April 16, 2008

Turbine referendum for Devon residents

People living near a proposed scheme for two wind turbines in north Devon are to be given a vote on the plan.

A cheese producer near Bideford suggested the turbines in a bid to make his produce more eco-friendly.

Peter Willes, from Parkham Farms, said energy produced by the turbines could make his creamery carbon neutral.

But following objections, Torridge District Council will hold a ballot on behalf of Parkham Parish Council. About 600 parishioners are eligible to vote.

The results of the referendum will not be binding on district planners, but will form the response of the parish council to the application.

Nelson’s Column

Garry Jennings, who lives near the proposed site and is a member of Parkham Parish Conservation Association (PPCA), said it was a beautiful, rural area, while wind turbines were industrial structures not in keeping with the countryside.

Parkham Farms employs about 50 local people and uses milk from local farms.

Mr Willes said the turbines would generate more than 9000 mw hours of electricity.

At 100m (328ft) high, the structures are nearly twice the height of Nelson’s Column.

The PPCA said it was not opposed to renewable energy, but the scheme proposed was, in its opinion, totally inappropriate for the area.

It said noise generated by these “industrial scale monstrosities” was a particular concern.

The referendum will be held at Allardice Hall on Thursday, 24 April, with the polling station open from 1600 to 2100 BST.

A district council spokesman said 641 Parkham parishioners are eligible to cast their vote on whether the planning application should be rejected.

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