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Planning applications to be submitted for wind turbines in Grampound area (see update at bottom of article)

The Airvolution wind turbines on the Garlenick estate were installed and became operational in September-November 2014. See Garlenick turbines The developer has set up a community fund for the benefit of the parish. The parish has already received £65,000 from this fund and will receive further monies of £15,000 per annum for the lifetime of the project. For further details, see Grampound Community Fund.

There could be two planning applications submitted in the near future for wind turbines in this area. Cornwall Council has plans to install one turbine of 1.5 MW capacity on land just west of the Garlenick turbines. A public meeting was held in Grampound Village Hall in January 2014 and a follow up meeting was held in August 2014. It is anticipated that the formal planning application will be made in the next few weeks. Local residents will be informed when the application is submitted and everyone will have a chance to submit their comments on it at that time. It is anticipated that the sum of £7,500 per annum will be made available to the parish through a community fund that will be set up to run in parallel with the existing Grampound Community Fund.

In addition, local farmer, Harvey John, is likely to submit a planning application for a wind turbine of 250 KW capacity on his land at Penbetha Farm. This is in the parish of Probus but the turbine will be visible from parts of the village of Grampound. A public meeting was held in Grampound Village Hall on 14 November to publicise the proposal. It is anticipated that the sum of £1,000 per annum will be made available as a community fund contribution from the project. This sum will be split 50:50 between the parishes of Probus and Grampound.

A map below shows the location of these proposals together with other turbine projects in this area. If the latest two projects go ahead, there will then be 5 wind turbines located within the parish of Grampound with Creed. There is an existing permission for a turbine on land at Penans Farm. However, the indications from the developer are that this will not be progressed before the existing permission runs out of time in 2016. At that stage, any proposal for a turbine at this location would have to submit a new planning application. One other proposal for a wind turbine within the parish was refused planning permission; and an application for two turbines was withdrawn when the developer found that he was unable to satisfy the concerns of the planners.

Just to the west of the parish, within Probus Parish, there would be 2 turbines: the recently installed turbine on Trewithen land and the turbine at Penbetha Farm.

See map below, or download a pdf version of the map and details of the applications

December 2014 

UPDATE 19 December: The application for the turbine at Penbetha Farm has been submitted to Cornwall Council and is available for viewing and anyone can submit comments. Application no. PA14/11579. Follow the link to Council Planning Portal and then type the application number PA14/11579 into the Search box. (Map updated 22 December to reflect latest information.)

UPDATE 1 JANUARY 2015: It is clear that there is a number of residents of Grampound who wish to object to the above application and who feel that, because I am supportive of the application, their views may not be suitably represented in the planning system. The Cornwall Councillor for the adjoining area has agreed to be available to talk to anyone who would like assistance in putting forward their objection. See contact details for Mike Eathorne-Gibbons.

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