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.

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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.”

13 comments

  • A 15m high turbine can hardly be called an eyesore. I can understand the argument against the giant masts planned for Tivetshall and Hempnall, but can't understand the argument against the small ones. I'd quite like one in my backyard.

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    Alan Edrich

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • Excellent news!

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    Thoreauwasright

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • This such a sad day for the people that live near these things. The noise they make is just shocking. No one should have to put up with it. The council should be ashamed of themselves.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • "PROPOSALS for an eco development of 49 homes, an office and commercial units in Long Sutton have been given the green light by South Holland’s councillors. The plans for Bridge Road also include six vertical axis wind turbines, allotment plots, open space and landscaping." (Spalding Guardian 11.01.2011) South Holland can do it - why are we so backward in Norfolk?

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    Thoreauwasright

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • It is clear then that Cllr Gray doesn't live in either Earsham, or in sight of these eyesores. He would also be well advised to find some other form of electricity, if these are hidden behind trees they're not going to see a lot of wind! Idiocy!

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    Windless

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • STOP AND THINK. We have hugh strips of black asphalt cut through our country side so you villagers can come to the towns to shop. We have billions of miles of over head cables so you can talk and enjoy modern comforts such as TV and lights. You live in giant boxes that in every way you look at them do not fit into the land scape at all. You have even larger boxes that some go to on a sunday and worship, I bet you think these look wonderful, but THINK because they do not look wonderful they look Normal because thats what your small forward thinking mind is used to. In all honesty if you placed an alien life form on this planet and said what's more ugly a Church or a 15M wind turbine I'm sure the Church would be it. THINK and THINK again.

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    Fact man

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • A 15m high turbine can hardly be called an eyesore. I can understand the argument against the giant masts planned for Tivetshall and Hempnall, but can't understand the argument against the small ones. I'd quite like one in my backyard.

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    Alan Edrich

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • I think some of you NIMBY'S are blowing the wind from your backside.

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    MickB1

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Pumped up village Taliban's, what did they do when tractors were introduced, throw apples at each other? Jealous envious and backward, these turbines should be free to erect, without the need for any fees accruing for nodding through sense in these times of expensive energy, Everyone should be able to generate as much electricity for themselves and the local communit , as possible.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • Even ignoring the blight they have on the countryside and the terrible noise they make destroying silence at the sweep of an arm they DO NOT WORK! as any engineer will tell you we need a constant supply of power to make the grid work, shuffling the odd volt across the country when the wind deigns to blow in the right quantity - too much and they are as impotent as in a dead calm.

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    Hertssimon

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Great News...WELL DONE. Common Sence at last. Now we can see more being approved in future. I'm really happy.

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    MickB1

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • Senseless idiocy, nothing less

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    windup

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • PLEASE lets stop this green madness !

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

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