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Council insists Roche residents were consulted on turbine

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

SURPRISE: Some residents in Roche say they were not properly consulted about the turbine.

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RESIDENTS in Roche have hit out at Cornwall Council after a 500kW wind turbine "sprung-up" on the edge of the village.

Some villagers, who can see the turbine from the front of their homes, said they were not consulted about plans to install the 77m-high machine at Trebilcock Farm.

Former civil servant Ross Bradshaw, who lives in Shires Way, said he and his neighbours heard nothing about the proposals until they saw the turbine last month.

Describing the machine as an "eyesore", he said he was disappointed at the lack of public consultation.

"Apparently they had a consultation meeting but only three people turned up," the 67-year-old said. "The main bugbear is why weren't we told about it? How can someone just bang up this thing?"

Mr Bradshaw said he contacted Stephen Gilbert, St Austell and Newquay MP, who told the pensioner he would write to the head of planning at Cornwall Council to see if the correct consultation procedures were adhered to. In a statement Cornwall Council said all planning applications were subject to an "established process of public and internal consultation".

It read: "The statutory consultation period for a planning application lasts for 21 calendar days after the application has been publicised.

"To ensure that neighbours and any interested parties are notified on planning applications and are given the opportunity to make valid planning representations the council uses a range of methods, including press advertising, site notices and formal notifications sent to relevant consultees (including statutory consultees such as the Environment Agency, Highways Agency and town and parish councils)."

The council said residents living within the "immediate area" of the wind turbine were consulted about the plans. "Letters are also sent to immediate neighbours, both residential and businesses," the statement continued.

"The council's planning service draws up a list of addresses of properties within the immediate area of the application, with the letters then sent to the owner/occupier at the specific address. In the case of this application, in excess of 280 letters were sent out to neighbouring properties."

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  • 28daysearlier  |  January 15 2014, 12:47AM

    Well said wringer. People walk around with their eyes closed and ignore what is happening around them. They don't check notice boards or parish websites where details of these things are posted (they certainly are locally), they ignore cards and leaflets that come through the door and even the statutory letters which are posted to residents for such applications, dismissing them as junk mail and they never read the planning notices which are posted near the site. There was a recent consultation for a solar farm adjacent to my village and 94 statutory notices were posted through doors by royal mail - i received one and so did the hall 2 doors down where i sometimes collect the mail (i even posted the letter sent to the hall on the wall for all to see) yet 90% of people still maintain they never received one. There was also a pre-consultation meeting held at the hall several months before (with posters which went up locally) to which hardly anybody turned up for either and later claimed they knew nothing about.

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  • wringer  |  January 14 2014, 10:48PM

    people just don't realise that it is up to them to keep an eye out in the local paper and take an interest in their local parish councils. parish councils take some of the blame for this. they should be playing a much bigger community role and let people know when they are consulted on these. its time for folk to get proactive. don't rely on the planners to tell you these are coming.

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  • letigre  |  January 14 2014, 10:59AM

    I suspect we'll be seeing a lot more stories like this one. Here are the maps of approved applications in the county: http://tinyurl.com/bwfzljp

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