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Support letter to Cornwall Council for The Big Field wind farm

Support letter to Cornwall Council for The Big Field wind farm

Support letter to Cornwall Council for The Big Field wind farm: feel free to use any part of this letter in your own submission.

Easiest way to do so is to email planning@cornwall.gov.uk giving your full contact details and PA14/02107 in the subject:
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I would like to register my SUPPORT for the PA14/02107 planning application, The Big Field wind farm near Jacobstow, Cornwall.

Small group of objectors are spreading fears amongst the communities, which are largely baseless. The project will bring substantial advance in sustainability and resilience to the local communities and Cornwall as a whole and it is in line with Cornwall plan and should be approved.

As far as the various fears formulated by the objector group and made available for copying to the Council website by the frightened local residents are concerned, here is a short rebuttal

1. Damage to the local tourism: there is unlikely to be any. In fact the wind farm is likely to attract numerous visitors to the area, just like the Delabole wind farm does.

2. Ecological impact on wildlife: the impact of the wind farm will be entirely positive. The wind turbines as such have near zero effect on wild life, but the various measures planned by Good Energy will have a substantial and lasting positive effect on the whole local ecology.

3. Increase of traffic mainly lorries: yes, for a short time there will be more traffic then usual, but there will also be benefits: replacement bridge will be built in place of an old and somewhat dangerous current structure. Road surface will be brought to quality never seen on these roads before. Some widening in selected places will improve safety for decades to come.

4. Visual impact: these turbines will be built in a natural hollow, making them appear much shorter. All the local villages are well over a kilometre away from the site and that means these turbines will appear as little more than a small structure on the horizon. Just draw it to scale - 1000 m distance and 100 m height - the angle is minute, meaning the top of the turbines will just be dots on the horizon.

5. Carbon foot print of wind turbines of this size is repaid in terms of clean energy in about 3-4 months, followed by 19 years and 8 months of carbon free energy production.

6. Noise: nobody outside 1km circle will hear a thing. The turbines will appear completely silent. Within 1 km some properties may experience minute amount of noise - the regulations allow a maximum of 35 decibels - which is less than your fridge produces right in your kitchen. Noise is yet another manufactured fear.

7. Flicker: Nobody outside 1km distance can experience any flicker effect. Even inside that area, flicker at any particular house can occur perhaps 5 times per year on average, each lasting less than 15 minutes. You see flicker occurs only under some very special circumstances: the sun must be at the right height (perhaps 1 month a year), no cloud cover, wind must blow and blow from just the right direction and even if it does occur, the sun will move through the blade circle within a few minutes. You could invest in curtains if the few minutes do bother you.

8. Backup by power stations: Lot of nonsense again. Backup may be necessary when wind power begins to supply more than 20% of total electricity. We are far from that and the current variability is easily dealt with. In the future we shall need electricity storage facilities - and there are many highly efficient methods available, such as compressed air, hydrogen, batteries, pumped storage, cooled air to -200+C, chemical storage, heat store, even fly wheel storage. Others will no doubt emerge over time.

9.House prices: there is no evidence that wind farms lower house prices, however, even if that was the case, that would have its benefits. Surely we all know that houses are grossly overpriced in the UK, particularly so in Cornwall.

Apart from the short term increase in traffic during the building of the wind farm, there are no serious negative effects and no reason to object. There are numerous very good reasons indeed for supporting this project.