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.