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LATEST NEWS....  26th September 2017
Good Energy has annnounced that it has ‘applied to the High Court for judicial review to try and overturn the decision’ and confirmed that there would be no further statement as proceedings are ongoing.

LATEST NEWS....  26th July 2017
Following an appeal to the Secretary of State against the rejection by Cornwall Council planners to allow the development of 11 large wind turbines in this area involving several local parishes, the Secretary of State has upheld the decision by Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee, to reject the application!
Click here to read the statement
issued by CARE
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issued by the Secretary of State

LATEST NEWS....  25th October 2014

The following report is from the Western Morning News:

A bid to build 11 turbines – almost 400ft to blade tip in height (125m) – on farmland in North Cornwall have been rejected by planners.

Good Energy tabled the proposals for land near Week St Mary in North Cornwall.

But its controversial application, which stirred major opposition, was today turned down by Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee.

North Cornwall Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson welcomed the outcome saying:

 “Whilst I don’t have a say over planning decisions, I have been raising local people’s concerns with Cornwall Council planners and urged them to listen to the people living near the site rather than comments from those living hundreds of miles away.

“Local Cornwall councillors, who are properly elected to make planning decisions, have listened to all the evidence and have decided to reject this application."

“This sends a clear message to the developer Good Energy that, after careful consideration and based on the legal planning considerations, a judgement was made by those elected to represent local people that the plans were not appropriate."

“It has been hugely reassuring to know that my Lib Dem colleague Nicky Chopak, the Cornwall councillor for the area, has been listening to and representing local people’s views on this matter."

“I’d like to thank both Nicky and Week St Mary Parish Council who have put in a huge amount of work over the past few months on this very significant issue for the local community.”

 

PROPOSED RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT
at Week St. Mary... a synopsis:

Solar Panels:

One hundred and thirty local people attended a meeting held in the Parish Hall on Friday night (July 20th 2012) this had been convened to enable parishioners from Week St Mary and surrounding parishes to engage in open discussion concerning the alarming news that The Good Energy Company is proposing to develop 91 hectares (224 acres) of farmland into a Solar Panel 'Farm'!

This 'farm', although 'power station' or 'industrial site', would be more fitting titles, could be constructed on land at the edges of the parishes of Week St Mary, Canworthy Water and Warbstow owned by four local farmers. Even more alarming is the fact that two other farmers are in negotiations with Kronus (a German solar panel company) to develop a further 135 acres. This development would be adjacent to the 224 acre proposal and may affect North Petherwin parish too; together these would constitute approximately 360 acres!

There was a short presentation aimed at sharing as much information as is presently known about both proposals. This included maps, film footage of the affected fields and reference points for the two proposals to enable parishioners to comment on the Cornwall County Council Planning website.

Hugo House, representing The Good Energy Company, gave a short 'off the cuff' presentation before fielding questions and comments from the floor. Mr House was unable to say definitely what the benefits of a solar farm of this magnitude would be to the local communities and floated the sum of £25,000 to be shared between all public groups within three parishes; this was met with much derision.

The meeting ended with parishioners being asked to think about one of the statements from the Human Rights Act of 1998: 'the right to peaceful enjoyment of your property'.

Wind Turbines:

It has now been announced that a number of Wind Turbines are planned within a similar area thus raising more
concerns. A further meeting had been arranged at Week St. Mary Parish Hall on Thursday 21st February 2013, from 8am - 8pm when those concerned could meet with representatives from Good Energy.



Would you want this to happen to your area?

We have been asked to help publicise the following website to draw attention to the feelings of some of the parishioners regarding this issue...
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Please visit: 
www.wsmcare.co.uk          Communities Against Rural Exploitation
  

C.A.R.E. is a group set up by local people committed to opposing the current proposal to build an industrial-scale Wind Turbine and Solar Panel development on a green-field site near the communities of Week St Mary, Canworthy Water, Jacobstow, North Petherwin, Boyton  and Whitstone.

The proposal consists of fourteen 410ft high Turbines plus 80 acres of Solar Panels. This scheme is adjacent to another development of Solar Panels over 138 acres by another developer which already has planning permission. The developer has already provided misleading information and undertaken community research using very poor methods.

In the face of this, the aims of CARE in opposing the exploitation of our countryside for blatant corporate money-making are clear:
       • Provide an effective voice for those who oppose the development
       • Represent real local opinion
       • Coordinate research and information
       • Expose misleading information and present facts

This website  and our campaign will develop over time and we welcome  any help you can offer. If you would like to indicate your support, wish to comment or get involved, please email: enquiries@wsmcare.co.uk  or phone: 07454 919 157 or sign the form at the Village shop.


 
Further information on the company planning to build the Wind Turbines & Solar Panel Farms can be found here:
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For more information visit www.goodenergy.co.uk/week-st-mary or Email: wsm@goodenergy.co.uk


 

Paul Sousek has submitted a lengthy point of view regarding alternative energy on the Message page, but to ensure a wider audience we have decided to place it here:

 

Name: Paul Sousek    Email: paul@transitionNC.org 

What's so good about Good Energy?
We have all received a brochure from Good Energy describing their plans for the Week St Mary Renewable Energy Park. It is full of information, quite a few pictures and lots of quotes. But how good is the plan for us, local residents.

The company itself, Good Energy Group PLC, has seen an impressive growth since its inception as a small UK unit of a pan-European group, just 15 years ago. It has grown to become the only 100% renewable electricity supplier in the UK, which implies that it is our only sustainable energy company.

The proposed Renewable Energy Park has some interesting features:
1. It is a dual technology park, employing both wind and sun technologies to generate energy, which is an essential requirement to overcome the intermittency of both. I can tell you from personal experience that such a combination produces energy every single day of the year.
2. Unlike most others, Good Energy are offering substantial discount on electricity rates to the residents of all four parishes affected. So we can all benefit.
3. They are proposing a Community Fund to be shared by the four Parishes of about £79,000 per year. That sounds impressive, but given that they will turn over some £5 million/year, there is certainly large scope for negotiation. I'd hope that our four Parish Councils will manage to negotiate a higher figure. Just imagine what we could do that each and every year for 25+ years.
4. Good Energy 'hope to be able to offer' us an investment opportunity in the wind farm element of the park. Given the current near zero return on savings, that is a welcome proposal, although again, our Parish Councils will need to tie this down to specifics.
5. Employment and business opportunities will benefit mainly our contractors, but also others and should in the short term provide a noticeable support for the local economy.
6. Lastly, and most important of all, the proposed development will make a contribution to the planet-wide danger of catastrophic climate chaos which threatens our children's and grandchildren's future by leading to the destruction of our environment and widespread flooding due to sea level rise of anything between 6 and 18 metres. Every little helps!

Of course wind farms tend to attract great deal of criticism, mainly based on the perceived destruction of 'visual amenity' (that is 'view'), plus numerous ill-informed misconceptions. Whilst beauty (and visual amenity) is in the eye of the beholder and can only be assessed on an individual level, the other often-quoted misconceptions have been well researched and dismissed. Let me just mention: Wind turbines repay their investment in CO2 in between three and nine months; Wind turbines are virtually inaudible. Regulations ensure that neighbours will hear not more than 37 decibels, which is half the noise your fridge produces right in your kitchen!

Wind turbines kill less than 0.001 per cent of all the birds and bats killed by man-made structures. Their effect on the bird and bat population is imperceptible and about 10,000 times less than cars, windows in buildings, fertilisers and agri chemicals.

Research shows that tourist are largely happy to visit areas with wind turbines. Combination of wind turbines and PV panels produces energy on just about every single day of the year. Adding AD plants and energy storage to the system solves the intermittency issue of renewable energy.

These are not just my opinions, but results of scientific studies, such as the 'Common Concerns about Wind Power', a summary of over 130 scientific peer-reviewed papers. To read it, just Google the title or look it up on www.TransitionNC.org.

New discussion forum has been set up where you can express your own opinions, for or against, at www.TransitionNC.org (bottom of page). Have your say, add your ideas, discuss the proposals - its your future.
Paul Sousek, Cottage Farm, Jacobstow


Anthony Jones has also submitted a lengthy point of view regarding alternative energy on the Message page, but to ensure a wider audience we have decided to place it here:

I've just been reading the lengthy articles on the wind farm and solar farm and I see read the usual one-sided arguments by those who will benefit from the development. So I thought it best if I state my points and questions which are never answered:

1) The Good Energy Company is soley in this for profit - this has nothing to do with helping the environment. Quite simply if they had to do this for zero profit it would not happen!

2) Thes wind turbines will not pay-back their CO2 emissions in 3-9 months as stated. This is factually incorrect and usually takes only part of the total manufacturing cycle. Good Energy don't provide the total energy used in extracting the raw materials from the ground, shipment to the manufacturing sites, processing, further shipment to manufacturing sites, shipment between ports, land transport, and construction of the final phase. As you can see there are a lot of pieces in the jig-saw that get ignored conveniently. The true payback on these turbines is nearer 15-20 years based on research done in the UK.

3) The Good Energy Company will turn over £5m / year from this site apparently yet they offer local residents who will be most affected a mere 20% off their standard tariff. Don't be fooled into thinking this is a lot of money as you need to compare this with the cheapest energy tariff by any supplier and the saving is actually derisary. Given the massive impact and the vast amount of energy produced, you would have thought that free energy for anyone in a 5km proximity would be the least they could offer - after all the wind turbines alone will power 17,000 homes and the solar panels 3,000 - I suspect the total number of homes within a 5km radius is a couple of thousand but not sure and certainly not that many.

4) The community fund is derisary and something all these companies try to bribe the local residents with. Given the annual turn-over of this site, if they were trying to minimise the local reaction they would be providing vastly greater sums of money for the local community.

5) The farmers are doing this purely for money - not the environment. I have sympathy for farmers in the UK however selling out their local communities to allow massive industiral structures to be placed on their land is a step far from reasonable - there are other options and I think the solar farm is a more sensbile one.

6) The disruption that the construction of these sites creates is huge - our roads aren't built to carry these giant structures.

7) If I want to build a house in the countryside it will be turned down by Planning and If I wanted to build a 100ft chimney in the countryside then it would be the same answer. Wind turbines are merely industrial structures a bit like a chimney with blades on the end - without the propellar they are massive hollow tubes (chimneys) that protrude from the earth - what an eye-sore!

Having full transparency of the facts should be in everyone's interests and deciding if you want to live next to a massive industrial development in the heart of the countryside is something we all have to consider and either accept or fight - I know which way I'm going !


As these 2 letters above offer a balanced view of the situation we will not be publishing any more comments submitted via the message section. The message section is intended only for general questions, enquirires, etc.
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