Worried residents in Mitchell have spoken of their concerns over plans to build a 77m wind turbine on land adjacent to their homes.
They claim renewable energy firm Cleanearth Energy’s turbine would have a detrimental impact on the landscape, as well as generating unacceptable noise levels.
Peter Waller, who lives at Tredinnick Farm, 400 metres from where the turbine could be sited, said: “The cumulative effect on the area is of great concern. We already have Carland Cross wind farm, and two turbines at Trevilson being installed, plus many others in the area.
“MAS Environmental has done a report for us and said this turbine will generate noise which will raise night-time noise levels by at least ten decibels.
“We, and our neighbours, are concerned this will have a detrimental impact on our quality of life.”
Mr Waller said he fears that should the wind turbine be approved, it will significantly devalue his property.
“Three estate agents have told us about 20 per cent will be knocked off the value of any house within the site of the turbine, so we stand to lose about £70,000 to £80,000 off the value of our house.
“We are not against green energy in principle, but repeat our request that a minimum set-back distance be applied to prevent locals being subjected to the life-changing noise these turbines make,” he said.
Andy Hulks, who also lives at Tredinnick Farm, said the plans came as a surprise.
“They held a meeting with regard to building a 77m turbine less than 400 metres from our home, but chose not to inform us – the nearest neighbours,” he said.
Kathryn Rees, St Newlyn East Parish Council clerk, said: “The parish council objected to the application submitted in the autumn due to the cumulative noise and visual impact of the turbine. This application was subsequently withdrawn.”
Cleanearth Energy said an initial public consultation was held on February 17. It was advertised in two local papers and on the parish noticeboard.
Gareth Davies, planning manager for Cleanearth Energy, said: “After the initial noise assessment was completed, Cleanearth commissioned a second. The raw data for both assessments has been shared. We are satisfied noise levels meet the standards, which will be validated by the environmental health officer.
“Cleanearth believes all turbines should be selected and sited in suitable locations. There are a variety of criteria laid out that any site must satisfy. Cleanearth and the landowner are confident the Tredinnick site falls within the necessary parameters.”
The company said it plans to schedule a second public consultation in May.
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