TORRIDGE and West Devon MP Geoffrey Cox has met members of a group opposing plans for a third wind farm development in the Bradworthy area.

STOPIT - the Stop Turbine Onshore Proliferation in Torridge - say its members would be adversely affected by the proposal to site six 409ft high turbines at Harbour Cross, north-east of Meddon, near Bradworthy.

The Forest Moor wind farm outside Bradworthy is already operating and another has been approved at Galsworthy, East Putford.

The group met Mr Cox on Friday and presented him with copies of letters from both the Ministry of Defence and the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in which they set out concerns about the potential application by a Reading firm.

Mr Cox said: “It does seem as though the specific realities of this potential wind turbine development would give rise to very grave concerns and I intend to monitor closely the progress of this application. It seems to be more than usually inappropriate to develop 400-feet tall turbines in a location immediately adjacent to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

“Such an application in this particular area of Devon would be likely not only to affect those living near to the turbines, but also the trade of local pubs, guest houses and b&bs which rely heavily upon tourists coming to the area for the unspoiled tranquillity of our landscape.”