Redundant Wind Farm –An Environmental Eyesore!

The Wind Farm at Laneast (Nr Launceston) has not been operation for some time and as you can see below some turbines have no blades and others no longer move!
This is an environmental eyesore and potential hazard. When Planning Applications were approved for wind turbines such as these we were told by councils that such installations would temporary and at end-of-life they would be removed and the land restored to its original state.
Mabrake has written to Cornwall County Council about this matter and we await their response.

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Return of the Wind Turbines – New Threat!

Mabrake and others have successfully lobbied to stop the installation of new On-Shore Wind Turbines. However a new threat is growing. Powerful energy companies and investment  groups are pressing the government and opposition parties to allow many new Turbines to be installed in the UK countryside. They argue that this is necessary to meet the new government target of a UK net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. This is not true!

The UK has done remarkably well in building renewable energy capacity through Off-Shore Wind Turbine investment, something Mabrake supports. There are many other ways that our renewable energy resources can be expanded without destroying our countryside. For example why are not all major commercial buildings encouraged to install solar panels on their roofs, why are not all new residential buildings made to install solar tiles (more attractive than panels) as part of building regulations.

Mabrake recently contacted our local MP Geoffrey Cox on this matter,in the past he has supported our campaigns against specific applications to install large wind Turbines locally. He has promised to lobby on our behalf to resist any changes to government policy in this area.

If you want to add your voice and tell Geoffrey how you feel about the prospect of large new wind Turbines then he can be contacted on:

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AONB Boundary consultation – MABRAKE leaflet

Some of you will have received a leaflet asking you to respond to a Tamar Valley AONB consultation document concerning possible changes to the current AONB boundaries.

We have been asked to make clear that this leaflet is from MABRAKE and not from TVAONB itself.

As you are aware MABRAKE are campaigning to have the boundary extended and you see details of that in previous posts.

We and TVAONB would still like you to respond to their consultation document which can be found at:

The closing date for responses is 16th November 2018



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AONB extension – we need your help

As we outlined in our post of April 2018 Mabrake have proposed an extension to the Tamar Valley AONB to give our area more protection against inappropriate development. This extension would apply to the area between Lifton, Lydford and Lamerton and would join TVAONB to the Dartmoor National Park.

Tamar Valley AONB have now published a consultation document asking for views on possible extensions to the existing boundaries.

This document is published at

To provide your input please go the section Protected Landscapes review process and say you support the Mabrake proposal. More details on our proposal can be found in our post of April 2018. The consultation ends on the 16th November 2018. But please do not hesitate we need your support now.

Thank you

Gary Vanstone    Chairman






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MABRAKE makes AONB proposal to protect our local landscape

As many of you are aware, MABRAKE campaigns for the protection of our lovely West Devon landscape. We fight against inappropriate developments like wind turbines, large solar panel arrays, over development, and tree protection amongst other things.

Some time ago, we became aware that the AGLV designation (Area of Great Landscape Value) for the Lyd and Lew valleys had been abandoned in 2009, leaving the triangle between the TVAONB, (World Heritage Site), Dartmoor National Park and the A30 to the north, with no landscape designation protection.

MABRAKE has campaigned to address this by requesting an “AONB Boundary Variation Order, under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.”

Our survey of some 14 local parishes affected received some 75% support, and in a recent public questionnaire by Milton Abbot Grouped Parish Council the AONB proposal elicited overwhelming public support.

Our local MP Geoffrey Cox QC is also wholeheartedly behind the proposal, and has done some magnificent groundwork with various local authorities, to move the idea forward.

Tamar Valley AONB will soon be publishing their next 5 year Development Plan which we expect to include a public consultation question on our AONB proposal.

Our proposal has also now been submitted to Natural England for consideration, but it will take a significant time for them to review it and to go through the process of consultation and approval.

The basic proposal is that Tamar Valley AONB expands its territory to include the Lifton/Sourton,Tavistock triangle. The exact borders have yet to be determined to the north. The East and West boundaries would join TVAONB and DNP.

We feel that this AONB designation will protect our lovely area from inappropriate development in the future.

Naturally there will be some extra levels of Planning Permission, but the benefits will be significant, especially for farmers who will potentially have a new source of grant aid.

For a more comprehensive explanation of our proposal, please contact us at

Chris Burchell




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