Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon last Friday met local anti-wind farm group Stop Turbine Onshore Proliferation in Torridge, also known as STOPIT on Friday, November 19. Members of the group live or have tourist businesses in the Meddon area near Bradworthy and Hartland, and feel that they would be adversely affected by the proposed construction of six 409ft tall wind turbines just 1km outside the village, if it were approved.
The MP was briefed on the developments of the opposition group and the work and support they have achieved so far. And Geoffrey was informed that the majority of residents are against the application and are doing what they can to oppose it.
The group also presented the MP with copies of letters from both the Ministry of Defence and the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership, in which they set out concerns about the potential application for six giant wind turbines.
Geoffrey told the Devon Week: “It does seem as though the specific realities of this potential wind turbine development would give rise to very grave concerns, and I intend to monitor closely the progress of this application. It seems to be more than usually inappropriate to develop 400ft tall turbines in a location immediately adjacent to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
“Such an application in this particular area of Devon would be likely not only to affect those living near to the turbines, but also the trade of local pubs, guest houses and b&bs which rely heavily upon tourists coming to the area for the unspoiled tranquillity of our landscape.”