A planning inspector is preparing to hear evidence on controversial plans for nine wind turbines on the edge of Exmoor.
RWE Npower Renewables’ proposal was rejected by North Devon District Council last year, despite a planning officer’s recommendation to approve it. But the application attracted strong local opposition, and today a planning inquiry will determine whether it goes ahead.
The hearing will be held at Bishops Nympton Parish Hall in South Molton, Devon.
The wind farm could have an installed capacity of 18 megawatts which is enough to supply the equivalent of approximately 8,700 homes.
Project developer Chris Nunn said: “Batsworthy Cross is an excellent location for a wind farm and we have good grounds for appeal.
“The wind farm could help reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions and provide opportunities for local contractors.
“The area stands to gain a community fund of £1,000 per megawatt per year for the life of the wind farm. This could mean up to £360,000 for the local community over the lifetime of the wind farm, with local people having a say on how it would be spent.”
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