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Plans submitted for controversial £30million wind farm in North Cornwall

By CGMikeS  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

ood Energy, the owner of Delabole wind farm (pictured above), has submitted plans for a £30million scheme in North Cornwall

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PLANS have been submitted for a controversial £30 million scheme that would see an 11 wind turbine solar farm erected near five villages in North Cornwall.

Renewable energy developer Good Energy submitted plans for the 125metre turbines to Cornwall Council yesterday.

If approved The Big Field Wind Farm would sit on farmland between Week St Mary, Jacobstow, Warbstow, North Petherwin and Whitstone, around nine miles south of Bude.

The proposals, which were first mooted in January 2013, could eventually form part of the largest renewable energy park in Cornwall - if the developer submits plans for a 75-acre solar farm, that it may consider at a later date.

In announcing the plans, Good Energy listed a range of community benefits which it has put together following two fiery consultation sessions with locals.

The benefits include a local community fund worth £63,250-a-year and local dual fuel and electricity tariffs to all households within 5km of the development.

But villagers opposed to the plans have voiced numerous concerns including house prices, noise and visual impact.

Juliet Davenport, founder of Good Energy, said: “We believe The Big Field Wind Farm can provide a lasting positive legacy for the environment and the local community, and we are proud to put our name to it.

“Having consulted locally for over a year, we believe this project meets all planning requirements and supports both local and national renewables targets.”

The Wiltshite-based firm has more than 40,000 renewable energy customers and some 5,000 domestic and business customers in the South West.

It recently spent £11.8million upgrading Britain’s first commercial wind farm at Delabole and estimates the Week St Mary scheme would have an installed capacity of 25.3MW and generate enough renewable energy to power around 13,500 homes.

Amongst its list of benefits would be an outdoor learning centre that would provide camp-style accommodation of groups of up to 30 children from across Cornwall.

It has also committed to working with landowners and the Farming and WIldlife Advisory Group South West to “ show how farming and wildlife can flourish alongside renewable energy”.

Campaign group Communities Against Rural Exploitation (CARE) had previously said the wind turbines would be a blot on the landscape that would affect holiday trade.

But other locals have said they were in favour of the scheme, Dave Smith from Warbstow saying he was a firm believer in the importance of big renewable energy projects.

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  • IvorWard  |  March 08 2014, 8:44AM

    I love the comments from our favourite eco warriors! These are the people who don't know that every turbine involves 1000 tonnes of concrete to be quarried, manufactured and transported....All done by diesel plant because you cannot sail a dump truck or have a thousand slaves with shovels to mix it. (Dash it all Wilberforce..Look what you did!) They don't even realise that every large turbine, all 5000 of them, has been imported in steel built, oil powered ships. Many from as far away as China and the USA. They obviously don't know that each 2MW turbine uses 200 tonnes of stainless steel. 40 tonnes of cast iron and 6 tonnes of copper. All of it mined and smelted with coal and oil fuels. You cannot run a blast furnace with a windmill. Then there are the bulldozers, JCB's, Massive lowloaders dragging turbine blades through forests and miles overland. Hundreds of kilometers of roads built through once pristine landscapes. Trees felled, peat dug up and dumped by the wayside. There are the open cast mines in China dredging hundreds of square miles for the rare earths to make the magnets that are so beloved by GwrysYnKern. Did I mention the 14 tonnes of fibreglass making the blades. A composite that has no known method of recycling other than landfill. Did I mention the miles of extra steel pylons and copper cables on concrete bases needed to bring the miniscule amounts of power from the remote areas which these monsters blight? The only green involved here is the gullibility of the so called environmentalists and the colour of the money being passed to rich land owners and foreign Corporations. Those 5000 turbines could be replaced by just 4, yes 4, CCGT gas plants. Each occupying only 1 hectare of land for 1/3rd of the price to deliver electricity reliably every day instead of praying for the wind to blow...but not too hard, oh mighty Zeus.

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  • westwelsh  |  March 07 2014, 9:19PM

    Independence for Kernow's power supply, our nation can break free of reliance on English power generation.

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  • DipStick  |  March 07 2014, 4:27PM

    @GwrysYnKern: I know what solar panels are - things that don't generate power when the sun doesn't shine! Abd wind turbines don't generate power when the wind doesn't blow or when it's too strong. So, on a cloudy, windless day, especially in winter - we're back in the stone age! DS

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  • GwrysYnKern  |  March 07 2014, 12:08PM

    Not sure what is stone age about solar panels, they are semiconductors, I don't think cave men had these, and I'm not sure what is stone ages about highly efficient use of electromagnetism in wind turbines?

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  • GwrysYnKern  |  March 07 2014, 11:34AM

    I completely agree 100% with you Tamara Rose, well said lady. I am all for Wind turbines, solar farms and all other forms of renewable energy. If presented with the choice what sort of energy would you prefer.....coal ....gas...oil...nuclear, or energy that harvests the natural resources of our environment without the detrimental effects associated with polluting, damagingand increasingly financially volatile)fossil fuels, or the exorbitant build costs, decommissioning cost and very real risks of a nuclear power facility. We have one earth we must make out choices wisely!

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  • DipStick  |  March 07 2014, 11:34AM

    The greenies are here .... the ones who want to return us to the stone age! DS

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  • GwrysYnKern  |  March 07 2014, 11:24AM

    I am all for wind turbines, and solar farms, and completely agree with Tamara Rose, well said lady. If given the alternative what power source would you prefer....nuclear....coal....gas...oil... or something that utilises energy from the our natural resources without the destructive elements and increasingly financially unstable aspects of the fossil fuel industry or the exorbitant cost and associated dangers of nuclear. Choose wisely this is the future of our planet, we only have one!

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  • tamara_rose  |  March 06 2014, 11:53PM

    YES TO THE WIND TURBINES! Ironic when people say it will spoil the view of the countryside. I think the mass destruction of burning fossil fuels is much uglier to the eye than these ingenious sustainable energy creators! Wake up people.

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