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Plans for Rame wind turbine visible from Plymouth Hoe rejected

Plans for a wind turbine which it was feared would ruin an iconic view from Plymouth Hoe have been thrown out.

Cornwall Council issued a notice of refusal for the Bridgemoor Wind Turbine proposed to be located North East of Freathy on the Rame Peninsula.

In rejecting the bid, the authority said the proposal did “not have the support of the affected community, and their concerns in respect of landscape harm cannot be fully addressed.”

The council also said: “The benefits of the proposal do not outweigh the unacceptable visual impact upon the surrounding landscape and near by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty by reason of its scale, height, prominence in the landscape and rotating features.”

Residents, councillors and the Ministry of Defence had objected to the plans by Community Power Cornwall (CPC) and more than 80% of all comments registered online during the public consultation phase were in opposition.

Five local parish councils, including St John, Millbrook, Anthony, Maker with Rame and Sheviock, had warned of the “damaging cumulative impact” a wind turbine would have upon the area while the National Trust and the MoD defence estates safeguarding team also waded into the debate.

Linda Coles, of Sheviock Parish Council, commented: “The adverse impact on the both the landscape and amenity of residents is not outweighed by any positive effects, including the minimal contribution to energy and additional community income.”

The Cornwall Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit added: “We object to the proposals for the following reasons on the basis that they will result in undue harm to the landscape character and natural beauty of the Cornwall AONB.”

In response, Neil Farrington, technical director at CCP, responded that the criticisms were “unjustified”.

He said: “We’ve gone through a thorough process in submitting this application,” he said.

“We’ve been clear, transparent, consulted with the public and completed assessments to prove this turbine will not effect any residential properties, bring planes and helicopters crashing down to earth, lead to the industrialisation of the peninsula or cause epilepsy.”