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Falmouth and Budock councils at odds over 46.5 metre wind turbine

Revised plans for the installation of a wind turbine at Kergilliack, on the outskirts of Falmouth have received the backing of town councillors but their counterparts in Budock Water are opposing the scheme.

Dan Callaghan, of Clarity Renewals, had previously applied for two turbines with a tip height of 77 metres, but this was opposed by the Ministry of Defence who claimed the turbines would cause “unacceptable interference” to the precision approach radar (PAR) at RNAS Culdrose and also to the provision of radar services to aircraft operating under the control of Plymouth military.

As a result, Mr Callaghan has submitted an amended plan for just one, smaller turbine which would have a tip height of 46.5 metres.

Haydn Scholes, of consultants Wardall Armstrong, said: “A turbine of this size will be similar to the height of the consented Nangitha Wind Farm turbines south east of the Higher Kergilliack Farm site which did not receive any objection on the grounds of PAR at Culdrose.”

The MoD has confirmed it has no objection to this application. When the application went before Falmouth’s planning committee, Steve Eva said: “Windmills are part of the future and there has to be good reason to turn them down. We should be supporting, as a council, green energy, providing it is in a suitable place.”

While Falmouth’s planners have supported the application, Budock’s planning committee is opposing it. Members believe there should be no further wind turbine development within their parish due to the visual impact of the turbines. The application will now be determined by Cornwall Council.