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    Posted on February 24th, 2011 Steve 5 comments

    A planning application has been made by a Yorkshire-based company to install a hydro-electric turbine on the weir just downstream from Buckfastleigh.

    Artist's impression of the proposed Archimedes screw turbine

    Artist's impression of the proposed scheme

    Yorkshire-based Kilbury Weir Ltd, which owns the decaying salmon leap and Dart river banks, are planning to install an Archimedes screw turbine, replace the defunct salmon leap with a Larinier-type fish pass and repair the weir crest.

    Plan view of the proposed scheme

    Plan view of the proposed scheme

    Kilbury Weir Limited have the same postal address as Mann Power Consulting Limited, who developed the Archimedes screw turbine at the River Dart Country Park.

    A similar Archimedes screw turbine at the River Dart Country Park

    A copy of the application, map, plans and any other document submitted with it may be inspected free of charge at the address of the Environment Agency at:

    Exminster House
    Miller Way
    EX6 8AS

    during normal office hours (Monday-Friday, except bank holidays). If you cannot make it there then here is a copy of the Application Form and site plans/sections.

    If you’d like to make your opinion about the application known then you can do so until the 11th March. You must do so in writing, quoting the name of the applicant (Kilbury Weir Limited) and Reference Number NPS/WR/005649 to:

    Water Resources Permitting Support Centre,
    Environment Agency,
    Quadrant 2,
    99 Parkway Avenue,
    S9 4WF

    or by email to PSC-WaterResources@environment-agency.gov.uk

    More details on the application can be found on the Environment Agency website.


    5 responses to “Buckfastleigh to get hydro-electric power?”

    1. Thanks for posting the plans Steve. Any idea who the electricity is intended for?

    2. Neil, I haven’t been able to find out what the initial use of the electricity is.

    3. What a brilliant proposal! Lets hope that no NIMBY objections surface ….

    4. Does anyone know the outcome of this application? And does Kilbury Weir Limited own both sides of the bank and weir. Cheers

    5. Carly, I seem to recall that the application was successful, however I cannot now find any evidence of this. I don’t know whether the company does own the land on both sides, but it would seem to be a real risk in applying for a planning application without owning the necessary land.

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