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Renewables 'saturation point' approaches in West Country

A map produced by the Western Morning News shows the location of wind and solar farm projects in the West of England.

This displays a high concentration of sites to the west of Plymouth and is used to support the claim that the West Country is fast approaching “saturation point” of wind and solar farms, according to local MP George Eustice.

Mr Eustace was further quoted as saying that although there is a role for renewable energy it “will only provide a small amount of our total energy needs”.

He further stated the farms are having a “detrimental effect on the Cornish countryside” and said tougher planning rules were required to ensure these could progress when supported by local communities.

There are currently 330 wind turbine sites across the West Country, with planning consent for 100 more.

Cornwall also has 33 solar farms producing approximately 137 MW of electricity, it was claimed.

Future plans include 219 acres of solar farms in the Luxylan and Bugler area, adding to the existing 42 acres.

With a growing number of complaints being voiced, locals have advised that each project should be carefully scrutinised in future to guarantee that each one will provide the correct level of benefit to the local community.

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