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The Hatherleigh Monster Wind Turbine is now AT APPEAL update
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

March 2, 2015: The Hatherleigh Monster Wind Turbine is now AT APPEAL
Appeal reference no: APP/Q1153/W/15/3003384
Application 00635/2014 - Heane Farm Wind Turbine - Hatherleigh
An appeal has now been lodged against the refusal of planning permission by West Devon Borough Council for the industrial scale Hatherleigh Monster wind turbine at Heane Farm off Runnon Moor Lane.
The span of the blades alone are 54metres or the equivalent of the distance from the entrance of RGB to the centre of the roundabout & over two & a half times the length of a cricket pitch. The height is that of a 26 storey building (taller than John Lewis in Exeter) Many of you will have seen the blimp flown last June and are aware of how it will be seen towering above Hatherleigh from many directions. The conservation area itself faces directly onto this monster.
It will affect house prices, tourism and the enjoyment of the very special landscape that Hatherleigh is set in. Wherever you go, this turbine will be visible and noisy.
The rotating blades will draw the eye and will be very distressing for many.
Hatherleigh has quite simply nothing to gain from this turbine and so much to lose.
The people who care about Hatherleigh did a fantastic job with over 170 people objecting to WDBC about the original planning application. In addition Hatherleigh Town Council rejected it, as did the WDBC Case officer & the WDBC Planning Committee (a unanimous decision)
Please write to voice your objection (or again if you objected to the original application) and even more passionately this time to the inspector, based on the grounds of appeal.
You can submit your objection in a number of ways:

  1. On the Planning Portal at www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs
  2. By e-mail to teamp7@pins.gsi.gov.uk. 
  3. If you do not have access to the internet, you can send 3 copies to the Planning Inspectorate at 3/06 Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN, quoting the appeal reference. 

You MUST quote the appeal reference number: APP/Q1153/W/15/3003384
All representations must be received by 20 March 2015.
The appeal documents are on the West Devon Council website http://apps.westdevon.gov.uk/planningsearch/default.aspx?shortid=00635%2f2014
Any objection should ideally focus on the grounds for the appeal or any new comment you have on the turbine. The grounds can be found on the Council’s website above (document 353088 (pages 30-38). Alternatively if you e-mail hatherleighturbine@hotmail.com we shall be happy to forward you the document or to help in any way we can
Below is a summary of the main grounds of the appeal. Their claims are so outrageous it is insulting to the town of Hatherleigh and as they refer to Hatherleigh as a “village” it is obvious they not been well researched. Ideally your objection will address some or all of these:

  1. Landscape – the landscape is not particularly special around here.
  2. West Devon does not have enough renewable energy
  3. Heritage Assets - views towards the church/conservation area will not contain the turbine and views from the church/conservation area are unimportant because of all the buildings, market etc.
  4. Hatherleigh has already consented to the market development & therefor this turbine will make no difference
  5. Hatherleigh Conservation Area is an “island” – it does not matter what surrounds it - setting is unimportant.
  6. Ecology – no effect
  7. Tourism – no effect compares Devon to Cornwall which has more turbines & tourism is increasing
  8. Impact on neighbours – not relevant as Dartmoor National Park has not complained

However, please note you can comment on anything you feel is important with regard to the appeal. You do not have to restrict it to the grounds above.
Please also e-mail (see below) suggestions for locations which you feel would be good for the inspector to visit when he comes to Hatherleigh to assess the impact.
If you need any more help or information (or for suggestions for locations) please e-mail hatherleighturbine@hotmail.com
Thank you
Hatherleigh Monster Turbine Action Group.

An appeal has now been lodged against the refusal of planning permission by West Devon Borough Council for the industrial scale Hatherleigh Monster wind turbine at Heane Farm off Runnon Moor Lane.
The span of the blades alone are 54metres or the equivalent of the distance from the entrance of RGB to the centre of the roundabout & over two & a half times the length of a cricket pitch. The height is that of a 26 storey building (taller than John Lewis in Exeter) Many of you will have seen the blimp flown last June and are aware of how it will be seen towering above Hatherleigh from many directions. The conservation area itself faces directly onto this monster.
It will affect house prices, tourism and the enjoyment of the very special landscape that Hatherleigh is set in. Wherever you go, this turbine will be visible and noisy.
The rotating blades will draw the eye and will be very distressing for many.
Hatherleigh has quite simply nothing to gain from this turbine and so much to lose.
The people who care about Hatherleigh did a fantastic job with over 170 people objecting to WDBC about the original planning application. In addition Hatherleigh Town Council rejected it, as did the WDBC Case officer & the WDBC Planning Committee (a unanimous decision)
Please write to voice your objection (or again if you objected to the original application) and even more passionately this time to the inspector, based on the grounds of appeal.
Details on how to appeal are on the WDBC website and on Hatherleigh-Net & on posters around the town.
The appeal mainly concentrates on how ‘invisible’ the turbine will be in Hatherleigh & to and from the countryside surrounding the town.
To counter this, please inform the inspector of locations both from within the town and from viewpoints facing towards the town where you believe the turbine will be particularly intrusive.
Please also e-mail (see below) suggestions for locations which you feel would be good for the inspector to visit when he comes to Hatherleigh to assess the impact.
Please note comments have to go direct to the inspector and not to WDBC by March 20th at the latest
If you need any more help or information (or for suggestions for locations) please e-mail hatherleighturbine@hotmail.com
Thank you
Hatherleigh Monster Turbine Action Group.

Is this just another nail in the coffin of an economically sustainable community or just the inevitable march of unthinking destruction of the environment?

Whatever you think please email your comments to teamp7@pins.gsi.gov.uk where they may take notice or may not. It is up to them in the home counties. Whatever the outcome this is a Political Decision.

West Devon Council emaiiled "Site Address:   Heane Farm, Runnon Moor Lane, Hatherleigh, Okehampton, , Devon, EX20 3PL
Proposed development: Appeal against refusal of the erection of 1 turbine (estimated output of 900kw) with 50m hub height, 77m tip height and associated infrastructure.
Appeal reference no: APP/Q1153/W/15/3003384
I am writing to let you know that an appeal has been made to the Secretary of State in respect of the above site. The reason for the appeal is: Refusal of Planning Permission.  The appeal will be determined on the basis of written representations. The procedure to be followed is set out in Part 2 of the Town and Country Planning (Appeals) (Written Representations Procedure) (England) Regulations 2009.
The appeal documents are available for inspection at West Devon Borough Council offices at the address above between 9.00 – 5.00 Monday Friday, or alternatively, they may be viewed on the Council’s website at www.westdevon.gov.uk
Any comments made at the application stage will be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate.  Should you wish to make representations, or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you can do so on the Planning Portal at www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs or by emailing  teamp7@pins.gsi.gov.uk.  If you do not have access to the internet, you can send 3 copies to the Planning Inspectorate at 3/06 Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN, quoting the appeal reference.  All representations must be received by 20 March 2015. The Planning Inspectorate will not acknowledge representations, however they will ensure that letters received by the deadline are passed on to the Inspector dealing with the appeal.  Please be advised that any representations received after the deadline will not normally be seen by the Inspector and will be returned.  I must point out that your views will be disclosed to both parties.
A copy of the booklet provided by the Planning Inspectorate, ‘Guide to taking part in planning appeals’ is available free of charge from us or through the  www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs"


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