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