Campaigners fear a turbine â€˜around every cornerâ€™
MEMBERS of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England have tackled Torridge District Council over concerns about its wind turbine policy.
They claim the regionâ€™s farmers are being targeted by windmill salesmen because of a perceived loophole in the councilâ€™s strategy.
They point to the 20 applications for single wind turbines - most near 35-metres high - currently going through the system.
â€œIt is now a real issue and a number of people have contacted me,â€ said Torridge CPRE chairman Penny Mills.
â€œIf nothing is done about it there could be a wind turbine around every corner.â€
Mrs Mills claimed that applications for single 35-metre turbines were not covered by the councilâ€™s policy and many of them were determined without being put before a committee.
â€œBecause of their sheer size and the impact on the rural environment and the cumulative effect, we believe at the very least they should be determined by a committee,â€ she said.
â€œAt the end of the day, these are large moving structures of over 100 feet high, which do make a noise and do have a visual impact on the countryside.â€
Academic Dr Wendy Lawrenson, who lives at Gidcott, near Holsworthy, said the council had to consider the impact of wind turbines on the district.
â€œTorridge is designated as an area of tranquillity and we need to work hard to maintain this,â€ she said. â€œPlans to erect multiple semi-industrial wind turbines stretched higgledy piggledy across Torridge must be questioned vigorously.â€
Planning officer Barbel Francis denied there was a loophole, saying the council abided by policy laid down by the government. A landscape impact survey was planned for this year, she said.
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