Today is decision day for hundreds of protesters fighting controversial wind farm plans.
Councillors are due to decide this afternoon whether to allow three new wind turbines to be built in North Cornwall.
But they are likely to decide to visit the site at Morwenstow before making their final decision.
North Cornwall District Council’s planning and development committee has been recommended to opt for a site meeting on the application by Crimp Wind Power Ltd.
The company wants to construct three turbine generators, a sub station, access tracks and ancillary works.
But so strong is the feeling in the area that North Cornwall District Council has received more than 900 objections to the proposal.
Morwenstow Parish council has also objected.
Objectors raise a variety of concerns including noise, visual impact and the effect upon both the economy of the area and its wildlife.
Around 16 letters of support have been received.
The proposed site extends to around 20 hectares and is 550 metres to the west of the A39, to the south west of Crimp.
The applicants plan to erect three turbines with a hub height of 50 metres. Each will have three, 31-metre blades.
Power is to be carried by underground cable to an on-site sub station which will be linked to an existing Western Power sub station about 600 metres away, either by underground cable or overhead line – the subject of a separate application under the Electricity Act.
It is proposed the turbines be connected to concrete foundations three metres deep and measuring 11.5 metres by 11.5 metres.
A series of roadways would link the turbines to an access onto the Shop to A39 road which passes to the south side of the site. A temporary 50-metre gauged anemometer is also proposed.
A statement from protest group Morwenstow Against Turbines states that, after fighting against the proposal for two years, members are now hoping the plan will be rejected.
Chairman John Moxey said: “We have identified over 30 potential breaches of planning policy, regulations and law and these have been recorded with the planning office.
“When we first saw the application in December 2004, we identified numerous errors, omissions and misrepresentations without finding a single benefit to this community.
“Among our concerns are significant visual intrusion into this coastal landscape and damage to protected species of wildlife, in particular rare bats and birds.
“Another threat is the cumulative effect of the proximity of the turbines already built at Bradworthy, only five kilometres away, and the dishes at GCHQ (a government monitoring station) just four kilometres away.
“Cornwall’s renewable energy target can be met without the need of the turbines in Morwenstow.
“North Cornwall already produces 62 per cent of the county’s current wind power output.”
At a meeting of more than 200 residents, 184 voted to have the application rejected.
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