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Date set for wind farm inquiry

A date has been set for the public inquiry into an application to build a £5 million wind farm in the Westcountry.

It is more than three years since the wind energy developer, West Coast Energy, first outlined its plans to build a wind farm at Crimp, near Morwenstow, North Cornwall.

The public inquiry, which is set for January 29, is a result of the developer appealing against a decision of North Cornwall District Council to refuse permission for the development.

The proposal for three turbines, which would be 265ft high, has been fiercely opposed by local residents since it was first mooted.

A spokesman for Morwenstow Against Turbines (MAT) said: “We have demonstrated time and time again that the proposed site is inappropriate as the turbines would cause damage to a range of protected wildlife, have an adverse impact on the landscape and harshly affect the quality of life for the young and old.”

He added: “We will have been waiting three years, three months and 11 days for this inquiry.

“At last the people of North Cornwall will have the opportunity to express their objections directly to the inspector in open forum.”

MAT has been granted permission to join with Cornwall County Council, North Cornwall District Council and Morwenstow Parish Council in making representations at the inquiry to fight the appeal by West Coast Energy.

West Coast Energy says that the £5 million wind farm would generate enough power to meet all the energy needs of the local ward and nearly half of the household energy requirements of Bude and Stratton.

The inquiry will be held in the Parkhouse Centre in Bude and is expected to last for four days.

The Cornishman

26 November 2007