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Tourists not put off

A survey of tourists in north Cornwall has found that three out of four support wind development. And for the large majority -- 95% -- the presence of wind farms will not prevent them visiting the area again.

In all, 311 visitors were interviewed by market research agency Robertson Bell Associates in August 1996. Sixteen of the tourists interviewed -- 6% -- said they were encouraged to visit the area again by the presence of wind farms. Only one person said it would stop them returning. The survey, to assess the impact of wind farms on tourism in the area, was commissioned by National Wind Power (NEWP) which hopes to build an 8 MW wind farm in north Cornwall at Davidstow. Much of the Cornish economy is dependent on tourists and there are already six wind farms in the area.

Meanwhile NWP has withdrawn its original plans for the wind farm at Davidstow after planners called for a fresh application following the company's decision to revise the number, size and layout of the turbines. According to NWP's John Ainslie, it now wants to build 14 machines rated at 600 kW instead of 16, 500 kW turbines. By building fewer, lower turbines, it hopes to meet concerns about noise.

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