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Public to comment on turbine plans

Building the Atlantic Array would involve installing up to 278 turbines off the North Devon Coast. Credit: ITV Westcountry

The public have a week left to give their comments on controversial plans for a huge windfarm off the North Devon coast.

If built, the Atlantic Array would see up to 278 turbines installed less than 10 miles offshore.

The proposals have been met with widespread opposition but developers RWE hope to make a formal a planning application before the end of the year.

Consultation begins on wind farm plans

Plans for a massive wind farm off the North Devon coast go out to consultation today. The company behind the Atlantic Array project wants to install up to 278 turbines. That's fewer than originally planned, following an earlier consultation.

A series of public exhibitions will be taking place Credit: ITV West Country

A series of public exhibitions will be taking place. If permission is granted it could go live in 2016, providing electricity for the equivalent of 1.1 million homes.

Wind farm plans reduced

An electricity company has revealed that it's revising its plans for a wind farm off the North Devon coast following public objections. RWE NPower says it is reducing the spread of turbines that people would see across the horizon by 40%, after public and environmental concerns.

The plans would reduce the impact of the wind turbines on the seascape Credit: ITV Westcountry

A planning application for fewer turbines is being submitted, from 417 down to 278. If permission is granted for the project, the company hopes the Atlantic Array Wind Farm will go live in 2016.

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