Wind farm objectors in two south Norfolk communities are preparing for new battles in 2013 after a renewable energy firm declared its intention to develop two sites.

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Campaigners in Hempnall are poised to respond to new plans by TCI Renewables for four 126m-high turbines in the village following a public consultation last year.

And residents in Tivetshall St Mary, near Diss, are also waiting to see whether plans for three 140m-high turbines will be determined by district councillors in 2013.

The proposals, near to the A140, off New Road and Patten Lane, were submitted by Enertrag in 2011, but were taken on by Oxfordshire-based TCI Renewables last year.

Another TCI scheme for three large turbines at the former Pulham airfield at Upper Vaunces Farm were refused by an inspector on appeal last year.

Eric Kirby, of the Tivetshall Action Group (TAG), which was formed to oppose the onshore wind farm scheme, said planning permission for a wind testing mast on the site was set to expire on January 12 and he hoped enforcement action would be taken by South Norfolk Council to remove it. He also called on the renewable energy to withdraw its wind farm plans.

“There are more reasons to refuse Tivetshall than there were for Vaunces because of the footpath and bridleways and English Heritage objection. They [TCI Renewables] are spending a lot of money for nothing, but we do not think we are off the hook,” he said.

Geoff Moulton, of SHOWT (Stop Hempnall’s Onshore Wind Turbines), added that local campaigners were primed to fight new plans for Bussey’s Loke in Hempnall.

A spokesman for TCI Renewables said it would be submitting a planning application for the Hempnall site early in the New Year and was working with South Norfolk Council and statutory consultees to progress the Tivetshall application through the planning process.

“We are confident that the [Hempnall] project will have minimal significant environmental impacts while contributing to renewable energy targets and reducing our reliance on unsustainable fossil fuels. Once the application has been submitted to South Norfolk Council, local residents will be able to view and comment on the proposals,” the spokesman added.

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  • Ingo, read pages 33 and 34, also Para's 142 and 143.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  • .....and when the lights go out? Maybe we need to get on with it now! If it doesn't work can always be pulled down.

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    City Boy

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Ingo- it is quite simple why TCI are not offering to share the profits-this scheme is all about large profits for their company. I do not like to make generalisations but overwhelmingly Hempnall residents are not interested in any payment or bribes related to this scheme. We do not want the turbines next to our village and are not looking for any money making opportunities, kind as your thought is. Community based wind power schemes produce a derisory amount of electricity and often cause misery to residents, as at Palgrave near Diss where residents can't sleep due to the noise the turbine makes while making very little electricity.

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    MH

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • I guess Al Gore and his cohorts will have a lot to answer for in the years to come. From what little I have actually read about "Green Energy" it is not as green as it is made out to be. The amount of energy produced is dependent on the wind always blowing, which it does not or too much, and solar depends on the sun which does not always shine but is covering acres of land with panels. Here in Canada we have the same problem, energy companies want green but not that many people do, except those that live in cities where there are no solar or windfarms nearby, the NIMBY idea. So instewad they, the Governments and power companies, want to construct these farms where rural folk live and are having to go through the same processes as in the U K. except there are large areas of Northern Canada which have no local government and have to put the objections through on a individual case. I just hope that you all manage to get these things stopped, not because they are ugly but because they are inefficient and ugly.

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    canuk

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Ingo, it is most regrettable that you hold views that are so short sighted and superficial, and to air them publicly indicates that the Green Party is totally out of touch with reality. I would agree that too many residents of Hempnall have been hoodwinked into the idea that PV is green and ignore the fact that other, less well off consumers (including those in fuel poverty) are contributing to their electricity bills for what is a pitiful amount of intermittent, unreliable, massively expensive electricity. The sort of wealth transfer from the poor to the rich that you and your kind clearly support.

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    Trevor S

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Why is TCI not offering to share the tax profits it wants to make via this wind power scheme with Hempnall's residentsinvestors? offer to turn this into a community project rather than a profit making scheme for a private landownercompany. Why are Hempnall residents, who are all in favour of using their village hall to produce solar energy, not united and for a community based wind power scheme? After all they are paying for the profits!

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Ingo, before you start sharing out the TCI profit, read "DECC Feed-in Tariffs, Gov. Response to Summer 2009 Consultation". Pages 3334 and Page 38, para's 142143 are highly pertinent. We are all paying for this profit so what is to be gained for us from a Community scheme we ourselves are financing through our electricity bills and Ofgem. We will just be stealing from those who have no scheme from which to "benefit". Yes, it definitely is a take from the poor to enhance the rich.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  • As the uk government is too lazy to ensure that we are self suffient in our uk electricity supply needs... we rely on 25% of our power from europe.... no wonder our electricity is so costly to uk customers.... Wind farms will not provide uks growing yearly need of power supply.... maybe a rethink is needed and maybe a couple of dams need to be built in the uk to produce an extra hydro electricity power supply, maybe of self suffient requirements at a more regulated price that the majority can afford....RIPP OFF UK is proving to be a world slogan that is hard to get rid of ... because it is encouraged by our government to continue.... and cause hardship to so many.... no wonder few bother to vote in elections for more of the same anymore....

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    Lionel

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Ingo, you obviously are unaware of the Hempnall people AGAINST the roof solarPV scheme and those of us who know solarPV is yet another electricity bill subsidy financed by the poor for the rich who can get the loansgrants to pay for the schemes. Very few of a large number of electricity bill payers will benefit from these schemes even if they are camouflaged as "Community" schemes. I and my wife are OAPs and cannot afford to subsidise these political policies which have NOT been looked at thoroughly and analysed at the professional science and technology levels. These policies are, in effect, political scams being inflicted on the people of the UK (and Europe).

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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