North Devon Conservative parliamentary candidate Peter Heaton Jones against Atlantic Array wind farm after Lundy Island
The North Devon Conservative parliamentary candidate is now even more convinced the Atlantic Array wind farm will have a detrimental effect on the area after a visit to Lundy Island.
Peter Heaton-Jones travelled to the island on one of the last boat trips before the service closes for the winter.
The trip made him realise how visible the array, which could be one of the biggest off-shore wind farms in the world, will be.
The array is set to consist of up 240 turbines reaching 220 metres in height and could be 16km off the North Devon coast.
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He said: "I took the trip to Lundy to see for myself how the Array would affect this beautiful island.
"The Landmark Trust, which manages Lundy, took me to all points where the turbines would be most visible.
"I questioned them a great deal because obviously they would have a particular view, but I am now more convinced than ever that we need to stop this awful Array.
"I am in favour of renewable energy, but this is just the wrong plan in the wrong place. Working with campaign group Slay the Array and others, I will continue to fight this proposal."
Rebecca Somers, a spokesman from RWE, the developers behind the wind farm, said: "The project has the potential to deliver significant investment, hundreds of jobs and enough home-grown renewable energy to provide electricity for an estimated 900,000 average UK homes.
"During the development of the project we carried out extensive consultation and sought the input and opinions of local people and statutory consultees.
"This feedback has helped shape the final design of the wind farm application.
"Whilst we appreciate that there are wide ranging views about the project, as an experienced and responsible developer we are confident it has been progressed to a very high standard and is the most appropriate wind farm for the area identified by The Crown Estate. The application now rests with the Planning Inspectorate."
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