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Storm brews over new wind turbines bid 

Plans to build three giant wind turbines in the Westcountry have been resurrected, nearly two years after they were withdrawn because of community fury.Renewable energy company NPower dropped plans to erect three turbines 100m (328ft) high at Goveton, near Kingsbridge in January 2005.

It withdrew them after an action group staged a number of protests, and local councillors and businesses voiced their concerns.

But now another company, Cornwall Light and Power Co Ltd, is planning a similar proposal, with turbines reaching up to 90m (295ft) high at full stretch – 10m (23ft) shorter than Nelson’s Column.

The company, which has not yet submitted a formal application, says the development is crucial to the generation of green electricity.

It is holding an exhibition at the Buckland-tout-Saints Hotel on Tuesday to outline the proposal.

Yesterday, Sir Peter Rigby, who owns the hotel and has spent £500,000 on a complete refurbishment in recent months, said he was “totally opposed” to the plans.

He said: “I can see little or no benefit.

“Not only will it damage the value of properties, but it will also keep visitors out of the area.”

Totnes MP Antony Steen, whose constituency covers Goveton, said: “If consent is ever given for that sort of project in that location, it will drive a coach and horses through the Government’s entire environmental and planning policy.

“The South Hams area of Devon is considered by the House of Commons library to be one of the most beautiful parts of Britain in terms of categorisation.

But Tristan Mackie, of Cornwall Light and Power Co Ltd, said climate change had to be addressed. He said: “The fact is that the country needs more renewable energy to sustain people’s demands.”

Mr Mackie will be on hand to explain the plans at the exhibition, which will run between 2 and 8pm.


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