Torridge District Council approve plans for a wind turbine in Buckland Brewer
A TORRIDGE councillor is surprised an application for a wind turbine in Buckland Brewer has received more letters in favour of it than against.
The council received ten letters from people supporting plans for the 50kw turbine on land at Craneham Farm and seven letters of objection.
The turbine will have three fibreglass blades and will measure nearly 40 metres in height.
Councillor David Lausen said: "For the first time in a long time we have had more letters in favour than against. This is unusual for Torridge. We should approve it straight away."
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The applicant, Christopher Bond, said the turbine would help with the upkeep of the farm. He said: "My family and I run a dairy farm. We have seen costs rise. This wind turbine would reduce our electricity bill and give us a small income. Hopefully our carbon emissions would be reduced which can only be a good thing."
Councillor Harold Martin said he was in favour of approving the turbine, saying dairy farmers have been under immense pressure trying to make a profit.
Mr Lausen proposed approval, which was seconded by Councillor Mervyn Langmead. Members unanimously granted planning permission.
After the meeting Mr Bond said: "This is a good result. Renewable energy has to be a good thing.
"This decision secures the future of the farm."