Our spectacular coastline, our heritage, a unique marine habitat, will be ruined by this as well as the onshore work and the construction of a gigantic substation at Alverdiscott. No amount of money can compensate the devastation this will cause. If Torridge District Council and North Devon Council do support the recommendations to approve this scheme, then they would be seen to be grabbing their 30 pieces of silver to sell out the coastal and maritime heritage of everybody in northern Devon."
County Councillors in Devon will also discuss the proposed Atlantic Array on Tuesday afternoon.
Amongst the conclusions from the Development Management Committee agenda, it states:
Devon County Council considers that the proposals will have significant adverse impacts on locally and nationally important landscapes in northern Devon (including Lundy Island) which cannot be mitigated, and that these impacts must be given full and appropriate weight in determining the application. In the absence of a commitment from the developer to locate operational and maintenance facilities in northern Devon there is no economic benefit to the local economy of northern Devon which could be offset against the visual impact of the proposal as set out above."
A protest is expected to take place outside a meeting of Torridge planners tonight as they discuss a proposed wind farm of the North Devon coast. The company RWE wants to build 240 offshore turbines 10 miles from the coast.
It would generate more than 1,000 mega-watts of electricity but some local residents say it could cause lasting damage.