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Opponents demand new wind farm noise tests

Plans for six 375ft (115m) wind turbines in Devon have provoked detailed opposition from residents, including claims that wild birds, bats and rare butterflies will be adversely affected.

EDF Energy Renewables’ proposed wind farm at St Giles on the Heath, near Launceston would “overwhelm the unspoilt natural landscape” of the Carey Valley, opponents claim.

The Hollow Panson Turbine Opposition Group has objected to the proposals, which are yet to be considered by councillors at Torridge District Council.

The group says the scheme conflicts with many national, county council and district policies because the turbines are both too large and too numerous.

It lodged serious concerns about the noise monitoring exercise, claiming monitors were placed at some of the noisiest locations in the area rather than at quieter properties. A spokesman added: “The exercise to measure background noise was totally unacceptable, and was carried out with no consultation at all.”

Supporters want the entire background noise assessment exercise to be repeated – under the supervision of an acoustician appointed by Torridge District Council – with data for wind speeds taken from the anemometer mast now in situ at Hollow Panson.

Tim Wheeler, EDF Energy renewables onshore wind development manager, said: “The environmental assessment is a thorough and robust examination of the issues raised in the proposal, including noise levels and impact on wildlife.

“A number of detailed comments have been made by the local opposition group and of course we will be examining them in detail and will be happy respond to the council in due course.”