Devon energy group "likely" to appeal against twin turbine rejection
Supporters of plans for two of the tallest wind turbines in Devon are "likely" to appeal against the refusal of planning permission.
Totnes Renewable Energy Society (TRESOC) wants to challenge South Hams District Council's decision to reject the 100m (325ft) high turbines at Luscombe Cross outside Totnes.
Planners deemed the twin turbines would cause "sustained and unacceptable harm" to the landscape character of the surrounding area.
Hundreds of people bought shares in the £4 million scheme designed to power 2,500 households.
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Ian Bright, manager director of TRESOC who submitted the application with wind energy firm Infinergy, said: "We would like this application to go to an appeal. Throughout the whole process we have been very confident that this is the best site in the South Hams for wind energy. Without this application we will not hit our 15% energy target."
Jane Brady, marketing director, described the project as "pioneering".
She said: "We are breaking new ground. This is a community-led initiative with a renewable energy company. An appeal is likely, but we will need to consider all our options with Infinergy."
Opponent Ginny Davidson, who fears the turbines would be "towering and overbearing", said the council's verdict on Wednesday showed "common sense" had triumphed.
She said: "Any appeal would be against the public interest and the clear wishes of the real community and we are fully committed to strenuously defending the planning committee decision."