Week St Mary near Bude, Urgent Help Needed – 11 x 125m (410ft) Turbines next to 138 acres of Solar Panels already approved!!

Week St Mary, a tranquil remote village in North Cornwall is under siege. Developers have already gained permission for 138 acres of solar panels near the village and now Good Energy have applied to construct a Wind Farm comprising of 11, 125m (410ft) Turbines on adjacent land. This is the biggest turbine proposal in Cornwall since the Davidstow proposal was defeated. Good Energy are, as expected, trying everything in their power to claim this commercial money making scheme is going to save the planet and mobilising supporters to attend local Parish Councils. Now Cornwall Council has organised a Public Meeting, at very short notice, to consult with residents and communities given the very high numbers of objections at over 600. Cornwall Council Website says,                       

Cornwall Council is holding a public meeting to share information and listen to public opinion on a planning application for a wind farm development at the Big Field Wind Farm, Week St Mary, Holsworthy.

The proposal is for land at and adjoining Creddacott Farm Week St Mary Holsworthy Cornwall EX22 6UU. The proposal is for the development of up to 11 turbines (up to 125m to blade tip) along with attendant equipment and infrastructure including 132kV substation, underground cabling, access tracks, crane pads, temporary construction compound, meteorological mast and off site highways work.

The public meeting will take place at 6pm on Tuesday 13 May, at the Budehaven Community School, Valley Road, Bude EX23 8DQ.

The public meeting provides an opportunity for the Strategic Planning Committee to hear from local people on all sides of the debate and no decision will be taken on the day.

Anyone attending the meeting who wishes to express their views on the planning application to the Strategic Planning Committee will be asked to register on arrival and will then be called upon to speak.

The planning application is due to be considered by the Strategic Planning Committee on 5 June 2014. Details of the strategic planning committee meetings and agendas is available online

Full details of the application can be found on the online planning register under reference number PA14/02107.

This development will destroy a large section of the tranquil rural landscape between Bude and Holsworthy. The development will be visible for many miles, impacting on communities, heritage assets, ecology/bio diversity and the Tourist Industry. It must not be allowed to happen.

Object Now. Make your voice heard. Attend the Meeting.

3 Responses

  1. Jan England
    Jan England May 11, 2014 at 8:38 am | | Reply

    This madness has to stop. What will be the use of power, there won’t be any food to cook if good farmland is used up.
    Surely Cornwall has done its bit.
    From my house on a hilltop near Bude, I can now count over twenty turbines of various sizes, the latest a huge one only a few hundred yards away.

    The applications for these solar and wind farms are not well enough publicised, I have now signed up for this website, as came across it purely by chance.
    I will make an objection if not too late .
    J england

  2. Dave Cornthwaite
    Dave Cornthwaite May 15, 2014 at 10:29 pm | | Reply

    I absolutely agree with Jan England. Cornwall is being ruined – just for the profit of a few. Another massive turbine has just gone up overlooking Wadebridge. 5 more are being built in the same area. It’s easy – build the turbines off-shore or put them where they don’t ruin the landscape. It’s time for the madness to stop

  3. Robert Bovill
    Robert Bovill March 22, 2016 at 8:53 pm | | Reply

    There is only one reason for wind farms and that is to make money for the people who produce them and for those on whose land they stand.

    Much has been said about the power of these generators but this is only produced if they turn at their optimum speed. There is only a very narrow window in which they can produce any useful amount of power – wind velocity between 15 and 40 mph approximately. Velocities here are often very much higher so that the blades have to be feathered to prevent damage and, at the other extreme, there are often long periods when there is little or no wind at all so that the blades stand still. I have known a blocking high pressure system here in North Cornwall when turbines have stood still for as long as six weeks.

    There are already too many of them in this area and there is even one in the middle of an industrial estate in Launceston. I live in North Petherwin and can see one 0f these machines from my living-room window. It is not a pretty sight!

    The damage to the countryside is immense. Vast amounts of concrete have to be put down to a considerable depth to support the masts and to build the access roads for maintenance. This will often be to the detriment of underground watercourses.

    For people who, like Ms England, live only a few hundred yards away from one of these masts the quality of life must be very much reduced.

    The visual impact too on a beautiful landscape is dreadful and, apart from the impact on those of us who live here, tourism will be affected – after all who wants to visit a once beautiful part of the country when it has become spoiled by wind- farms?

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