Councillors at Torridge District Council will today decide if they support the plans for a giant off shore wind farm proposed for the Bristol Channel.
The meeting, which will be held at 1.30pm in Bideford Town Hall, marks the start of three councils in Devon deciding on the Atlantic Array.
The Atlantic Array could consist of up to 240 wind turbines reaching up to 220 metres and would be 16km from the North Devon coast.
Devon County Council’s development management committee will also be meeting today at 2pm at County Hall in Exeter to discuss the application, which has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration.
North Devon Council will also be discussing the application at a meeting tomorrow at 2.15pm at the civic centre in Barnstaple.
The councils will be discussing the wind farm as statutory consultees.
Officers at both North Devon Council and Torridge District Council have recommended that councillors should make no objection to the plans.
Kate Little, the joint head of strategic development and planning for both district councils said: " The councils have been asked to put forward its view on the application as an interested party only.
“The planning team has spent a significant amount of time considering all aspects of the application, taking into account our own policies and guidelines.
“There are clearly some short-term negative impacts of the project relating to the local fishing industry, but these are balanced by the potential longer-term positive impacts and economic benefits. With this in mind, we are recommending that the council should put forward no objection in principle.
"However, as set out in our report, we are recommending that members agree to ask the Secretary of State to take into account the following aspects in reaching his overall decision:
“1. The disruptive effect the drilling of turbine foundations will have upon the sediment and other detritus and its consequent effect on local sandy beaches is kept to a minimum, so as not to affect the area's tourist economy on which this area depends
“2. The effect on the residents living along the B3232 between Roundswell and Alverdiscott of heavy construction traffic accessing the development works at the Alverdiscott electricity sub-station is also minimised as far as possible and a positive communication plan is drawn up to keep local communities advised of issues as the project progresses
“3. A commitment is made by the applicants to invest in the local economy by (i) ensuring local businesses are offered an opportunity to form part of the supply chain for the project and (ii) assisting with the establishment of a local skills training facility based around marine and renewable energy engineering.”
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