and planners, the maximum height (to the very tip of the blade) of the turbines has been reduced from up to 125 metres to 99.5 metres.


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"The exhibition was valuable for BT as it gave us the chance to listen to comments and answer questions about our proposals. We are committed to maintaining open dialogue about our plans and welcome the opportunity to meet, and hear opinions from, individuals and groups. We have also been carrying out one-to-one briefings around the area and are keen to continue these throughout the planning process.

"We are aiming to apply for planning permission later this autumn and at this stage are undertaking an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the site. This report will form part of the planning submission. The comments we received at the exhibition will be included in the Statement of Community Involvement, which will also be part of the planning application.

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"By the end of next week, we will have launched the BT Wind for Change web page for Great Shelfin, which will carry further information about our proposals. In the meantime people can find out more about why BT is involved in developing green energy at www.btplc.com/climatechange and follow the Wind for Change link.

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