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Wind Farm No 2 Blows Village Fury

Major plans to house a second wind farm on the outskirts of a North Devon village have been unveiled. British wind energy company Coronation Power is proposing to site up to four 400ft turbines at Wheelers Cross, just over a mile east of Bradworthy, capable of generating power to about 10,000 homes.

The London-based company said the plans are still in the early stages, but already campaign group, the Bradworthy League Opposed to Turbines - BLOT - which fought the village's first wind farm, has vowed to maintain its opposition.

Bradworthy became home to North Devon's first wind farm a year ago when German company Energie Kontor erected three 250ft giants at Stowford Cross.

Paul Taylor of Coronation Power said: "We are investigating the feasibility of a small wind farm near Bradworthy.

"We have identified the site from desktop studies and visits to the area and have entered into an initial agreement with two local farmers who are keen to see it develop.

"We look at wind speeds and this site has speeds at a level we feel could be suitable for a wind farm. We are very open and want to talk to the local community as consultation is very much part of the process before any application is submitted."

He added: "It is still very early days but our proposals would help to meet renewable energy targets in Devon.

"It is too soon to say if the current wind farm in Bradworthy has any impact on our proposals but we... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
The London-based company said the plans are still in the early stages, but already campaign group, the Bradworthy League Opposed to Turbines - BLOT - which fought the village's first wind farm, has vowed to maintain its opposition.

Bradworthy became home to North Devon's first wind farm a year ago when German company Energie Kontor erected three 250ft giants at Stowford Cross.

Paul Taylor of Coronation Power said: "We are investigating the feasibility of a small wind farm near Bradworthy.

"We have identified the site from desktop studies and visits to the area and have entered into an initial agreement with two local farmers who are keen to see it develop.

"We look at wind speeds and this site has speeds at a level we feel could be suitable for a wind farm. We are very open and want to talk to the local community as consultation is very much part of the process before any application is submitted."

He added: "It is still very early days but our proposals would help to meet renewable energy targets in Devon.

"It is too soon to say if the current wind farm in Bradworthy has any impact on our proposals but we would not have taken this step if we didn't think the site had potential."

BLOT spokesman Tony Brewington said: "BLOT has been hibernating and watching developments and this is just the sort of thing we expected.

"We are not surprised as once the first wind farm went through, we thought more may follow. These proposals are for a wind farm on the opposite side of the village to the current one, but it is just 1km away from Sutcombe and could have quite an impact on the village.

"Wind turbines are irrelevant to supplying electricity. They supply it when the wind blows and not when people want it. They cannot match demand and are an unnecessary blot on the horizon."

Source: http://www.thisisdevon.co.u...

FEB 16 2006
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