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Wind farm faces storm of protest  

Objectors have pledged to “vigorously oppose” the planned £75 million 20turbine Davidstow community wind farm plan – despite major changes to the scheme aimed at appeasing protestors.

Community Windpower Ltd says it has now redesigned the wind farm proposals planned for Davidstow Woods as a result of earlier consultation with the community.

In response to concerns raised, the company now proposes that all 20 turbines sit within Davidstow Woods and farmland to the south and no longer occupies Davidstow airfield as previously proposed.

The company says no planning application has yet been submitted to North Cornwall District Council.

The public consultation on the amended plan begins tomorrow at the Methodist Sunday School, Tremail, from noon to 9pm, on Friday, November 30 from 10am to 4pm at Camelford library and from 6pm to 9pm at Sir James Smith’s School, Camelford.

The company says the scheme now incorporates the creation of five new jobs, investment for the local area and the provision of the remaining 50% of Cornwall’s 2010 renewable energy target through this one development.

But the amended proposals have sparked criticism from Bob English of STINC (Stop Turbines in North Cornwall).

“Community Windpower is coming to the Camelford area to try and sell an altered layout of their proposed wind farm for Davidstow moor.

“But the new proposals are as futile as rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. The project is not wanted by the people of North Cornwall and will be vigorously opposed.

“These changes come apparently after consulting with the community, but if they had listened at their last visit they would have completely withdrawn their application.”

GAWP (Group Against Wind farm Proliferation) is also anxiously awaiting the amended plans.

Alan Goodenough a member of GAWP, said: “We will be interested to see the revised proposal by the Davidstow applicants.

“Our initial reaction is that these revisions would reduce neither the proliferation of wind turbines in North Cornwall, nor the adverse effect which these huge machines would have on the local landscape and wildlife.”

A spokesman from Community Windpower Ltd said the proposals will create five full-time jobs in the area (two at an Energy Advice shop in Camelford, two wind turbine engineers, one educational ranger/teaching support person).

The turbines will measure 80 metres to the hub and the blades will be 45.2 metres in length. The proposed height to tip is 125 metres.

The Cornishman

28 November 2007

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