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Thumbs down for North Cornwall wind turbines

Planners have thrown out proposals for two giant wind turbines at Marshgate, between Camelford and Bude.

The 115-feet-high turbines would have been built at Carwitham Barton Farm, and used to power the agricultural business with any surplus sold to the National Grid.

The proposal divided local opinion, with 15 letters of support and four objections, but the site is within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and officials were concerned about the impact on the landscape – particularly as there are already other turbines in the area.

Planning officers said: “The impact of the proposed wind turbines on the landscape and the AONB, cumulative impacts and because the proposal does not form an allocation for wind energy development, there are sufficient reasons to outweigh the benefits of the proposal.”

Planners also heard that recent government guidance on wind turbine applications lent more weight to landscape considerations, and less to the benefits of renewable energy.