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Davidstow wind farm for scrutiny?

The anti-wind lobby are organising a letter writing campaign to call in this application for scrutiny by the Minister in the hope of reversing its approval.

Transitioners may wish to write in or email themselves to balance the arguments a little. Here is a possible sample letter:

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To the Government Office of the South West regarding
Application No. 2008/01432

Mrs Tara Dickenson
Planning and Housing Delivery Team
Mast House
Shepherds Wharf
24 Sutton Road
Plymouth
PL4 OHJ

email: tara.dickenson@gosw.gsi.gov.uk

Application No. 2008/01432 Adjacent land to the south west, Davidstow Wood, Davidstow.

Renewable energy project comprising the erection of 20 wind turbine generators, each with a maximum height of 126.5 metres together with associated access tracks, hard standing areas, control and substation building, borrow pits, two meteorological masts and a temporary construction compound

Dear Mrs Dickenson,

I wish to ask that Application No. 2008/01432 not be called in on the following grounds:

It does not run contrary to national and regional planning policies, due to the choice of an inappropriate site for a development of this size and scale.

Although the proposed wind farm would be close to the edge of the Bodmin Moor, it would be built on the site of an old and derelict airport and next to a large cheese factory.

The structures would be visible from small part of the Moor, as is the existing A39 Atlantic Highway with all its traffic, the derelict airport and the cheese factory.

On the other hand the wind farm would greatly contribute to Cornwall's and national renewable energy targets.

The decision to approve the wind farm is an example of a rare firm stand against NIMBYism and should be applauded, rather than causing delays and uncertainty by further scrutiny.

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