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Appeal over turbines  

A power company has launched an appeal over its plans to build a £3million giant wind farm just outside Kingsbridge.

Earlier this year villagers rose up against plans to build the three 300-foot high windmill turbines on land at Beech Tree Farm, East Allington. Now the company behind the project, the Cornwall Light and Power Company, has launched an appeal against South Hams Council planners’ decision to boot the project out.

The date of the appeal hearing, which will take place before a Government inspector, has yet to be set.

The power company plans for the three turbines are virtually identical to ones put forward by npower more than three years ago. They were withdrawn before they got to the planners because of the strength of opposition from villagers.

The resurrected plans provoked a new round of protests from those living in Goveton, East Allington and Buckland tout Saints where campaigners protested that the turbines would be so big they would be visible from the sea in Start Bay.

The application was rejected by South Hams councillors in April this year.

The reasons given for the refusal included the ‘unacceptable impact upon the character, natural beauty and special qualities of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.

The councillors also claimed the turbines would have an ‘unacceptable impact on the distinctiveness of the local landscape’ while the noise and visual impact would result in a ‘significant loss of amenity’ for residents living nearby.

Herald Express

15 November 2007

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