Torridge District Council ignores recommendation for Alscott Farm Wind Turbine

Today Torridge District Council’s Planning Committee refused plans for a single wind turbine at Alscott Farm near Shebbear, against a recommendation for approval from their officers.

Infinergy’s Project Manager Richard Seymour said: “We are bitterly disappointed by the planning committee’s decision to refuse planning permission for this project. Alscott Farm Wind Turbine has everything a good project should have; it is in a windy location, grid connection and road access look good and it has no objections from any statutory consultees. The officers had strongly recommended it for approval. Such a promising project should not be refused.”

Mr Seymour continued: “This project would have made an important contribution to Torridge’s installed renewable energy capacity, which has a long way to go before a significant contribution towards the national target of 15% renewable by 2020 is made. The wind turbine would have an installed capacity of 500kW generated electricity. It has been confirmed by the network operator that 500 kilowatts is the maximum amount of power that can be connected. This means that the proposal will maximise the amount of renewable energy possible at the site.”

Mr Seymour concluded: “There is a lot of local support for the turbine. Throughout our consultation process we have met many people who would be happy to see the plans go ahead. Well over a hundred wrote to the Council to make their views known. We would like to thank the many residents who backed the application.”

Torridge will now miss out on the benefits that the project could have brought to the area in terms of up to £50,000 in Community Benefits for the 25 year lifetime of the project and the retention of business rates of over £250,000 over 25 years.

Infinergy will appeal against Torridge District Council’s decision.

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