A Devon developer is to take its case to build a wind farm to the Court of Appeal in London. Plans for the scheme by West Coast Wind Farms Ltd have suffered a series of setbacks since the initial planning application in 1991. First the project was turned down by the local authority, then West Coast fought two public inquiries before the application was refused by the Secretary of State for the Environment. The latest defeat was when the company lost its challenge against the environment secretary's decision in London's High Court. It has now lodged an appeal for the matter to be heard by the Court of Appeal. West Coast Wind Farms has taken its case further than any other wind project in the UK. According to John Burnett from Burd Pearse, the company's solicitors, it believes it has very good grounds for continuing with its struggle to install 23, 500 kW turbines at Fullabrook and Crackaway in north Devon. He expects the case to be heard in around six to nine months.
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