Bodham wind turbine plan suffers another blow from top court judges

An artist impression of what the proposed Bodham turbine will look like from Osier Lane, Bodham An artist impression of what the proposed Bodham turbine will look like from Osier Lane, Bodham

Thursday, June 5, 2014
3:05 PM

A long running bid to build a wind turbine in north Norfolk has suffered another setback after a decision by some of the top judges in the land.

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The Court of Appeal has sided with a High Court decision to quash planning permission for the scheme at Bodham near Holt.

The single turbine which would power 600 homes had been refused by North Norfolk District Councillors in 2012, but then granted by a planning inspector.

However in February this year the council took the case to the High Court which said the inspector’s decision was legally flawed.

Green energy developers Genetic, run by father and son John and David Mack, then went to the Court of Appeal, which has now said the Macks’ appeal had “no reasonable prospects of success”.

As a result, the Planning Inspectorate will now be asked to reconsider the case.

David Mack said he was disappointed with the result but was still confident the project, which would provide energy for 600 homes, would come to fruition.

He said: “The wind turbine will make a huge contribution to north Norfolk’s energy needs.”

He said the Bodham site fitted the criteria for a turbine, and because of the high wind speed, would produce twice as much energy as a similar turbine in Lincoln.

He said: “We are certainly thinking about what to do and will either appeal to the Planning Inspectorate or go back to the Court of Appeal.”

The district council’s cabinet member for planning, Benjie Cabbell Manners said he welcomed the decision, which supported the council’s actions in pursuing the case.

He said: “We will continue to act in the best interests of our communities to protect our landscape and heritage assets for the people of North Norfolk and its visitors.”

The district council’s leader Tom FitzPatrick, said: “We firmly believe that onshore wind turbines detract from the unique landscape of this beautiful area, in which tourism forms the most essential element of our economy.”

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4 comments

  • Good news for north Norfolk, stop the Bodham turbine

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    Stop the Bodham wind turbine

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • “The wind turbine will make a huge contribution to north Norfolk’s energy needs.”................ Yeah right! You mean the wind turbine would make a huge, at the cost of all utility bill payers, to the contribution to the Mack family bank accounts. It, sure as h*ll would have ZERO contribution to the needs of Norfolk energy needs, that's for certain, I have analysed the windflow and this , supposedly 800Kw machine would be lucky on a good day to manage 180Kw. So, people of Bodham, if you want to re-charge the mobile, this could be the way ahead, if you want to boil the kettle, you better start a roster!! This, and all other Green Idiocies have to be binned and asap, the future is shale gas until new Nuclear is in place. Green Energy = Idiocy, every time!!!

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    Windless

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • 'A huge contribution' I think, is simply untrue. The turbine proposed at Bodham would produce LESS than ONE THIRD of ONE PERCENT (0.3%) of the output of Sheringham Shoal but with a far higher visual impact.

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    blownaway

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • 'A huge contribution to North Norfolk's energy needs.' 600 homes - surely a bit of an over statement? - and at what cost including subsidies please. Straws are being grasped here,the law has spoken, so just let it go.

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    sensibletrousers

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

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