Lanivet Parish Council's chairman's turbine plans blown away
A PARISH council chairman has lost his bid to construct a 130ft wind turbine on his land.
Campaigners were left celebrating this week after Andrew Harris's application for the turbine at his Higher Woodley Farm in Lanivet was rejected by Cornwall Council.
Angry locals put together a 143-strong petition in objection to the scheme and Cornwall Council also received scores of objection letters as well as comments posted online.
Fellow parish councillor Tracey Osborne described the news as "wonderful" and is delighted for all those who worked hard to have the application rejected.
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"I am delighted for the residents of Nanstallon that their campaign has paid off and that planning permission for this turbine has been refused," Mrs Osborne said.
"They have now come up against two applications, one on each side of the valley, and they have been successful on both occasions.
"Whether they signed the petition, collected signatures, turned out for meetings or wrote letters, everyone played their parts."
Mrs Osborne said she was still wary of the fact that the applicant can appeal the decision.
"The applicant will have the right to appeal should he so wish, so we can only wait and see, but for the moment the skyline will remain unbroken.
"It is very good news for the residents that it was refused by the planning officers without even needing to go before the planning committee for further discussion."
Lanivet Parish Council chose to back Mr Harris's plans only a year after they rejected an application for a smaller, 80ft turbine in Nanstallon.
Speaking at a meeting in April on behalf of Nanstallon residents, village resident Bryan Sautelle-Smith felt it was inappropriate for a bigger turbine to be considered so soon after the application for a smaller one was rejected. "If the planning committee felt that one of 20kW was too big for our landscape, then this one at 250kW can surely only be described as ridiculous," he said.