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Rethink on North Devon wind farm

The plans will reduce the impact of the wind turbines on the seascape Photo: ITV News

Work to create one of the largest renewable energy projects of its kind in Europe has been reduced to almost half its size following public and environmental concerns.

The three billion pound Atlantic Array offshore wind farm, to be created over the next decade off the North Devon coast on the Bristol Channel, is expected to provide power for up to one million homes.

The original plan was to construct up to 417 turbines, but after detailed discussions with local people and environmental groups, RWE nppower has revised its plan, meaning as few as 188 could be built.

The firm has also decided to return for a second public consultation with residents of North Devon in order to shape its plans.

The second phase of consultation will begin in North Devon at Abbotsham Old School House on 12 July.