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26 Mar 2009 05:03:03

Wind farm repowering permission denied



Wind farm repowering permission denied
Earlier this month the Carrick District Council rejected an application by ScottishPower to further develop the Carland Cross wind farm.

The application was rejected despite receiving the backing of the council's own planning officers, National England, English Heritage, the Environment Agency, Highways Agency and Cornwall County Council's planning and environmental service departments, according to the West Briton.

However, the proposal, which would increase the capacity of the wind farm, was also opposed by members of community campaign group Residents Against Turbines (RATS).

ScottishPower planned to replace the existing 49-metre turbines with 100-metre turbines, each rated with a two megawatt capacity.

Earlier this week, secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Miliband called for opposition to wind farms to be considered taboo.

Speaking at a screening of the climate change film the Age of Stupid, he said: "The government needs to be saying, 'It is socially unacceptable to be against wind turbines in your area - like not wearing your seatbelt or driving past a zebra crossing'."

Starting April 1st, the Carrick Council will be joined with other county borough and district councils to form a unitary Cornwall Council.

According to thisiscornwall.co.uk, critics of the decision have said that the project was blocked because councillors are courting votes ahead of elections for the new council.

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