CPRE Cornwall calls for moratorium on ‘wind turbines’
(Bude, Cornwall) CPRE Cornwall has publicly objected to a proposed large scale wind farm development at Week St. Mary, by the Wiltshire company ‘Good Energy’. About 250 people attended the public meeting held by the Cornwall Council Strategic Planning Committee and chaired by Councillor Robert Nolan, on Tuesday 13th May.
A primary concern was the visual impact of the installation on the surrounding landscape which includes three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The 11 windmills (with a height from base to blade tip of 125m) would be as tall as a forty storey building – a skyscraper in any modern city – and the site would cover 125 acres. The blades would be seen from a distance of up to 15 kilometres (km) and will affect an area of over 100 square km. Additional local concerns at the meeting included the negative effect on house prices, tourism, traffic congestion and the environmental cost of filling this greenfield site with concrete and steel. General concerns raised included the importance of renewables for energy security; the wisdom of tackling climate change with positive measures; and the extreme dangers inherent in nuclear power.
“We object to this proposal primarily on grounds of the acute landscape and visual impact.” says CPRE Cornwall spokesman, Orlando Kimber “This is clearly an industrial development in a rural area.”
“We’re grateful to those Cornwall councillors who have underlined their support of democratic process by their attendance at this public meeting. We understand that as a county, we’ve already met our statutory commitment to renewables. We therefore ask the Council to call for a moratorium on all on-shore wind turbines; to review their energy policy in the light of rapid developments over the past five years; and to communicate better with the public rather than make decisions “behind closed doors.” As a society, we must make wise decisions that consider the needs of both communities and our environment. Furthermore, Cornwall deserves to receive a fair share of the great economic benefits from our unique position of potential wealth in renewables.”
Thirty percent of Cornwall’s landscape is designated as nationally important and five million visitors escape here every year to enjoy the peacefulness and scenic beauty of both the coast and inland (Source: Cornwall Visitor Survey, 2007). Every development, no matter how small, has an effect on the surrounding environment and Cornwall is particularly sensitive to this, as nearly a quarter of the county’s current income comes from tourism. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Cornwall)
The proposal is due to be heard by the Planning Committee when they meet on the 7th July 2014.
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CPRE Cornwall is a registered charity that fights for a better future for Cornwall. We work locally and nationally to protect, shape and enhance our beautiful, thriving countryside for everyone to value and enjoy. Our members are united in their love for landscapes and rural communities and a desire to stand up for this, so it can continue to sustain, enchant and inspire future generations. www.cprecornwall.org
CPRE was founded in 1926. Founded in 1926, President: Sir Andrew Motion, Patron: Her Majesty The Queen.
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