Public to have say on moor wind farm plan
An application for a wind farm that would tower over one of the Westcountry's most iconic landscapes will be discussed at a public meeting tomorrow.
If built, the wind farm, south west of Davidstow Woods, on the edge of Bodmin Moor, would consist of 16 turbines each 139metres tall.
It is the third time developer Community Windpower Limited has attempted to gain planning permission for the development.
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It previously had one bid turned down by Cornwall Council before then dropping its appeal.
The meeting at Camelford has been organised by Davidstow Parish Council, which has previously objected formally to the turbine plans.
Parish council chairman, Julie Dowton, said: "So many people were talking to us, we felt it was appropriate that we called the meeting and allowed everybody to have their say.
"There are some changes, there are less turbines but the parish council are really concerned this is going to have a massive impact on the surrounding area and area of outstanding natural beauty.
"We certainly are concerned what impact it might have on tourism."
Camelford Town Council had been expected to consider the planning application at its meeting last Thursday, but has now decided to delay its decision until after the public meeting, which will be held in the Clease Hall at 7pm.
Speaking at the council meeting, resident Caroline Bott said the turbines would stand as tall as Roughtor, and some would be as high as Brown Willy.
She said the turbines would put off tourists and would have a cumulative impact on the view and the historical landscape, as well as killing birds and having a noise impact.
John Pearse said the height of the wind farm would be like having 29 double-decker buses standing on top of one another, with a single-decker on the top.
But Ron Mucklestone, of Be Green in Camelford, spoke in favour of the application, saying the wind farm would bring in £240,000 a year in community benefits.
Leza Wilson, in a written objection, said the wind farm would have an impact on tourism.
She said: "Although it is privately owned land, Bodmin Moor is part of our heritage.
"It is inconceivable that 16 Wind Turbines 130m high can have anything but a huge negative impact on the beauty of the natural landscape that draws many visitors to the area. The moor will no longer have uninterrupted views, nor be timeless, nor unspoilt.
"This development would fundamentally alter our natural landscape and the area's special historic significance.