Torridge District Council approves Alscott Farm Wind Turbine

Yesterday Today Torridge District Council’s Planning Committee gave the go ahead to Infinergy's revised plans for a single wind turbine at Alscott Farm near Shebbear, following their officer’s recommendation for approval.

Wind developer Infinergy’s Project Manager Richard Seymour said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the decision. Torridge’s Planning Committee have done the right thing by giving this wind turbine the green light. 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 support from statutory consultees as well as local people. The officers had recommended it for approval, which has now been granted by the Committee. We are all very pleased indeed.”

Mr Seymour added: “This wind turbine is 25% lower than our previous proposal which was refused in January. We have listened to Members' concerns and we have brought this revised project forward. Despite its reduced height, it will still contribute 0.5 megawatt of wind energy to Torridge’s total installed renewable energy capacity. This is a really important step forward for Torridge in doing its bit towards achieving the national target of 15% renewable energy by 2020.”

Mr Seymour concluded: “To maximise local benefit, we are committing to a Community Benefit Fund of up to £50,000 over the lifetime of the project as well as providing access for a second bridleway over land owned by the farm. Following the UK Government’s changed policy, business rates from the project will be retained by Torridge District Council, totalling approximately £250,000 over 25 years.”

Infinergy will now proceed by arranging finance for the project, discharging the planning conditions associated with the consent and further preparations. Infinergy aims to have the turbine fully commissioned by mid-2014.

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