North Devon Council and Torridge District Council are to hold special meetings to decide their view on the Atlantic Array offshore wind farm application.
As part of the Planning Inspectorate’s consultation on the application both council’s now have six weeks to provide their view as to whether a Development Consent Order (DCO) should be granted.
The application is for a wind farm and associated development works in the Bristol Channel and between Alverdiscott and Cornborough Range.
If a DCO is granted, finance is secured and the development goes ahead, it is expected there will be around 240 wind turbines approximately 16km from the North Devon coast line.
Torridge District Council is responding to the Inspectorate’s consultation as a statutory consultee because of development works in their district and North Devon Council is responding as an interested party neighbouring the Torridge district.
To discuss their view on the application, both councils will hold special meetings of their planning committees over the coming weeks.
Executive Member for Strategic Planning at North Devon Council, Councillor Mike Edmunds, said: “Although the final decision to grant or refuse planning permission for the development lies with the Secretary of State it is important as a neighbouring authority to consider its pros and cons.
“ Because of this we will be looking at the application thoroughly so that we can put forward the view that we think is right for the local area.”
Vice Chair of the Plans Committee at Torridge District Council, Councillor Margaret Brown, said: “As a statutory consultee, members at Torridge will have a lot to discuss and we will have to make sure we look at everything very carefully before submitting any comments to the inspectorate.”
Chairman of the Atlantic Array Steering Group, Geoff Fowler, said: “Over the last 12 plus months the steering group has considered, discussed and responded wherever possible to the numerous Atlantic Array reports.
“At our last meeting we came to the point that because Torridgeside issues are different to those of North Devon's it would be difficult to give a collective recommendation to our respective councils.
“Therefore it was decided to take our accrued knowledge back to Full Council to debate then leave the final recommendation to the Planning Committees as consultees to the Planning Inspectorate.”
Because the application is being dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate members of the public who would like to give their views can do so by visiting the National Infrastructure Planning website or the applicants website.
Comments and views on the application should not be sent to either council.