A FARMER has defended his decision to allow a wind turbine to be built on his land – only three months after having solar panels installed nearby.

Nick Toms, of Luson Farm, south of Ivybridge near Westlake, believes renewable energy is of prime importance and has called his decision to work with energy company REG Windpower one of 'natural farming progression'.

Some local residents have objected to the initial turbine proposals and have been upset about the visual impact of the 10.2 acre solar farm which was installed in March.

But Mr Toms said that his renewable energy plans have been relatively well-received in the local community and are not nearly as intrusive as other developments that have been allowed in the area.

He said: 'My application for a wind turbine and previous instalment of the solar panels are not acts of fantasy or vanity, they are a matter of practicality.

'Global warming is a big issue and if we can find renewable energy resources close to home then why shouldn't we utilise them?

'All of the energy companies are currently looking at viable sites and, having been here for generations, we know only too well the high winds which run through the area.

'More and more farmers are looking at renewable energy as an option on their land – it seems like a natural progression as fossil fuels are going to run out one day.

'I think about 400 houses will benefit from the scheme.'

More on this story in this week's Ivybridge & South Brent Gazette