13 May 2013
A High Court ruling has dismissed a challenge by a local resident to grant planning permission for Batsworthy Cross wind farm in North Devon, which would provide enough power for 8,700 homes per year. North Devon District Council refused planning permission for the nine 103-metre high turbines, in July 2011, over concerns that the development would have a negative impact on the landscape. However, a planning inspector granted permission for the scheme in October 2012, following the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The inspector explained that the NPPF replaced all of the previous national planning policy guidance and he could not see the costs outweighing the benefits. The local resident said that the inspector did not take into account a number of relevant policies. The High Court judge explained that the inspector had clearly addressed each issue.