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More objections to Scotland Corner wind farm plans

Plans to build a wind farm on the site of an ancient monument near Wadebridge have run into more opposition.

Earlier this year planners decided by just one vote to reject proposals for five 110-metre tall turbines at Scotland Corner, on the site of the Nine Maidens standing stones.

The prehistoric site is a scheduled ancient monument, but for centuries has been neglected.

The Berkshire-based developers have now returned with a new application, reducing the height of the turbines by 10 metres and promising to invest in measures which would help secure the future of the monument.

This appears to have done little to win over local public opinion.

John Mankelow has written to Cornwall Council to object. “As relatively new residents to Cornwall my wife and I have been shocked by the number of wind farms already blighting the landscape,” he writes. “As residents of St Columb Major we object strongly to this further infringement of the beauty of the local countryside. Wind turbines are an inefficient as well as ugly form of renewable energy.”

Yvonne Rodell also objects. “I do not feel the reduction in size will make the application anymore acceptable,” she writes. “It was recently reported tourist numbers this year were down on previous years … tourists who have continuously had holidays in Cornwall every year have said they will not return in the future as the county has been spoilt with so many turbines.”

Susan Kirkby agrees. “Despite the reduction in size it would appear that the grid is full and therefore no more turbines are needed,” she writes. “A government spokesperson gave this information at the briefing on the reduction of grants…She also stated that Cornwall had more than its fair share and that local people should have a better say…So please listen to those who have to live with huge number of turbines the council has seen fit to allow with little regard for the inhabitants.”

Cornwall Council is due to rule on the new application later this year.