Yet another turbine appeal is dismissed and while the impact on two Grade 1 Listed Churches is one of the reasons given the second issue raised by the Planning Inspector is music to the ears of Cornwall Protect. The Appeal for the proposed 77m turbine near St Tudy in North Cornwall was also dismissed because,
“16. The proposed turbine would be seen in the same views as other turbines from many locations in the surrounding area and the cumulative impact would lead towards an industrialisation of the character of the area”.
We have been warning Cornwall Council for a long time that the unique qualities of Cornwall’s greatest sustainable asset, the landscape, are being eroded by these huge moving industrial structures. Edwina Hannaford the Cornwall Councillor responsible for planning has told us she does not want to see Cornwall industrialised. People living in mid-Cornwall, along the A30 corridor from Launceston to Camborne, and across the tranquil and rugged wildness of North Cornwall don’t believe her. They believe the “Green Cornwall” agenda is being pursued for political reasons and the many protections for our environment are being wilfully ignored.
If this isn’t the case why are Cornwall Council wanting to build their own turbines on the Roseland Peninsula. An area rich in Heritage Assets and a jewel in the crown of Cornwall’s unique landscape? Why would anyone wish to place these huge moving industrial structures in the unspoilt rural tranquillity of St Ewe, and Gorran?
It is ironic and a sad comment on Cornwall Council that as we try to unpick the legacy of the industrial revolution they are seriously suggesting such developments.