A renewable energy developer last night said that village opposition would not stop an application for wind turbines on the edge of Hempnall following the opening of a public consultation.

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A long-running saga over a wind farm development in the south Norfolk village entered a new chapter when TCI Renewables displayed its plans for four 126m-high turbines off Bussey’s Loke.

Officials from the Oxfordshire-based firm said they had taken on board residents views at an exhibition last year and reduced the height of the proposed masts.

However, members of SHOWT (Stop Hempnall’s Onshore Wind Turbines) said they were preparing to fight the scheme, which they say will have a “disastrous” impact on the landscape and local listed buildings.

Plans were first submitted for a seven turbine development off Bussey’s Loke by Enertrag UK more than six years ago, which was rejected by South Norfolk councillors and by an inspector on appeal.

The new proposals at the site, known as Streetwood Wind Farm, would provide enough renewable energy for 5,200 homes and would boost community coffers by £400,000 over the 25 years of the project, claims TCI Renewables.

Peter Forest, project developer, said TCI aimed to submit a planning application to South Norfolk Council by Christmas.

He added that it did not matter if the majority of villagers opposed the scheme because there was support across the UK for onshore wind.

“If we are going to have cheap electricity, we are going to need onshore wind farms,” he said.

Hilary Battye, spokesman for SHOWT said: “We do not want a prolonged fight with TCI, but we are fully prepared for it.

“The impact on the Grade I listed church and cultural heritage will be very strong.”

Michael Windridge, South Norfolk councillor for Hempnall, added: “TCI’s plans for a wind turbine development outside Hempnall represents a big money project for wealthy landowners and rich investors, which will desecrate the beautiful south Norfolk landscape

4 comments

  • Another wind energy telling pork pies - who would have beleived it? Makes a mockery of localism. Surely, it can't be all about money and not the environment or our energy security, surely........?

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    Trevor S

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • TCI Renewables. Bring it on. EDP, the TCI scheme for tonight is NOT new. It is identical using 4 turbines to that which we shot down in the TCI public exhibition in January 2012. TCI greed appears to make TCI gluttons for punishment. TCI, are you hoping that with the Mill Centre as venue, with sparse local parking, that we will not come and pull your scheme apart? For your "new" stochastic, intermittent, unreliable and erratic wind power station scheme to work for "5,200" homes, you need a Load Factor of 36-38%. DECC Restats 'EAST', 1998-2010 average of 24.8% with 2010 being 20.93% alone. You will be lucky if it supplies a range 2,780-3,512 homes-I've used DECC published statistical data. Then the claim of saving 9,900 tonnes of CO2 [which is not carbon]. With the generation calculation for the homes, you would be lucky to save in the range 3,960-7,841 tonnes! You used 4.700MWh per home, I used DECC South Norfolk average 4.954MWh. And just to make the point of your supposedly 'using sound science responsibly', it is NOT renewable energy as it enforces 24-365 fossil fuel backup which criminally wastes fossil fuels, fuels which future generations may need for their own needs.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • What happened to the "Full Report" promised for Friday's EDP? It does not seem to have been written.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Saturday, September 22, 2012

  • I'm working abroad at present so can't attend, fortunately for TCI, that's for sure. I know there will be massive opposition to this proposal, as there should be, I'm only glad of one thing.....I don't work for TCI and I won't be working at their doomed presentation this evening!!! I feel really sorry for the people of Hempnall, after years of hassle with the inept Enertag, they now face years of hassle with this bunch. The landowner must be getting short of friends, he or she certainly won't need to clear the fireplace for the xmas cards this year!

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    windup

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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