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Giant turbine plan attacked  

Credit:  West Briton | www.thisiscornwall.co.uk 19 July 2012 ~~

Tourist businesses near Cubert have criticised plans for a 62m wind turbine on farmland near their homes.

London-based Windberry Energy Operations Ltd is seeking planning permission to install the turbine on land at Melrose Farm in Rejerrah, run by William Miller.

Emily Marson and David Eastlake, who run Trebellan Tourist Park, have a 60-name petition objecting to the turbine fearing it will deter potential customers.

They said: “We know that our business is going to suffer, maybe to the point of it being no longer viable if the turbine goes ahead. We want planners to visit the site so they can see for themselves the huge impact the turbine will have on our business.”

Simon and Sue Hancock, who run the 16th-century Smugglers Den Inn at Trebellan, are concerned by the combined impact of turbines in the area.

“This is a large utilitarian structure that will dominate the surrounding landscape,” said Mr Hancock.

“We are concerned it will have a detrimental effect on our year-round tourism. The council has a duty to respect and preserve our natural heritage. We urge them not to support this application.”

There are two wind farms, including Carland Cross, and two wind turbines within 10km of the proposed site. Others are proposed at Trelaske Farm and Trenissick Rural Park, 800m and 1.4km away, respectively.

A report to Cornwall Council says the equipment would generate 330kW of electricity, enough be power 185 households, and have a moderate or slight adverse effect on the character of the area.

Perranzabuloe Parish Council objected to the scheme as an “intrusion in the countryside”. It called on planners to inform neighbouring parishes, Cubert and St Newlyn East, to ensure their views were considered.

Source:  West Briton | www.thisiscornwall.co.uk 19 July 2012

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