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Wind farm plan sparks joint public meeting  

A public meeting has been called to discuss plans to house a second wind farm on the outskirts of a North Devon village.British wind energy company Coronation Power is looking to site up to four turbines at Wheelers Cross, just over a mile east of Bradworthy, capable of generating power for thousands of homes.

The turbines, if approved, could impact on the villages of Bradworthy, Sutcombe and Putford.

As a result the three parish councils have joined forces and are hosting a public meeting in Sutcombe at the end of this month.

Sutcombe parish council clerk Diane Poole, said: “As parish councils we felt we should arrange something to give parishioners more information on the proposals and the chance to air their views.

“We believe the main concerns are the efficiency of the proposed turbines as we understand the Bradworthy ones are not as efficient as people were led to believe.

“And there have been questions over the close proximity of the plans to the turbines at Bradworthy.”

Diane said the proposed turbines would be sited in Sutcombe and Putford, but could be seen from Bradworthy, impacting on all three villages.

Bradworthy became home to North Devon’s first wind farm two years ago when German company Energie Kontor erected three 250ft giants at Stowford Cross.

The Bradworthy League Opposed to Turbines – BLOT – was formed to fight the village’s first wind farm, and after hearing last year of plans for a second one, vowed to maintain its opposition.

A temporary monitoring mast was installed to assess the suitability of the site at Wheelers Cross for a wind farm.

And following a consultation and feasibility study, Coronation Power reduced the height of the turbines from its original proposal of 125m to 75m.

It is hoped the managing director of Coronation Power and another representative will be at the meeting and give a presentation. Torridge and West Devon MP Geoffrey Cox will be in attendance and answering questions. Torridge district councillors have also been invited.

The meeting is due to take place at Sutcombe Village Hall on Friday, June 29 at 7.30pm.

Western Morning News

14 June 2007

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