Britain’s oldest national conservation body, the Open Spaces Society, has lodged an objection to plans to build nine 360ft high wind turbines on the edge of Exmoor, which it said would be a “blot on the landscape”.
The Open Spaces Society (OSS) has submitted an objection to North Devon District Council against the plan by npower renewables to build the turbines at Batsworthy Cross between South Molton and Tiverton.
Kate Ashbrook, the OSS’s general secretary, said the turbines would be visible for many miles and would spoil people’s enjoyment of the area.
“People’s quiet enjoyment of these lovely areas will be ruined by this gross intrusion on the landscape,” she said.
“The site is next to the lovely, ancient commons and open land of Haresdown, Knowstone and Rackenford Moors, where the public now has the right to walk, under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.”
She said that the site was close to the popular Two Moors Way long-distance path, which links the Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks.
“The turbines will no doubt have a detrimental effect on the economy of the area, which depends on tourism, because people will decide not to visit what has become an industrial landscape.”
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