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Villagers vote to go ahead with wind turbine 'taller than Truro Cathedral'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 10, 2012

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Campaigners squeezed a narrow victory in the first round of their fight to build a 76 metre (249ft) wind turbine in a Cornish village.

The Low Carbon Ladock co-operative and Green Trust CIC are the two groups behind the bid to build the community-owned turbine on farm land east of New Mills at Ladock, near Truro.

They believe the 500-800kW structure will power around a third of the electricity used each year by homes and businesses in the parish.

At least £30,000 per year would also be generated for the local community according to the organisations.

Before planning permission can be submitted to Cornwall Council the co-operative and Green Trust CIC, a community energy company based in Cornwall wanted to test public support.

Some 633 questionnaires were sent out to households in Ladock and neighbouring Grampound Road – 308 were returned to independent market research company, PFA Research.

Of those returnees, 56% were in favour of the turbine, 42% against and 2% declined to answer the question.

Overall, 27% of households responded with a yes, 20% with a no, while 52% failed to respond.

Chris Jones chairman of Low Carbon Ladock said he was pleased the required amount of support had been garnered.

He said: "The co-operative were quite clear that if we did not achieve a 55% yes vote then we would not even submit the planning application.

"It is great to have passed that benchmark, meaning that we can now move forward to the planning process, but we must remember that it is the planning system that will really determine whether the community turbine will go ahead.

"We would have liked more returns as we want the whole community to be engaged, however, what is encouraging is that one in two households in the area participated in the consultation.

"We know there are concerns from people who live near the proposed site, but we looked across the parish for a suitable site and are confident the one chosen is the best possible location to have a community turbine of significant scale."

Local resident Richard Conybeare, who lives at Ladock, said he was opposed to the turbine being erected in the village.

He said: "While I am all for renewable energy and back a lot of what Low Carbon Ladock co-operative do, I don't believe such a huge structure is suitable in our village.

"We're talking about building something that's two feet taller than Truro Cathedral."

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  • Fotografo  |  October 12 2012, 2:34PM

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  • Taxman100  |  October 11 2012, 12:34PM

    Olly_Gark. You are correct. The Parish will be making their £30,000.00 at the expense of the general taxpayer. The greed and selfish behaviour they openly display is no different from those who deliberately sponge off the taxes paid by hard working people - overtly selfish and greedy! Additionally, their greed knows no bounds as they damage the environment, yet claim their Green credentials. They are no different from the Banker's who created the crisis in 2008 - greedy and immoral! I sincerely hope Cornwall Council sees this application for what it truly is and refuses to support it.

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  • 2ladybugs  |  October 11 2012, 12:18PM

    None of the figures add up so how they got to 55% saying yes will remain a mystery I guess!!?? Villagers of Ladcock you've been made suckers of.

  • toffer99  |  October 11 2012, 11:59AM

    So this will be as high as Truro Cathedral: http://tinyurl.com/9jmbndk

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  • Truro_England  |  October 11 2012, 10:21AM

    what is the cost to make and install these turbines inc man hours, fuel for all the vehicles, cut down the trees near by to put up power cables etc etc But I will get shut down for asking these questions because i dont believe in this global stealth tax hoax with as brain washed so many. 500-800kW is just a thrid of all these houses in the village, and this is only gernerated if these turbines are running at full speed every day, and if all these tree huggers want electric cars then we would need a power station to run them.

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  • bissoeboy  |  October 10 2012, 4:19PM

    Surely it is better to try to create our own energy, even if it's sometimes initially subsidized, than to keep importing energy into the county? In addition, they are subsidising these useless technologies to boost their advancement in an attempt to reduce excessive charges!

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  • Olly_Gark  |  October 10 2012, 2:28PM

    "At least £30,000 per year would also be generated for the local community according to the organisations." No. At least £30,000 a year will be looted from the tax payer and from excessive charges to *all* electricity users in order to subsidise this useless technology.

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