Ecotricity to appeal council’s refusal of Shipdham wind turbine plan

PUBLISHED: 12:18 19 October 2012 | UPDATED: 10:54 22 October 2012

Ecotricity want to build two wind turbines near Shipdham.

Ecotricity want to build two wind turbines near Shipdham.

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Villagers will be put “under the cosh” after a green energy company has appealed against a Breckland Council decision to reject plans for two wind turbines, it was claimed today.

The Ecotricity application for the 100m-high turbines on agricultural land at Church Lane, between Bradenham and Shipdham, near Dereham, was turned down by councillors in August.

A battle to install the turbines has been taking place for more than a decade, during which time the application has been refused by Breckland on several occasions and has been through public inquiries and High Court hearings.

Ecotricity has again appealed to the Planning Inspectorate. It is not yet known when an inquiry will be held but a spokesman for the company said it could take place at the start of next year.

Stephen Kite, chairman of the action group Campaign Against Turbines in Shipdham, said: “We expected they would appeal. It is just another expression of their appalling behaviour. Having lost on previous occasions, here they are putting the people of Shipdham and Daffy Green under the cosh again when they know that local people have acted democratically to say no to this. They are flying in the face of democracy.”

The Ecotricity spokesman said the company was “disappointed” Breckland refused the plans on landscape grounds.

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  • In law you can be found to be a 'vexatious litigant' and barred from pursuing further legal action in a case. This principle should be applied to planning applications where the likes of Ecotricity refuse to take no for an answer and bludgeon local communities with repeated appeals and re-applications. They can only afford this behaviour because of the excessive production subsidies which are driving the whole wind rush. Official output figures show that consumer subsidies paid for a single typical onshore 2 MW wind turbine in the United Kingdom range from £130,000 to £470,000 per annum.

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    Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • I'm glad they are to appeal. The outcome in the end is that they will be bulit. And about time to. YES TO WINDFARMS...! LOOK AFTER OUR FUTURE.....! DON'T TRY TO STAND IN THE WAY OF PROGRESS...!

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    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • This is totally unnaceptable. Can anyone who doesn't live there even begin to understand life with this hanging over them for more than 10 years? Ecotricity should be ashamed, I expect it isn't. This has now taken the gloves off, now we really KNOW that all wind power is about money making, nothing to do with electricity generation. I am sure that the people affected could take Ecotricity to the European Court of Human Rights. And should.

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    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • This is unacceptable behaviour. Prisoners cannot be treated like this. The people of Shipdham have done nothing wrong yet their lives can be blighted by Ecotricity. If ever there was proof that wind power has nothing to do with electricity generation and all to do with money generation this is it.

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    Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • This is unacceptable, outrageous behaviour. I there was ever any doubt about wind power it is understood now. This has nothing to do with electricity generation, only money generation. The people of Shipdham have done nothing wrong, yet their lives have been disturbed, to sat the least for 10 years, now more. Ecotricity should be taken to the EU court of Human Rights over this

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    Saturday, October 20, 2012

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