Following on from the revelation on VentnorBlog that there’s a chance of some large-scale wind turbines on the Wight, we’ve been in touch with Cornwall Light & Power who own the site on Cheverton Down with the current wind turbine planning permission on it.
Katherine Doerr, Development Manager at Cornwall Light & Power told us the following, “Cornwall Light & Power has planning permission to build a small wind farm comprising three turbines at Cheverton Down.
However, this planning consent originally dates from 1993 and the technology specified is no longer available to buy, so we would have to use second-hand turbines brought over from the mainland.
“For this reason, we intend to submit a revised planning application for three modern turbines which would support Vestas manufacturing and research and development on the Island, and would produce ten times more clean, emissions-free electricity than the consented turbines would allow.
“This would be in-keeping with the principles of the Eco-Island strategy and help to make the Island a world leader in renewable energy technology.
“We recently visited the Big Green Picnic and saw overwhelming public support for our proposals, so we very much look forward to working with the local public and stakeholders to help shape our plans for wind energy on the Isle of Wight.
“We will make further information available via our website at in due course.”