A protest group has lashed out at Cornwall County Council’s recommendation to approve plans for wind turbines at Titchbarrow, Davidstow.
The Group Against Windfarm Proliferation (GAWP) says it “deplores” the decision by the council’s planning committee.
The application by Next Generation Ltd has been recommended for approval to North Cornwall District Council by the county council, which was consulted on the application at its last meeting.
The proposed development of the four wind turbines at Hendraburnick wind park, Titchbarrow, has been strongly opposed by those against the development.
Alan Goodenough explained: “On behalf of the Group Against Windfarm Proliferation I would say that we deplore the county council’s recommendation. The comment that the contribution of this scheme towards renewable energy generation outweighs any impact on the landscape beggars belief; these four turbines, each up to 120 metres high, would produce power for only about a quarter of the time and would require conventional power stations to be kept running in order to back-up the supply when the wind failed.
“The siting of the turbines on ground 300 metres above mean sea level would bring their blade tips approximately level with Roughtor, only seven kilometres distant, and would make them visible from not only both of the industrial sites at Delabole and Cold Northcott but also from large areas of Bodmin Moor and the adjacent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
“The cumulative landscape impact, coupled with the fact that North Cornwall already has more than its fair share of wind turbines, should have caused the county council to object to this application; one can but hope that North Cornwall District Council will do so when it considers it.”
Bob English of Stop Turbines in North Cornwall (STiNC) has also commented on the recommendation: “To back a wind farm that is taller and at a higher altitude and closer to other wind farms than Otterham, which has been turned down twice, means that planning guides are nonsense and should the proposal go ahead all other applications will be indefensible.
“At 100 metres high and 300 metres altitude they may be able to see it from Truro.”
5 March 2008
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