Community wind turbine moves forward for planning

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By mpad_mark | Friday, January 11, 2013, 15:32

Plans for an exemplar low carbon parish in mid Cornwall moved a step closer after a scheme to build a community wind turbine was submitted for planning.

The Low Carbon Ladock co-operative and Green Trust CIC have put forward plans for the proposed installation of the 500-800kW turbine in Ladock Parish.

The organisations have spent over a year on site searching, feasibility work, environmental studies and community consultation to get to the stage to submit a planning application.

Low Carbon Ladock's Chris Jones, said: "The whole team have worked incredibly hard over the last year and it's great to finally be at the planning stage.

"It is now in the hands of the planning officers and councillors at Cornwall Council.

"We can now only hope for a positive outcome to allow us to build on the success of our existing turbine solar panels and biomass boiler and the opportunities that has given to the local community through the revenue already generated."

If successful it is estimated the new 76m wind turbine will generate around a third of the electricity used each year by homes and businesses in the parish and at least £30,000 per year for the local community.

Chris added: "Before submitting the application we carried out a survey where we asked local residents what was important to them in terms of how the community will spend the revenue.

"Tackling fuel poverty in the community and making homes more energy efficient were two of the key actions that people wanted to see happen.

"With the new turbine and the funding generated we will be able to address these targets and make the change the local community want a reality.

"The turbine is key to the cooperative's strategy for establishing an exemplar low carbon parish, reducing energy bills and generating a sustainable income stream for the community. If we can make it work in Ladock parish, other communities in Cornwall can adopt the model.

"Wind power is happening in Cornwall. How it happens though is something we all have a choice in.

"Either we leave it to outside investors, or we create more community projects, like Low Carbon Ladock, where the money will stay in the local area and help people and groups who need it most."

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