A 10-year saga over proposals for two giant wind turbines at Shipdham, near Dereham, is set to rumble on after Breckland councillors today voted to refuse planning permission.

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The Ecotricity application to build two 100-metre high wind turbines on agricultural land at Wood Farm, Church Lane, was refused by seven votes to four by the council’s planning committee.

David Hill, who runs Manor Farm, Bradenham, said: “Young and old, we are all in opposition to this application. The noise, we know, will be a constant intrusion. Day or night, you cannot turn these things off.”

He added that local policy in regards to wind turbines could trump government policy.

Lynda Turner, Breckland councillor for Shipdham, told the committee: “Shipdham is a lovely place to live. It is not perfect, but residents have the will that the best is done for the inhabitants. This village has been under a cloud of uncertainty for 10 years.”

She said the community was “fragmented and fragile” and a conclusion to the turbine issue was needed.

But she said there were some villagers who supported the application and alternative energy sources.

Geoff Hinchliffe, of Challenge Against Nimbyism in Shipdham, which is for the proposal, said: “We have campaigned for over 10 years against the arguments presented by an atypical group who used a variety of ploys to express their opposition to this proposal, on grounds which many of us consider to be primarily selfish.”

The application was refused on landscape grounds and the new location of the turbines, compared to the proposed location of the turbines in the previous application.

See tomorrow’s EDP for the full story and reaction.

14 comments

  • Nimbys win again! Wonder how many breckland councillors live in that area and are worried for their house prices? New energy sources are desperatly required and those nimbys who constantly moan about these turbines would soon moan a lot more if they had no electricity.

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    norfolkandgood

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • N&G Wrong on most if not all counts! How would you like 20% wiped of your property value, a property you have worked all your life to buy? If you're worried about a lack of electricity then you're going to need to top up the candle box if you're planning to use onshore wind. New energy sources are not desperately required, we have energy for hundreds of years not even including the obvious best, nuclear. The problem is that we are constantly being told by those who generally DON'T know that there is a problem which really doesn't exist. BTW I work in Oil and gas AND offshore wind farm installation!

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    Windless

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Ian. I would quite happily take 20% off the house price if I could afford to buy one of the houses that would be affected by the turbines.

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    norfolkandgood

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • N&G Even if you did, and I, for one, wouldn't you still need ear defenders and lots of candles!!

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    Windless

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Ian, yet again you fail to provide evidence. We can all come on here and give our VIEWS, but without facts, figures aka EVIDENCE that is all it is. What EVIDENCE have you got regarding the noise impacts in Kessingland? I would hedge my bets and say none. I feel you may have blurred the lines between truth and fiction.

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    norfolkboy15@gmail.com

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • NB15 If you refer back in the EDP to 1 June 2012 you will find the article re the noise issues at Kessingland, I'm quite sure the residents haven't made this up! You may also note that in the line above the last post it says "x" COMMENTS. This is not a court of law where evidence is compulsory, it is an opportunity to pass your own comment! To keep you busy, I hope, I have a task for you, I'd like you to find an EDP article "where local residents have been praising their new turbine and are wondering how they ever managed before it was built, we're all so happy to have it". That should keep you busy for a week or two!!!

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    Windless

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Ian, it is clear you are not in favour of wind energy however you fail to provide any references for your claims. One cannot help but feel that the whole planning system is abused by those who only have a vested interest in themsleves. Norfolk needs to be doing more in terms of sustainable energy and it's this blatant NIMBYism that's holding us all back.

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    norfolkboy15@gmail.com

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Ian, I am not saying they have made it up, however I am saying that the recordings taken at residential property close to the turbines in question have proved that the sound emissions are within the limits set by the Local Authority. With your reference to the reporting of wind energy I could just as well advise you to take a look at The Independent or the Guardian who clearly support such schemes. On the flip side the Daily Mail and Telegraph are clearly against. Unfortunately the EDP appears to be in-line with the latter. At the end of the day an article is merely a reflection of the views of its author.

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    norfolkboy15@gmail.com

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • As you know applicants can appeal to the Government to reverse local decisions so we need to get it onside, as well as councils and others, if we are going to stop these wind turbines being built. Are you disillusioned by rising electricity prices, over dependence on the “green” dream [especially uneconomical and inefficient wind farms] and the destruction of our countryside then please object to the Government by GOOGLING “E-PETITION 22958″ and following the link. Please pass this message on to Councillors, members of your community and anyone else you know to persuade them to sign up too. If you are really concerned about wind turbines please write a letter promoting this petition to your local Newsletter and to the Editors of your local newspapers.

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    David Ramsbotham

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • NB15 I dispute virtually everything you say, and here's why:- I actually work in Oil and Gas, AND OFFSHORE wind, my robot is currently connecting a wind farm off Newcastle right now. I'd question whether any form of wind energy, on or offshore is sustainable, the output is zero when its not windy, is that sustainable energy, I think not. Norfolk is doing more than it needs to, Sheringham Shoal, Dudgeon soon, 88 in SS, up to 168 in Dudgeon, North Walsham Solar Farm, I could go on, so I don't think that in any way "we're being held back" I don't normally respond to any post with NIMBY in it, this is a rare exception. The poor people of Shipdham have had this hanging over them for 10 YEARS now, how would you like to live like that? Have you considered the poor people of Kessingland who are suffering excessive noise from the two built there, what hope have they of getting them removed? I am NOT against wind power, I am totally against ONSHORE wind power and will work as hard as I can to prevent any more of it. At least MY cards are on the table, I'm not hiding anything!

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    Windless

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • FANTASTIC NEWS!! The people of Shipdham must be delighted! It does show the lengths the landowners will go to though, 10 YEARS for just 2 turbines, you couldn't make it up, just imagine how many man-hours and how much money has been spent on this (now failed again) application. And the best bit is, the National Grid is no worse off than it was yesterday as it would still have had to generate what little electricity these things do, to allow us to have electricity when it isn't windy!

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    Windless

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • NB15 I hope you're reading the article in today's EDP re the unacceptable noise at Kessingland, how timely, and appropriate!! I bet the people at Shipdham are doubly happy now. The sooner these absurd things are banned the better!

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    Windless

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Would Mrs Turner have been so vocal about this when she lived in Toftwood? - probably not, but now being a nimby she is full of support for Shipdham!

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    beverley

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Yes, damn those two enviornmentally friendly turbines with their irritating spinny things going round from time to time.... Whatever will Breckland's Councillors say when they get lumbered with an incinerator or two in a few years time, seeing that their mates just voted one through in Lynn?

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    Fenscape

    Monday, August 6, 2012

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