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Fury at plan for highest wind farm in the county  

Plans for a new wind farm in North Cornwall, which would generate twice as much electricity as the turbines at Delabole, has sparked opposition from residents.Energy company Ecotricity has unveiled proposals for four 95-metre-high turbines to be constructed on land at Hendraburnick near Davidstow, which if granted planning consent would generate enough electricity to power an estimated 9,000 homes.

The company says its policy is to install turbines only where they will make good neighbours, but there is already controversy over the plans, which would see the erection of the highest turbines in Cornwall.

District councillor Keith Goodenough, who lives about a mile from the Hendraburnick site, is chairman of a group which opposes more wind turbines in North Cornwall.

Cllr Goodenough claimed the proliferation of turbines had become a blot on the landscape.

“We have opposed other wind farms, and we shall be opposing this one,” he said.

“There are already more than enough in North Cornwall. We are not opposed to alternative ways of generating electricity, but there are too many already in this area.

“They now want to build bigger turbines at Delabole, we have the wind farm at St Breock.

“They are still trying to build a further five at Otterham, despite the planning application being refused permission – it’s just too many.”

Plans for the Hendraburnick wind farm were unveiled to the public yesterday afternoon at Otterham Village Hall, and the exhibition moves tomorrow to Camelford Library where plans will be on display until July 18.

Ecotricity was founded in 1995 and says it was the first ‘green energy’ company in the world. The firm maintains it is neighbour-friendly and says it ensures residents experience no problems with turbines.


4 July 2007

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