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Council to consider turbine plans  

Mid Devon District Council will soon be called upon to weigh up the pros and cons of two new applications for wind turbine schemes sited within the Mid Devon area.

Renewables firm Coronation Power submitted a planning application last week to build four turbines at Bickham Moor, between Knowstone and Oakford.

Danielle Milne, Coronation Power’s spokesperson, said the company believed the scheme had “massive benefits for the local community”, contributing to meeting local, national and international renewables targets.

Caroline Harvey, secretary of the Two Moors Campaign, which was set up to oppose wind turbine proposals on the southern fringe of Exmoor, said: “These proposed turbines are 110m high and will have a massive visual effect on the area for very little gain in terms of carbon emissions.”

Knowstone resident Richard Delf said: “These companies are jumping on the financial bandwagon and we are all paying for them to make immense profits at our expense.”

A further application for the conversion of barns at Manley Farm, Halberton, into eight dwellings, the erection of one dwelling and three 17.5m high wind turbines has also been submitted to the planning department.

Halberton Parish Council has recommended refusal of the proposal on the grounds of the proposed development being outside the settlement limit, the intrusiveness of turbines in the countryside and visual impact.

Western Morning News

4 December 2007

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