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Step closer to second wind farm  

Fears are growing that a second wind farm could soon be built near Bradworthy. Plans for a monitoring mast not far from the home of North Devon’s first set of turbines have been given the go ahead by planners.

The 55m high temporary structure will monitor the suitability of the site at Wheelers Cross for a wind farm.

British wind energy company Coronation Power is proposing to site four turbines each measuring up to 76m high at the site which is just over a mile east of Bradworthy.

Following a consultation and feasibility study, the company has reduced the height of the turbines from its original proposal of 125m. They will be capable of generating power for up to 3,000 homes.

Vickram Mirchandani, Coronation Power’s managing director, said: “The mast will provide us with valuable data on the site’s viability as a location for a wind farm. We are also considering other issues such as the ecology and hydrology of the land and surrounding area, and landscape and access issues.

“As a result of the first phase of our work we have reduced the height of the turbines to blade tip by 40% from 125m to 75m so the proposed turbines will be the same height as the Forest Moor turbines.

“Since announcing our outline plans earlier this year, we have received a fair level of feedback from local people, both for and against, and we will wish to speak further with local people once we have determined our plans.”

BLOT – Bradworthy League Opposed to Turbines – which fought Bradworthy’s first wind farm, has vowed to maintain its opposition.

Spokesman Tony Brewington said: “We are monitoring the situation and did object to the monitoring masts. We are concerned this could be the start of a second wind farm. However, the process takes some time and we are hoping there may be a change in policy before another wind farm is implemented here.

“Wind turbines only produce power when the wind is blowing at the right speed and conventional power stations still have to back them up. They will never achieve what they set out to do and the money that is put into them would be better spent on other forms of energy like tidal that is more reliable and sustainable.

“Wind farms are a blot on the landscape with no real practical use.”

Bradworthy became home to North Devon’s first wind farm last year when German company Energie Kontor erected three 250ft turbines at Stowford Cross.

Coronation Power said it is hoping to submit a planning application in the middle of next year.


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