"From the dream of environmentally friendly energy to the highly subsidised devastation of the landscape"
Welcome to the Den Brook Valley Action Group
|DBVAG's logo is the Lapwing, representing our fight for the natural beauty of the Devon countryside.|
Please visit www.denbrookvalley.co.uk for all updates
In November 2005, West Devon Borough Council (WDBC), supported by Devon County Council and Mid Devon District Council, voted against the proposal by RES Developments Ltd to build nine 120m 3-bladed horizontal axis wind turbines in Den Brook valley. Following refusal of planning permission, RES Developments appealed against this decision.
A public inquiry was held in 2006. The appeal by RES was allowed in 2007 despite tremendous opposition from all over the UK. 3,000 letters of objection were received by WDBC, objectors also included five local town and parish councils, Dartmoor National Park Authority, Dartmoor Preservation Association, Dartmoor Tourist Association and Devon CPRE to name but a few.
The appeal, on noise grounds, against this decision was refused by the High Court with permission given to appeal the judgement. The Court of Appeal quashed planning permission and referred the matter back to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol who decided to hold a second public inquiry.
The second public inquiry will be held at Okehampton Community College from Thursday 23 July 2009 and last for 8 working days. The Inspector is Mr A N Pykett who considers the main issues in the case as follows:
1. The effect of the proposed development on (i) the character and appearance of the surrounding area, including the effect on the historic landscape; and (ii) the living conditions of local residents, with particular reference to visual amenity and noise;
2. Whether any harm resulting from the first main issue would be outweighed by the benefits of renewable energy generation.
Whilst DBJRG will be in the lead at the second public inquiry, DBVAG are providing as much financial assistance as possible to the group to help with the costs of producing a comprehensive landscape report from the Landscape Partnership. This will form part of the overall case for dismissing RES' appeal. To read the full case history on the Noise issue and this important landmark decision by the Court of Appeal which sets a precedent in that wind farm neighbours have the right to raw environmental data, see link to DBJRG’s website.
Our group is largely formed from residents of the towns and villages surrounding
Den Brook valley - North Tawton, South Tawton, Bow, Zeal Monachorum and Spreyton.
The group is in favour of renewable energy and is not opposed to wind turbines in
principle but has found that the supposed benefits of 'Wind Farms' turn
out to be nothing more than myths.
Views over Den Brook Valley
As the pace of life becomes more hectic and noise and industry creeps into every aspect of British life, so does the peace and beauty of the few remaining places of unspoilt countryside left in Britain become more and more valuable.
We must protect our landscape from developers who choose to ignore the fact that a beautiful valley is not made more beautiful by placing numerous whirling white turbines, hundreds of feet high in the middle of it. Many people do not understand that 'improving' Britain's most treasured landscape with wind turbines destroys the natural beauty, with little compensating gain to anyone but the 'improver'.