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Angry residents oppose wind turbine plans  

Credit:  West Briton | May 27, 2015 | www.westbriton.co.uk ~~

Plans to build two new wind turbines in the Camborne and Redruth area have been met with a hostile response from neighbouring villagers who have claimed that their property values will plummet as a result.

An application for planning permission has been submitted to Cornwall Council for a proposed construction on private land at Roses Farm, Black Rock, between Helston and Camborne.

Another application has also been made for a similar turbine on Merrose Farm, Illogan Downs.

Both turbines will be situated on private land and plans have been submitted by Pool-based Capture Ltd.

The Black Rock turbine would feature a tower height of up to 21 metres and a tip height of 34 metres, whereas the Illogan construction will be bigger again reaching 37 metres with a tip height of 49 metres.

Villagers of Burras said the Black Rock construction would prove to be a blot on the landscape and disturb the local wildlife.

Resident Gill Smyth commented on the Cornwall Council website: “For me personally, it will spoil the view from our house and garden as the proposed site is only 800 metres away. It will be clearly visible from our lounge, dining room and bedroom windows.

“The turbine itself will appear as a giant blot on the landscape being sited on the brow of the hill above Burras and the noise from the turbine will also travel down through the valley disturbing all with the constant low drone.”

Sarah Attwood and Frances Combellack also cited concerns based on a lack of consultation and fears that their Burras properties will drop in value as a result.

Residents from Illogan Downs also took to the Cornwall Council website to sound their disapproval.

One of whom, Sue Pearce, says that the turbine would have a negative impact on a local beauty spot.

“We have recently moved to this delightful and peaceful part of Cornwall and are staggered that anyone would want to despoil the local beauty by erecting a visual and audible monstrosity,” she said.

“In our particular case the noise pollution, depending upon a constantly variable wind direction, would be utterly unacceptable.

“The effect upon local flora and fauna would be devastating with bird life and local small deer having their habitat directly affected.”

In both cases Capture Ltd has ensured locals that the turbines will not be situated on the highest point of the surrounding land and that they will be at least 300metres away from the nearest property.

Source:  West Briton | May 27, 2015 | www.westbriton.co.uk

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