New plans for wind farm cabling will be published

Updated plans for controversial cabling work to connect a wind farm on the north Devon coast are to be shared by developers.

White Cross Offshore Windfarm Ltd wants to build a 100 MW site 50 km (31 mi) offshore, with cabling work underway at Santon Sands.

of the company There were 500 objections to the initial plans and concerns.

The public is invited to attend open days at Brownton and Instow on May 21 and 22, when the company will share its plans.

The wind cables will run underground from the beach at Santon Sands, then turn south under the golf course, pass under the Dove Estuary and connect to the grid at East Yelland.

Opponents say it will damage important wildlife habitat for rare bats and birds in the North Devon Coast National Park, as well as several Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

They also say that the tourism industry in the area will be affected by these projects.

In a statement, White Cross said: „Looking after the environment of Santon Sands, Braunton and East Yelland is our top priority.

„We also understand how important tourism is to Devon and will plan as much work as we can outside of the busy summer months.”

The Local Democracy Reporting Service At a public meeting last October, the community heard that 40 per cent of the Sandton Sands beach car park would become a 'work centre’ for up to two years, with 90 lorries a day expected on the village’s streets.

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