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County backs wind farm  

Devon County councillors have given their backing to a wind farm at Batsworthy Cross, near Knowstone, South Molton.

Members of the development control committee voted not to raise an objection to npower renewables’ plans for a nine-turbine wind farm, submitted to North Devon District Council.

A county council spokesperson told the Gazette that six councillors voted in favour of not raising an objection on strategic planning or highways issues, while one objected and two abstained.

Simon Holt, development manager for npower renewables, said: “This is fantastic news and demonstrates the county’s determination to responsibly tackle climate change.

“npower renewables has always been confident that we have proposed a sensibly designed wind farm project and we hope that this decision will steer North Devon District councillors to take a similar approach.”

And Mr Holt urged those in favour of the scheme to make their feelings known to North Devon District Council.

“Your opinion truly counts and it could help the area take a valuable step in the fight against climate change,” he said.

A final decision on the fate of the wind farm is likely to be made next month by North Devon District Council.


21 February 2007

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