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Jobs lost as North Cornwall wind farm plans scrapped

By WBGraeme  |  Posted: February 01, 2014

A computer generated image of the proposed Davidstow Wind Farm

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PLANS for a large wind farm in Cornwall have been abandoned with the developers blaming the Government’s energy market reform.

The controversial construction of 16 turbines with a height of 426ft (130m) from base to blade tip had been planned for land at Davidstow in North Cornwall.

Cheshire-based Community Windpower had an earlier plan for 20 turbines turned down by Cornwall Council.

This week the company said it had decided to abandon two schemes, including the Davidstow Wind Farm.

.It said this, together with the Claughton Moor Wind Farm, near Lancaster, would have provided more than 70MW for the local electricity network, contributed in excess of £100m into the regional economies and created 120 construction jobs.

Rod Wood, managing director of Community Windpower, said: “It is really disappointing to close our office in Camelford, make staff redundant, shut down our renewable energy developments in England and write off millions of pounds of investment.

“The Government has been constantly shifting its position on UK renewables and it’s now planning to rush through an auction process which is likely to crash the price at best, or in the worst case, stop generators selling green energy altogether.”

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  • BobToronto  |  February 06 2014, 4:57PM

    The price changes with the weather! A foggy day, and there are many of them at Davidstow, the value of the countryside is small, you cannot see it. There are already turbines on the road to Launceston. Has the value of the countryside changed? Without electricity people will freeze in the dark. May be a nuclear power station or two in Cornwall would be better than turbines. Just a thought.

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  • jigs-7  |  February 06 2014, 3:12PM

    You cannot put a price on the value of our beautiful countryside!

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  • AMG007  |  February 05 2014, 7:55PM

    The Davidstow wind farm was never going to be approved, the tone of comments from the developer is the same I would expect from a child that has its sweets taken away. The countryside has now been saved for now and future generations.......put a price on that!!!

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  • cornishpete2  |  February 01 2014, 3:26PM

    ".......write off millions of pounds in investment." That's wonderful! All those millions have been pumped into the economy without a single wind turbine being added to despoil the countryside! Let's plan and then cancel a dozen more, I say.

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