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Lawyers view biomass plant plans
Winkleigh Airfield
Plans have been submitted to Torridge District Council
Council officers are expected to make their recommendations on a proposed biomass plant in north Devon within the next six weeks.

A draft report on Peninsula Power's 40m plans for a renewable power plant at Winkleigh has been given to external lawyers for scrutiny.

The scheme has generated more than 900 representations from the public.

Torridge District Council planners say the case is very complex and every submission has been examined carefully.

Airfield location

The vast majority of the letters received by the council are against the scheme, with opponents mainly concerned about the effect of the plant on the environment.

Supporters of the project, however, argue that Devon has its role to play in producing more green energy.

The proposed plant would be built on the 36-acre former Winkleigh Airfield, which is owned by the South West Regional Development Agency.

Officers are hoping to make their recommendations public by the end of April or in early May.

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