Renewables are the way
THE Government has made a commitment to reduce carbon emissions and this surely must mean the encouragement of renewable energy schemes.
At a recent meeting attended by more than 60 councillors, business leaders and environmental experts, it was reported that "the delegates examined the possibility of achieving a carbon neutral status for North Devon".
It was reported in the Journal that a planning application had been submitted for a site in Goodleigh for the erection of a wind turbine, which it was said would generate enough energy to power around 100 homes a year.
Can someone from the planning department tell me if it is their policy to accept some applications for turbines designed to provide electricity for the farm but to refuse an application which produces an extra amount fed into the grid.
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Surely there is every reason to refuse an application which has a severe effect on the landscape or neighbouring properties, but if we are to significantly reduce our carbon emissions, any project which produces renewable energy for the grid is a step in the right direction.