North Devon wind farm 'likely to be refused'

Plans for a wind farm in North Devon look set to be refused after a planning committee unanimously rejected the application.

RWE Npower Renewables wanted to build nine 103m (337ft) tall turbines at Batsworthy Cross near Witheridge.

The committee from North Devon Council said it was refused because of its impact on the landscape and buildings. The company said it may appeal.

The decision is expected to be confirmed at a meeting next month.

Witheridge councillor Jeremy Yabsley said: "This was a direct response to not only the impact on the surrounding environment, but also to the wishes of local people, who have been consistent and clear that they do not want the wind farm."

The company said it had the right of appeal and was awaiting written confirmation about the reasons for refusal.

The application was submitted in 2006.

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