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Action committee to fight wind farm plans  

Residents of a small North Devon village have formed an action committee in protest of a proposed wind farm which they claim will be detrimental to the area.

Villagers of Brandis Corner, near Holsworthy, almost unanimously voted to oppose any future planning applications for wind turbines at an open public meeting at the Bickford Arms on Tuesday, June 3.

Their decision follows the news that there will be a proposed development of up to four wind turbines at Brandis Corner by development firm, Bolsterstone, who are already assessing the area with Arcus Renewable Energy Consultants.

The meeting, attended by around 80 locals, heard from a parish council representative of the actions currently underway by Arcus in support of a proposed planning application for the 125 metre high turbines on land to the south west of Dunsland Cross, around 300 metres away from the village.

The anti-wind farm action committee, known as the Dunsland Turbine Opposition Group, is headed up by Steve James, a resident of Dunsland Cross.

Steve said: “For some time now I have been well in favour of wind power but, having done some research into it recently, I have discovered that turbines can damage the health of those located nearby.

“It’s mainly the low frequency range noise that they emit. It jiggles the bones in your body and leaves you feeling exhausted, a number of studies confirm this.

“Also, while I can live with the visual impact the turbines have, it will definitely devalue my house when I come to sell it.”

The group are currently carrying out research and raising funds to hire specialist consultants to look into the matter.

Steve added: “We recommend that all turbines should be a minimum of two kilometres from residential areas.

“We’re going to throw all we can at it.”

Mike Corker, director of Bolsterstone, said: “Our studies on the site are not yet complete and it is therefore difficult to make specific comments.

“However, our ecologists and other specialist consultants have been undertaking various works on the site over the past year or so and have consulted with all the statutory bodies involved to ensure that any development is in line with current best practice and in conformity with planning regulations.

“Once we have sufficient information, we will be organising an exhibition where local residents will be able to discuss their concerns with our staff.”

Joel Cooper

Western Morning News

19 June 2008

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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