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Wind turbine ‘too big and too close to homes’ gets approved 

Credit:  By Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter | 14 Dec 2018 | www.cornwalllive.com ~~

A new turbine is set to be put in place near Truro, three years after it was first granted planning permission.

The new turbine is set to be erected on land off Ventonteague, Zelah, after planning approval was granted on Thursday, December 13.

Planning permission had originally been given to Cornwall Council for a turbine to be placed at the site in 2015 but that did not go ahead due to changes in the feed-in tariff, a government subsidy for renewable energy projects.

The new turbine will be the same height as the one which was previously approved – 98 metres – but it is able to generate more energy as it is a 2.3Mw turbine compared to the original one which was 1.5Mw.

St Erme Parish Council, which covers the site, supported the plans but there was opposition from neighbouring St Allan Parish Council which said that the turbine was too big and too close to homes.

St Allan Parish Council also said that there were too many turbines in the local area and that they were having a “cumulative impact on the environment”.

The new turbine will be close to a number of other turbines near the Carland Cross roundabout.

Cornwall Council Cabinet member Bob Egerton said that the turbine had originally been planned to be one of a number which were going to be set up by the council across Cornwall to help in its bid to increase the amount of renewable energy being produced.

However, he said that the Zelah turbine was the only one remaining after the Government ended the feed-in tariff.

He added: “Bizarrely at that time it was a 1.5Mw turbine as at that time you got the feed-intariff and got more from that than a 2.3Mw one.”

Cllr Egerton said he welcomed that the council had done a deal with Centrica to get the turbine up and running and said that this meant it could operate with no subsidy from the consumer or government.”

The council’s strategic planning committee approved the planning application with 12 votes in favour and one against.

Source:  By Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter | 14 Dec 2018 | www.cornwalllive.com

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