Dunsland Cross Wind Farm
Welcome to the Dunsland Cross Wind Farm networking site. The aim of this site is to keep you informed about Bolsterstone's proposal to build three wind turbines at Dunsland Cross next to the village of Brandis Corner.
Since May 2008 we have been active within the local community distributing our Community Newsletters and gathering information. Copies of our newsletters are posted on this site and they explain who we are and what we are trying to achieve. A review of all the documents posted will give you access to information, which might not be included in the actual development proposal.
If you wish to make any comments about this proposal please use our contact page to send an email.
Bolsterstone submitted the revised application to Torridge District Council (TDC) on 21st December, 2011, in the hope that local people would be too busy or preoccupied with the Christmas and New Year celebrations to write letters of objection in the three week response slot. This developer tried the same trick with the 2008 application. It didn't work then and it didn't work this time either. Last time TDC simply extended the response period. This time the validation of the application was delayed by TDC.
On 1st March, 2012, TDC finally backed down from its ill-advised stance and published outline details of the application on the TDC website. The validation was backdated to 13th January, 2012, and the application was inserted unannounced into the lists for the week beginning 9th January. This resulted in the determination deadline date being set at 13th April. The consultation response period was set between 1st March and 22nd March. The case officer is Mr. Tim Westwell.
Bolsterstone obviously did not expect any such delay because it posted copies of the application documents to Holsworthy Library where they have been available for inspection since 5th January. As a result, DTOG has been able to analyse the application and prepare a 221-page objection report for submission to TDC. This report will be available for download from this website soon after it appears on the TDC website. Meanwhile, the latest DTOG newsletter for March 2012, giving details of how to object, is available for download now.
The noise monitoring was completed at 6 locations around the site during October and November 2010. Now, one year since the anemometer was erected, a landscape consultant is working in the area and will be visiting local properties and viewpoints in the week beginning 17th October to take stock photographs for the production of photomontages.
In June 2010 Torridge District Council granted permission for a 60 metres tall anemometer mast to be erected on site for a period of three years. The meeting was farcical and DTOG is considering making representations to the Ombudsman.
The anemometer was erected on 6th October and is now giving everyone the chance to see just how large the turbines, at approximately twice the height, will be.
Arcus, acting for Bolsterstone, is seeking locations around the site to place microphones with the intention of starting to measure background noise levels in the third week of the month.
In March 2009, although planning permission for the wind farm at Dunsland Cross was refused by Torridge District Council, permission was granted for an anemometer mast to be erected at the site for a period of 12 months. Bolsterstone allowed this permission to lapse in March 2010.
On 12th April, 2010, a new application was submitted for a 60 metres tall anemometer mast to be erected at the same site for a period of three years so that wind strength and wind shear can be measured. This application has not yet been determined but it is expected to be granted permission. The application number is 1/0318/2010/FUL.
On 12th March, 2009, Torridge District Council Planning Committee rejected the application for a wind farm at Dunsland Cross by 7 votes to nil. Two councillors abstained. Following the determination, DTOG issued the following Press Release:
DUNSLAND CROSS WIND FARM REJECTED
The Dunsland Turbines Opposition Group (DTOG) should like to thank Torridge District Council officers and committee members and commend them for their decision this morning. They have shown fairness and due diligence in assessing this application and have shown that the planning system is still robust enough to protect residents and wildlife from inappropriate developments such as the wind farm proposed for Dunsland Cross. They have rejected this application despite being under intense pressure from Central Government to push such schemes through.
This decision sends out a clear signal to other would-be speculators like Bolsterstone, the property and investments management company behind this proposal. It was clear right from the start that this site had too many constraints, but only the landowner and the developer were unable to see this.
DTOG had to go from a standing start on this application. Now, ten months later, it is an organisation which has knowledge and expertise of its own in all aspects of onshore wind farm development.
DTOG will now be a permanent fixture at Dunsland Cross, ready to examine closely any appeals or other applications which may be forthcoming. In the meantime it will work hard to mend the rifts which this proposal has caused and will give its full support to the Parish Council in its efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the residents, by encouraging more appropriate, cost-effective renewable energy generation and energy saving schemes for our community.