A controversial plan to build wind turbines on a farm near Beccles has been withdrawn, as the applicants hit out at the decision to hold a formal inquiry.

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It was announced last week that an inquiry rather than a public hearing would take place after Stamford Renewables’ bid for wind turbines at Laurels Farm, Barsham, was rejected by Waveney District Council.

But now the company has withdrawn its appeal, with the time and expense of the process cited as reasons.

Mike Stamford, chief executive of Stamford Renewables, said: “The decision to hold a planning inquiry has had a devastating impact on the appellant’s position. It is no longer cost-effective to proceed and, as a result, the appeal for the wind power development at Laurels Farm is immediately withdrawn.”

The company initially had an application for nine wind turbines across three farms turned down by Waveney District Council in October 2010, but it appealed the decision for three at Laurels Farm and its latest proposals had been for just two.

In a letter to the Planning Inspectorate, Mr Stamford said there had been £200,000 of “unnecessary expense” and a public inquiry would cost a further £250,000.

A residents’ group formed to fight the plans said they were delighted the appeal had been withdrawn.

Philip Johnson, of the group, said: “It has been wonderful how the local people have come together, raised funds and given up so much time.”

7 comments

  • Good. This is just a moneymaking racket for a few paid for by the many.

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    T Doff

    Saturday, February 18, 2012

  • Great news, everyone knows that the oil will never run out yeah?

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    ds99

    Saturday, February 18, 2012

  • It's a bit rich for a developer of such a contorversial proposal to winge about the holding of a public inquiry. The planning process is heavily loaded in favour of the applicants - local residents cannot appeal if permission is granted for a scheme. Developers should not be proposing things that will not stand up to public scrutiny by a planning inspector.

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    JCW

    Saturday, February 18, 2012

  • Good news. These proposals were completely inappropriate and much nearer homes than the ones causing such problems at Kessingland. The electricity generated would have been tiny from the two turbines and they were only ever about generating subsidies for the speculators involved.

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    thomaspaine

    Saturday, February 18, 2012

  • Deepee- perhaps you are getting confused between Barsham in Suffolk and the Barshams in Norfolk. If you don't know where the one is against the others, then, maybe, you are unqualified to comment. Otherwise please distinguish the people who won't be trodden over in this case as being SNN (Suffolk Nimby Network).

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    T Doff

    Saturday, February 18, 2012

  • So, the NNN (Norfolk Nimby Network) wins again.

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    Deepee

    Saturday, February 18, 2012

  • ds99. What do wind turbines have to do with oil? You may not know but we have closed power stations fuelled by oil. Admittedly, we were forced to reopen some oil-fuelled capacity in the winter of 2010 when demand was sky high and all the then metered wind capacity in the UK (2,430MW) was producing as little as 20MW, less than 0.1% of headline capacity.

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    NLys

    Saturday, February 18, 2012

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