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Cornwall shows strong local support

Consent has been granted for nine turbines at Bears Down in Cornwall, the larger half of a National Wind Power project that straddles the boundary of North Cornwall district with Restormel borough council. Matt Partridge from National Wind Power claims the project commanded strong local support, including from pressure group Cornish SOWE (Supporters of Wind Energy) who collected over 1000 signatures in support. In August 1998 NWP submitted planning applications simultaneously to the planning authorities of both districts. But Restormel councillors voted to refuse consent in November 1999. Just six days later, North Cornwall district councillors backed their larger share of the £7.5 million project. The county council then objected, but the Government Office for the South West decided not to call in the application to public inquiry. NWP is now to resubmit its application to Restormel Borough Council.

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