Torridge District Council Plans Committee approve wind turbine application in Pancrasweek, Holsworthy
TORRIDGE District Council plans committee has given permission for a wind turbine in Pancrasweek, Holsworthy.
The application for the 500kW turbine on land at Thorne Farm was approved during a meeting last Thursday.
The council received 19 letters and e-mails of objection against the application for the turbine which will measure 60.7m from blade to tip.
Issues raised included whether the turbine would have an impact on Pancrasweek Church, tourism and wildlife.
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During the meeting Sylvia Darby from Holsworthy raised her concerns about the visual impact the turbine may have on the landscape.
She said: "I am here to represent all the residents who object to this turbine in the Pancrasweek area.
"We are not against green energy. If we had the opportunity to discuss the size we could have come to a compromise. We would like to have been consulted on this industrial-sized turbine.
"The large machine may have an impact on the iconic church. This is not acceptable."
Supporter John Pearson said energy produced from the turbine will benefit Thorn Farm. He said: "The electricity generated will be used by the farm instead of being fed back into the national grid.
"The smallest and quietest 500kW class turbine possible was chosen for this site."
Councillor Chris Leather said: "The general consensus says these turbines don't produce the energy they say they will.
"Do the benefits outweigh the visual impact on the area? We see these turbine applications time and time again."
Councillor David Lausen proposed the approval of the turbine which was seconded by Councillor Peter Watson. The committee was unanimous in its decision.