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Farmer considering new application for wind turbine at Lamorna after withdrawing previous plans

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 02, 2014

By Josh Barrie

Farmer Simon Whear at the previous site where turbines were proposed. He is now exploring the possibility of applying for a single turbine after the previous plans were strongly opposed.

Farmer Simon Whear at the previous site where turbines were proposed. He is now exploring the possibility of applying for a single turbine after the previous plans were strongly opposed.

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A FARMER is considering reapplying to put up a wind turbine at Lamorna after withdrawing previous plans due to a public outcry.

Simon Whear applied to Cornwall Council in October for consent for two 112ft structures, but dropped the plans after objections from Lamorna and St Buryan which cited the area's natural beauty and historical significance.

Mr Whear, from St Erth, said a planning officer had recommended the plans be refused because of the level of opposition but he was now talking to turbine specialist Capture Energy about applying for a single turbine next year.

"We've had a look into the costs," he said. "We want to meet residents halfway.

"It would be less intrusive and no houses would be able to hear it."

Mr Whear said a photo mock-up commissioned by resident Jan Cutler to illustrate the turbines' visual impact was "completely inaccurate" and contradicted by the results of the professional surveys accompanying the application.

Though he was considering a revised proposal, he was aware that the Government might be cutting renewable energy subsidies by 20 per cent in 2014.

Mr Whear said he had never denied he would make money from the scheme, but would be open to donating around 5 per cent of the profits to the local area, with a view to helping fund St Buryan's public toilets whose Cornwall Council support has been withdrawn.

"I'd be willing to put back into the community," he said.

Nicola Davies of Capture Energy said the firm and Mr Whear were exploring options and had not ruled out a new planning submission.

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  • oldcove  |  January 03 2014, 12:25PM

    Is one scar in this precious landscape that much less offensive than two? I don't think so. If one turbine is acceptable on this site, why not single ones on every neighbouring site? Or is it first come first served and only one fat cat who gets the cream?

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