Protestors attend first day of windfarm appeal

By The Post in Local People

STANDING outside Launceston Town Hall with their signs and posters in protest, were members of the community, some supporting and others fighting the proposals for a new wind farm in North Cornwall.

On Tuesday, a planning inquiry into the ‘The Big Field Wind Farm’ began in Launceston Town Hall. The proposals by Good Energy, a Wiltshire-based renewable energy company, if allowed to go ahead, would see 11 wind turbines sited on farmland between Week St Mary, Jacobstow, Warbstow, North Petherwin and Whitstone.

Good Energy’s original proposal for the Big Field Wind Farm was refused planning permission by Cornwall Council in October 2014, and the developer is appealing against the council’s refusal.

Evidence is due to be given to planning inspector, Paul Griffiths, and planning inquiry is expected to go on for approximately nine days.

Mr Griffiths has made visits to the site, to view the heritage aspects and surroundings. He is due to make further visits before making a decision.

Harmful impacts of the proposal, including heritage aspects, landscape and living conditions will be considered during the discussions. An analysis of the benefits of the proposal will also be carried out. Their objective is to develop a balanced argument.

Many members of the public showed their opposition to the project, expressing how the wind farm would have a negative impact on living conditions and housing prices, as well as creating more noise pollution and being a general eyesore for the community.

However, many members of the public attended the meeting to show their support for the project.

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