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Councillors approve 14 wind turbines across south Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 16:40 18 October 2012 | UPDATED: 17:22 18 October 2012

A wind turbine. Picture by Stop Press

A wind turbine. Picture by Stop Press

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Councillors gave the go ahead for 14 wind turbines to be built across south Norfolk, including one application that sparked a leaflet opposition campaign by villagers.

On Wednesday, South Norfolk Council’s development management committee agreed to six applications for turbines varying in height from 15m to 18m at a meeting on Wednesday.

The plans approved included two 15m high turbines at Grove Farm in Pulham Market, three 15m high turbines at Red House Farm in Station Road, Tivetshall St Margaret, three 15m high turbines at Rookery Farm in Pulham Market, two 18m high turbines at The Hall in Pulham Market and three 15m high turbines at Bush Green Farm in Pulham Market.

However, a decision to accept plans for a 15m high turbine at Church Farm in Wicklewood sparked angry scenes in the public gallery at the council chamber, with one opponent shouting that the verdict was a “complete travesty to democracy.”

The vitriol followed a number of letters from residents to the council claiming Peter Meacock’s plans would have a visual impact on the countryside and the likely noise and vibration from the structure, which would affect nearby residents and wildlife.

However, Mr Meacock said some of the claims made by residents were alarmist, which included that he was building a wind farm and presented a slide show of photos of neighbouring homes showing trees blocking the view of where the turbine would be.

He also provided photos of existing structures in the area which could be deemed to have a negative visual impact on the countryside, including an electricity pylon.

Cllr Murray Gray, who represents Earsham, said: “I don’t see that it is going to have much of an impact in terms of residential amenity.”

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