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£30m North Cornwall wind farm scheme submitted

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

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PLANS for a £30 million wind farm in North Cornwall have been submitted that could see 11 turbines built, standing more than 400ft tall.

Renewable energy developer Good Energy put forward the application to Cornwall Council last week for the 125-metre turbines, which it estimates would provide energy for 13,500 homes.

If approved, The Big Field Wind Farm would sit on farmland between Week St Mary, Jacobstow, Warbstow, North Petherwin and Whitstone, around nine miles south of Bude.

But objectors to the scheme are already putting their case together.

Richard Sowerby, chairman of the group CARE – Communities Against Rural Exploitation – said that the turbines would be as high as St Paul's cathedral.

"They will change the area and devastate the environment. We will be holding a private meeting soon to discuss our plans to oppose this application," he said.

The proposals, which were first mooted in January 2013, could eventually form part of the largest renewable energy park in Cornwall – if the developer submits plans for a 75-acre solar farm, that it may consider at a later date.

In announcing the plans, Good Energy listed a range of community benefits which it has put together following two fiery consultation sessions with locals.

The benefits include a local community fund worth £63,250 a year and local dual fuel and electricity tariffs to all households within 5km of the development.

But villagers opposed to the plans have voiced numerous concerns including house prices, noise and visual impact.

Juliet Davenport, founder of Good Energy, said: "We believe The Big Field Wind Farm can provide a lasting positive legacy for the environment and the local community, and we are proud to put our name to it.

"Having consulted locally for over a year, we believe this project meets all planning requirements and supports both local and national renewables targets."

The Wiltshire-based firm has more than 40,000 renewable energy customers and some 5,000 domestic and business customers in the South West.

It recently spent £11.8 million upgrading Britain's first commercial wind farm at Delabole and estimates the Week St Mary scheme would have an installed capacity of 25.3MW and generate enough renewable energy to power around 13,500 homes.

Among its list of benefits would be an outdoor learning centre that would provide camp-style accommodation for groups of up to 30 children from across Cornwall. It has also committed to working with landowners and the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West.

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  • DipStick  |  March 14 2014, 11:26PM

    @westwelsh: you are on a wind-up aren't you? Noone can be that stupid. Let's see now - our own energy sources. Oh yes, when the wind decides to blow, but not too hard. " ... an independent and green future for Kernow ..." - within the EU? The most non-democratic organisation on the planet! Tony Benn had it right when he asked about the process for getting rid of the law makers (EU in this case). Tell me how we do that?? DS

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  • westwelsh  |  March 14 2014, 8:42PM

    Kernow needs our own energy sources if we are to become a self sustaining nation within the federation of EU nations. Vote MK and the Green for an independent and green future for Kernow.

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  • letigre  |  March 14 2014, 5:17PM

    Wishful thinking wringer, REG are scoping at least two more farms in mid-cornwall, one on the highest point of the county and Cornwall Council are planning to build 7 farms on the south coast and extension to Carland Cross, plus no one seems to be aware of the Spanish scoping plans for the biggest farm in the county next to Retallack resort. The place sure is going to look pretty.

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  • wringer  |  March 14 2014, 7:56AM

    We are paying for this through our energy bills. we are paying for this through loss of landscape. as for community benefit, I suggest the community take a good look at what has happened elsewhere where huge benefits have been promised and never materialised due to change in ownership. there is only one person that benefits - the land owner. the rest of us are just big losers. I hope this is the last of the big turbine applications.

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