13/12/2013

EDF Energy Renewables has confirmed that it has submitted supplementary environmental information to Torridge District Council in support of its planning application for the proposed Hollow Panson wind farm.

The originally company submitted a planning application for a six turbine, 12MW wind farm on the site east of the A388, between Launceston and Holsworthy, in December 2012.

Since then, the planning officer at the council has asked for clarification on a number of environmental issues raised during the public consultation period. In response, EDF Energy Renewables has now submitted a series of new technical reports to update the Environmental Statement which accompanied its original planning application.

The new information includes revised noise assessments to address issues raised by the council’s noise consultant. These include the further examination of the original noise data to take into account the influence wind direction may have on background noise levels and limits, as well as the effects the landscape may have on noise levels at properties near the proposed site.

Further ecological work has also been carried out to consider any potential effects on dormice, bats and butterflies, as well as hedgerow habitats. Trial trenches dug at the site have confirmed that there are no archaeological finds present within the proposed development that could be harmed by the project.

Tim Wheeler, onshore wind development manager at EDF Energy Renewables, said: “The further environmental information we have provided is in direct response to the issues raised by the council and its consultees.

“No design changes have been made to the proposed development. However, the latest report presents the most up to date environmental information on the project and incorporates any new requirements under updated legislation or planning guidance since the original planning application was submitted.

”All of the investigation work we’ve undertaken at the Hollow Panson site supports our view that the location has good potential for wind farm development.”

The further environmental information has now been provided to Torridge District Council and will be made available to the public and other interested parties via the council’s website and also on the Hollow Panson project pages at www.edf-er.com.