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Controversy grows over turbine applications

Opposition is mounting to three recent applications for single wind turbines in North Cornwall.

A number of objections have been lodged on Cornwall Council’s online planning website to two new applications in Launceston and Tresmeer following a mixed reception to a scheme for a wind turbine to provide power for a dairy farm at Trewalder, near Delabole.

All three applications are for 77-metre high turbines and follow permission just granted to Martyn Ham for a similar turbine on land behind Storm Night Club at Pennygillam Way, Launceston.

The latest application has been made by James Miller, of Cleanearth Energy, to site a single 500kW wind turbine with a maximum height of 77 metres on land east of Hurdon Road, Launceston.

The scheme has already attracted eight public objections.

Two come from the nearest neighbours Tim and Stella Uglow, who live at Newton Farm which is the next but one field away.

Mrs Uglow said: “We will be undoubtedly affected by the noise generated by this turbine. Newton Farmhouse is a grade two listed building and therefore retains the original single-paned glazing. This means we are likely to be affected indoors by the noise as well as outside.”

An application by Graham Bate to site a 500kW wind turbine with a hub height of 50m, a maximum tip height of up to 77m with three blades and a rotor diameter of up to 54m at Higher Churchtown Farm, Tresmeer, has so far attracted 38 objections with five people in favour.

Tresmeer Parish Council has decided to object while Rory Hamilton fears it will adversely affect his holiday cottage business.

A public consultation has been held to discuss a turbine proposed for Andrew Kempthorne at Bodulgate Farm, Trewalder.

Comments on the planning website show 54 against and 14 in support. The community benefit scheme attached to the application is expected to generate up to £4,000 a year for the Camelford Leisure Centre.