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‘Wind turbines are slashing house prices by 20% in St Enoder parish’

By CG_Steve  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

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HOUSE prices in the parish of St Enoder have dropped 20 per cent due to the number of wind turbines blighting the landscape, it has been claimed.

Homeowner Peter Waller, of Tredinnick Farm Cottage, says he has spoken to three estate agents who have all said visible turbines have slashed the value of his property by a fifth.

He made the claim at a meeting of St Enoder Parish Council on Tuesday during a presentation by Community Power Cornwall (CPC), which is seeking to install a turbine at Glebe farm, between St Enoder village and Summercourt.

Mr Waller said: “In our small community we are losing hundreds of thousands of pounds as these applications go ahead.”

The Cornish Guardian spoke to a local estate agent who agreed it was harder to sell properties with turbines nearby.

He said: “It’s a hot potato. They [turbines] would definitely make a difference to the value, but it’s hard to put a figure on it. It would definitely make the property trickier to sell.”

A nationwide study published last week by the London School of Economics (LSE) reviewed more than a million homes located near large wind farms over a 12-year period, and found their property values fell by 11 per cent.

Those close to smaller farms saw their value drop by seven per cent, according to the report.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Cornwall Council planning officer Dan Nicholls said that under current legislation property values cannot be taken into account when considering planning applications

He told residents and councillors: “We can’t say that because there will be a property value drop we will refuse the application, because we are not allowed to.”

The 16 members of the public who attended the meeting all opposed CPC’s proposal for a 34 metre turbine, which could power 58 homes, despite the community focus of the scheme.

Neil Farrington, of CPC, said three per cent of the revenue would go to Pentreath Ltd, a mental health organisation based at Glebe Farm.

Locals would also have the opportunity to put their own money towards the £400,000 project, which should give them a five to seven per cent return on their investment.

However, resident Mel Morcom said: “Having the word ‘community’ in front of an application changes none of the facts and none of the potential problems.”

And Debbie Hulks added: “It sickens me the number of turbines that are appearing across our landscape to Newquay and I really don’t want to see another one.”

Robert Brown said he could count six turbines from his home. “Whichever window we look out of we see turbines and we don’t want them,” he said.

Mr Waller added: “It’s blindingly obvious that we’ve reached saturation point. We’ve got solar panels and we’ve got wind turbines, and quite honestly we’ve had enough of it. Long term you are changing the landscape by installing these; this is not the countryside I moved to.”

A public consultation on the Glebe Farm plans is ongoing and Cornwall Council will make a decision on the application at a later date.

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  • MorcomZzzzzz  |  February 06 2014, 1:03PM

    Its great to see some honesty, it comes down to money! To add the statement "Long term you are changing the landscape by installing these" is not accurate (20 years) it also shows how important we view our short existence , 20 years? 30 years? 40 years? 50 years? long term? Parish councilors one minute talking about house prices being too high then too low, who votes these people in? YES YES I will tick your box just stop knocking on my door, filling my letterbox with junk mail and my ears with self promoting middle class twoddle. (Mr Cole not included sorry, and no i didn't vote for him)

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  • Big_Ger  |  January 30 2014, 7:36PM

    St Enoder voted in Di ck Cole for Mebyon Kernow, MK are pro "green energy." Cornwall Council needs to develop an Environmental Action Plan to set out actions to reduce greenhouse emissions and develop a truly sustainable, low carbon economy across the Duchy. MK is particularly determined to make Cornwall more self-sufficient, with greater resilience in terms of food production, energy production and supply networks.

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  • letigre  |  January 30 2014, 6:30PM

    You can't call people who are already surrounded by wind and solar farms "NIMBYs" if anything they are NAMIMBYs – no any more in my back yard. Mid Cornwall is littered with the power generators, none of which doing anything today I note.

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  • josdave  |  January 30 2014, 3:57PM

    Well they are having some good effects then. House prices have already gone out of the reach of so many people that it is a good thing for them to be coming down. I wonder how many of those protesting would be glad to be next to a nuclear power station. I would hazard a guess at none. Quite a lot of tourists interviewed thought they were not an unpleasant sight unlike the NIMBYs who are only too glad to have something to moan about.

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  • wringer  |  January 30 2014, 3:21PM

    I hope that no one is surprised by this report. Greed energy benefits the land owners only. you and I pay for it in subsidies on our bills and now the poor souls that live near them are paying again in the loss on house values. it also proves once and for all that whilst people say in surveys they support green energy they don't in reality when it comes to living near it or taking a holiday next to a turbine.

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