Batsworthy Cross Wind Farm

A Devon wind energy project has been approved after a 6 year wait in the UK planning system.

The first 9 wind turbine planning application was delivered to North Devon Council offices in 2006 in a unique journey by train. Over 5 years later the Council decided to refuse the proposal despite its own officers recommending the wind farm should go ahead.

The renewables arm of energy giant RWE decided to appeal the rejection last year and a public inquiry was heard in June.

Inspector Rupert Grantham said that the wind turbines would not be unduly overbearing at anyone’s home. He said that the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions flowed from the urgent need to slow the rate of climate change and not from the failure to meet targets.

Once built the 18 Megawatt onshore wind farm is expected to generate enough green electricity for the average annual needs of 8700 homes.

Post by Vicky Portwain

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3 Responses

  1. I live near to the Batsworthy site and I think the approval is a disaster. The visual impact on one of the most beautiful areas in England will be overwhelming. The impact on tourism wil be catastrophic. Our daily lives will be blighted
    I live in a listed house and I am not allowed to have solar panels on any of my buildings which can’t be seen by anyone else. I can’t even double glaze my windows or replace draughty metal windows installed in the 1950s and yet an array of 9 103 meter industrial generators is allowed. Great planning policy!
    All through the planning process I tried several times to obtain detailed figures for this project without success. No one seemed to know how much power is taken from the grid and yet this seems to be significant. No on came up with the figures for the Co2 emissions from the concrete, steel & aluminium. Not to mention construction transport and demolition. The only figures available were the usual wildly optomistic generalisations which are applied to all these projects.
    Wind energy is not the answer. We run a ground source heat pump which works very well. Why don’t the building regs insist on them?
    If all wind turbines had to be located in the Cotswolds there would not be any.

  2. …and when the time comes to demolish these efficient and beautiful machines, the NIMBYS will be out in force trying to save their landmark wind farm – so love it whilst it’s there!

  3. Chloe Pink

    November 6th, 2012

    I can assure they won’t Clive.

    Have you thought that it might be hard to love something that is not only noisy, but is so noisy that you have to sleep with your windows closed and even then it wakes you up; and is so noisy that it drives you indoors when you were tending your vegetable patch and all that’s when the noise complies with the set limits.

    Have you thought that it might be quite hard to love something that could make noise such that your home became uninhabitable (to anyone} and that the planning inspectorate acknowledge this but say “tough”?

    Have you thought that if wind tubines are that important, the way to encourage their construction is not by ignoring the issues but by addressing them.

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