A renewed campaign against a community wind turbine has kicked off following government guidance saying local people’s concerns should outweigh the need for renewable energy.
Residents of New Mills, near Ladock, have objected to the construction of a new 20kW turbine, which is set to be discussed by Cornwall Council at a planning meeting next month.
Their renewed objections came as Conservative Energy Minister Michael Fallon said local concerns should be put at the heart of decision-making on renewable energy sources.
The Low Carbon Ladock group responsible for the plan said it will help generate £30,000 a year to be reinvested into local groups and organisations.
It has agreed to install a less noisy turbine in an attempt to appease objectors.
Jeremy Newton, 65, who opposes the plans, said: “There needs to be more of a voice from local people in government. Concerns are just going unheard. More weight should be given to local people on the impact of turbines and their visual aspect.
“We have objected and will continue to object to this plan.
“There’s a lot of talk about how this turbine will help the community. But it’s going to cost over £1.5 million to build.
“It’s going to be built 500 metres from my home. There’s nothing in place to mitigate how much this will devalue my home. I understand the noise is a kind of constant humming that keeps people awake at night.
“It will dominate our landscape.
“There’s a lot of opposition.”
Ann Brittain, 64, from New Mills, said: “It’s likely to dominate the view from our home.”
Low Carbon Ladock chairman Chris Jones said: “I understand people will have concerns. But my home will be very close to the turbine if it’s built and I do not consider the noise an issue.
“We quoted £30,000 a year to be invested into the community as a ballpark figure, but this is likely to be much more.
“So far Low Carbon Ladock has been able to help a handful or people in the local area. But with the new wind turbine it is likely we can help 15 or 16 households become more energy efficient.”
Ladock Parish Council had objected to the plans following an outcry from residents.
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