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"Corridor" of solar farms and wind turbines near Penryn

By WBCraig  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

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Cornwall Councillor Michael Keogh (left) and Peter Tisdale at the site where to Solar Farm would be built.

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CONCERN has been raised that a “corridor” of solar farms and wind turbines could be created on land near Penryn if plans by developers go ahead.

London company EGN Projects is seeking advice from Cornwall Council planning officers about its plans for a solar farm covering an area equivalent to more than 56 football pitches.

It has submitted a pre-application advice form for a 10MW facility which would spread across 100 acres of land at Roskrow Barton Farm, just off the A39 between Four Cross and the Treliever roundabout.

Mabe parish councillor Peter Tisdale said the development would surround the existing wind farm on the same site, which had two turbines, and could include as many as 63,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

He also claimed that a second 25-acre site was planned for adjoining farmland.

“They’re talking about fencing and CCTV cameras,” he said. “It would look like a prison camp on top of the hill.

“The thing that annoys me is that nobody knows about it. Where’s the consultation they are supposed to hold?”

Anestis Kartsaklis, from EGN Projects, the assistant project manager, said the 100-acre site was just one of many in England which the company was considering, and it was still too early for there to be a need to publicise any information.

“It’s in the very early stages,” said Mr Kartsaklis. “At this stage there is no project; it’s just discussions.

“We’re just speaking to the landowner, who’s said he’s interested, and waiting for Cornwall Council to do a site visit and give us some advice.”

It could take between six months and three years for a formal planning application to be submitted, he said.

Boxes

“We need to know if there’s available grid, how we’re going to connect, from where and how much it’s going to cost,” he said.

“It has to tick hundreds of boxes and these are just the first few.”

The company would publish details about the project for a public consultation after it had found out this information.

Mr Tisdale said during a visit to the Roskrow Barton site with Cornwall councillor Michael Keogh, a farmer from an adjoining property had told them about his own application for a 25-acre development featuring both solar panels and wind turbines.

“If both sites are permitted that would consist of almost 100 acres of solar panels and four turbines all in the same area,” said Mr Tisdale.

He added that there were also solar farms planned for land at Halvasso and Edgecumbe and a turbine at Polkanuggo Farm.

“That would then create a corridor from the Treliever Roundabout right through to Retanna with either turbines or solar panels on both sides of the road,” he said.

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  • TWINSCREW  |  March 18 2014, 2:19PM

    " Farms are old fashioned and everyone knows supermarket shelves are stacked with food" Bless you, you obviously don't see the irony in that statement.

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  • break  |  March 17 2014, 8:01PM

    I'm a youngish person too, but it seems like wind turbines are being built just to provide the owners a profit, rather than to serve your electrical needs. And so long as this is the case, wave technology and other ways won't be explored because they cost more money to build and probably won't make the owners as much money. If turbines were built to serve our needs, then I probably wouldn't mind so much.

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  • DipStick  |  March 17 2014, 6:26PM

    "... Farms are old fashioned and everyone knows supermarket shelves are stacked with food. ...". Ummm, your point is? "... and invest in more wind and solar energy which has been shown to provide cheap, clean power for everyone. ...". Right. Wind power - when the wind blows hard enough but not too hard! Solar - when the sun shines, but mostly in the summer. Tell you what. Connect your house up so that it's only powered by wind and/or solar power and see how long you last! DS

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  • dee_2  |  March 17 2014, 4:04PM

    Demelza is right, old people think that all us young people do is spend our day texting friends and watching celebrities. But we do other things. Farms are old fashioned and everyone knows supermarket shelves are stacked with food. Time to think about the future and invest in more wind and solar energy which has been shown to provide cheap, clean power for everyone.

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  • Demelza1978  |  March 17 2014, 3:11PM

    Since when does fencing make things look like a prison.....prat! I really want our councillors to actullay take into account the views of the young people of Cornwall, those who are going to be around in 50 years, not the older generation who are too scared of change, but will not be around to reap the consequences of doing nothing. Why should my old age be ruined by people who are already enjoying thier later years and have nothing better to do than complain. With less than 100 years until some fossil fuels run out, we need to do start using other forms of electricity generation. That is not even taking into consideration the danger of relying on places like the Ukraine for our fuel. And lastly... stop with the sad faces in the pictures. You just look like idiots!!

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  • D-Head  |  March 17 2014, 11:08AM

    If we don't want to see more of the devastating floods of the last two months we have to stop global warming now. The only way to do this is to build more wind turbines and develop High Speed 2 asap. And build at least 200,000 houses a year for the next twenty years. That should do it.

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