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Turbine protestors stage balloon demonstration  

Wind turbine protestors have flown a balloon, or “blimp” over Batsworthy Cross to help raise local awareness of what they say will be a blip on the landscape.

The 103 metre-high weather balloon – the same height as each of the nine generators proposed by energy company npower -was flown by Two Moors Campaigners at the site near Knowstone, South Molton.

The group also marked the outline of one of the proposed turbines, including blade diameter, in the same field.

“The demonstration highlights the sheer size of npower’s proposals,” Two Moors Campaign secretary Caroline Harvey, told the Gazette.

Anita Cole, who lives within half a mile of the site, said she was amazed at the size of the 86-metre diameter blades.

“The blimp gave us an idea of the height, although not the massive size of these industrial monsters,” she said.

“It wasn’t until we marked out the plans to scale that I really began to realize their actual size.

“They will clearly be visible for miles.

“Our farm backs onto one of the fields where one of the turbines will be situated. We’re going to be overshadowed by these things.”

North Devon District Council has conducted various statutory consultations prior to determining the application.

So far, the authority has received objections from Rackenford and Creacombe parish council, Mid Devon District Council, and the Exmoor National Park Authority.

Last week, Devon County Council’s development control committee voted to defer judgment on the application to enable councilors to make a site visit on February 14.


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