Relief for Week St Mary residents as wind farm appeal thrown out by High Court

Member of Parliament for North Cornwall, Scott Mann, has described his “delight” at the news that the High Court in London has dismissed proposals to build a wind farm near Week St Mary.

The application by Good Energy Generation Ltd to build 11-turbines, namely the Big Field Wind Farm, was rejected by both Cornwall Council and the Communities Secretary, with a vast majority of local councils and residents also opposing the proposals.

During a public inquiry conducted by the Planning Inspectorate in 2016, Scott Mann lodged his objections to the wind farm, saying that it would have a negative impact on the environment and the landscape, and that the developer should respect the decision by Cornwall planners and the will of local people.

Based on the findings of the inquiry, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government decided to uphold Cornwall Council’s decision and reject the wind farm. Good Energy then lodged an appeal with the High Court in 2017, which today was dismissed by judges.

Welcoming the decision, Scott Mann MP said:

“I’m delighted that the High Court has dismissed this appeal by Good Energy and that the will of local people has prevailed.

“The proposed wind farm was heavily scrutinised by local planners and the Planning Inspectorate, and I was astounded that even after a drawn out inquiry which ended with the Secretary of State rejecting the proposals, Good Energy decided to appeal it in the courts.

“I know this decision will be a huge sigh of relief for the people of Week St Mary and all those in North Cornwall who care about protecting our countryside and beautiful landscape.”