May 26 2013 Latest news:
By Rebecca Gough
Thursday, March 14, 2013
This blimp could be seen for miles around a south Norfolk village yesterday when an opposition group demonstrated the height of proposed new wind turbines.
Showt (Stop Hempnall’s Onshore Wind Turbines) spokesman Hilary Battye said the 126-metre high blimp, flown off Bussey’s Loke in Hempnall, coincided with a site visit by a heritage expert commissioned by the group.
“We fly it for information purposes and notify all those who might be interested, like South Norfolk Council and English Heritage, as well as our own experts, so everyone gets a feel for the height of the turbines and the impact on the landscape,” she said. “The proximity to the village also becomes very apparent.
“It does get quite a reaction. People don’t know what to expect but even now people say ‘my goodness’, and that’s people who know the size.”
Plans have been submitted by TCI Renewables to site four 126-metre-high turbines on land at the edge of the village.
A previous application on the site was turned down in 2009 by the Planning Inspectorate, which raised concerns of a potential impact on bats, the landscape, visual impact and noise.
Since taking over the project from the original developer, Enertrag UK, applicant TCI Renewables, which believes the site could provide enough renewable energy for 5,200 homes, said it has taken into account comments made and adjusted the plans in an bid to reduce the impact of the turbines.
This has proved contentious with considerable opposition mounting in response to the plans, although a support group, Power for the Future, has also been established.
A parish poll will also be held on Monday by Hempnall Parish Council. This will be at the Mill Centre between 4pm and 9pm and people will be asked to vote yes or no to the question: Do you support the planning application for the erection of four wind turbines in Hempnall?
The council has also hired two specialist consultants to help it establish a “balanced and informed” view before considering the application.
This will be used to prepare a report to be submitted to South Norfolk Council’s planning committee while the information obtained by Showt will be used to help formulate a response to the plans.
Terrorism returned to the streets of London today as two suspected Muslim fanatics butchered a man in broad daylight in the name of “Allah”.
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