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.
The full Public Inquiry was held over 4 days in the week before Christmas 2013. The Inspector's decision to allow the Appeal was announced on 30 January 2014. His decision notice is available below:
There were four issues under consideration at the Inquiry: Visual impact of the turbines on the landscape, visual impact on the nearest properties, noise impact on the nearest properties and impact on bats. Although proofs of evidence had been supplied by the Appellant's Noise and Ecology witnesses, the Appellant chose not to allow them to take the stand at the Inquiry and have that evidence tested in cross-examination. The reason given for this was that it was imperative that the Inquiry finished on time and did not overrun into 2014.
The informal Hearing set to start on Tuesday 20th August has been cancelled. On 14th August the Planning Inspector for the Hearing decided a full Public Inquiry is now required instead. This will push the Appeal back several months. New dates are yet to be announced. It is not known if the same Inspector will preside at the Inquiry.
Following the refusal for the 3-turbine wind farm Bolsterstone lodged an Appeal with the Planning Inspectorate on 11th March. They requested a full Public Inquiry lasting a few days with expert witnesses being examined and cross-examined by lawyers, arguing that the reasons for refusal were complex and needed to be tested. Torridge District Council (TDC) argued that they were not complex but straightforward, so a full Public Inquiry was not needed and an informal Hearing would suffice.
The Planning Inspectorate agreed with TDC and on 23rd April set the wheels in motion for an informal Hearing at a venue and on a date yet to be announced. The 6-week time limit for new submissions to the Inspector was set to expire on 4th June.
The Appeal reference No. is APP/W1145/A/13/2194484 and the case notes can be accessed either on the TDC planning website searching on 1/1250/2011/FULM or the Planning Inspectorate Case Search page at http://www.pcs.planningportal.gov.uk/pcsportal/casesearch.asp where only the number 2194484 need be entered in the case reference box before clicking on 'Search for Cases'.
The re-submitted application, this time for 3 x 95-100m turbines, was refused by Torridge District Council's Planning Committee on 17th January. The vote was 7-2 against the proposal. The reasons for refusal were twofold: unacceptable impact on landscape character and overbearance of the turbines on 4 nearby properties.
DTOG is now waiting to see if the applicant Appeals this decision or returns with yet another revised proposal.
The 2012 DTOG Objection Report was submitted to the case officer at Torridge District Council on Tuesday, 13th March, 2012 and was published on the TDC website on Wednesday, 21st March. It comprises 221-pages across thirteen sections. It can be downloaded as separate pdf files from the link on the left of this page.