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South West Archaeology Ltd. (SWARCH) carried out a desk-based assessment and visual impact assessment at Babeleigh Moor, Parkham, North Devon. The work was commissioned by Cleanearth Energy Ltd. in order to identify any known or potential heritage assets that might be affected by the installation of a wind turbine on the site and to inform any future planning application for the same.

The cartographic record suggests that the proposed development site lies within an area of later 19th enclosure of open rough grazing belonging to Babeleigh Barton (Parkham) and Brendon Farm (Buckland Brewer). The documentary and cartographic research failed to identify any archaeological features of note in the immediate area, although the site does lie close to the top of a ridge, a location often favoured for Prehistoric funerary monuments.

There are relatively few Scheduled Monuments and important Listed buildings in this part of North Devon. The impact assessment concluded that the visual impact of the turbine on the setting of these heritage assets would be restricted, especially when compared to the impact of operational turbines in the area.

 

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