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The Government will receive a mixed verdict to controversial plans to build the world's second largest off-shore windfarm along the North Devon coast.
Councillors in North Devon have rejected the proposal from RWE nPower and the Crown Estate to build 240 turbines at sea.
It comes after Devon County and Torridge District Councils raised no objections for the scheme that will power 900,000 homes.
North Devon District Councillors have turned down the Atlantic Array planning application.
Torridge District Councillors approved the plans on Tuesday.
Planning councillors from Torridge District Council have backed plans for a large offshore windfarm Atlantic Array.
North Devon Councillors will meet in Barnstaple on Wednesday to discuss the planning application.
Opponents to the Atlantic Array protest outside Torridge District Council meeting as councillors discuss the controversial offshore wind farm.
Planning councillors from Torridge District Council and North Devon Council are being recommended by their officers to raise no objection to the large offshore windfarm Atlantic Array.
Councillors will meet in Bideford on Tuesday and in Barnstaple in Wednesday to discuss the scheme.
The local authorities are only statutory consultees and have no powers to approve or prevent the development.
But opponents to the 240 turbine 1200MW windfarm say the councils should still oppose the scheme.
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:
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.