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Parish council rejects giant turbine scheme

Members of Blackawton Parish Council have voted to reject an application for a 150 foot tall wind turbine on land at Ritson.

The parish council oppose the planning application for the 250kW wind turbine on grounds of insufficient information and ‘because of insufficient attention being paid to the local impact of the scheme’.

The application for land at Blackberry Barn, Ritson, has been put forward by Suffolk based energy company, Mosscliff Environmetal Ltd.

The massive turbine is planned to have a hub height of up to 30 metres and an overall height, to blade tip, of up to 45 metres. In their response to South Hams Council regarding the proposed turbine, the parish council says that they ‘found the application to be poorly constructed and either lacking in key points of information, or including conflicting statements’.

At the parish council meeting last week, councillors raised specific issues concerning noise, lack of community benefit, the impact on the landscape and the impact on local wildlife/ecology.

In their response the parish council said: ‘The parish council’s own discussions raised a number of issues. As you will be aware, Blackawton supports the development of renewable energy but, clearly each application must, and will, be judged on its merits and any other impacts of proposed schemes.

‘These include the benefits to the local community (with specific support reserved for community-based or owned schemes) and the impact on the local landscape in accordance with Government and South Hams Council’s own policies.’

This response comes as many local residents who live within close proximity to the site have been voicing their opinions on the proposed application.

Many claim the installation of a wind turbine of that size will not only have a detrimental effect to the nearby landscape, but also to the area’s tourist trade, stating that: ‘To allow structures such as this to proliferate in this area, will only serve to drive away those who contribute to that leisure industry by returning to holiday here year after year’.

The public consultation on the planning application ends on Monday.

It will then go before South Hams planners.