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Objectors turn out for Bodham wind turbine appeal

PUBLISHED: 17:39 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 18:26 29 January 2013

An artist's impression of what the proposed Bodham turbine would look like from Osier Lane, Bodham.

An artist's impression of what the proposed Bodham turbine would look like from Osier Lane, Bodham.

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The two-day discussion about a controversial application for a 86.5m turbine on the edge of Bodham started at the North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) offices at Holt Road, Cromer.

It was led by planning inspector Alan Novitzky and was brought about by the applicant David Mack, part of the family-run firm Genetec.

The appeal was between NNDC and the campaign group No To That Turbine (NOTT) and Mr Mack.

Members of the NNDC Development Committee unanimously rejected the proposal in August.

John Perry-Warnes, district councillor, said: “The majority of people are against a large turbine. A large turbine would conflict particularly in connection with our Medieval buildings.

“There is no doubt it would have an impact on a large area. We must keep north Norfolk free from turbines.”

He added alternative renewable energy sources should be considered including solar panels.

Objectors from NOTT argued the proposed plans to plant trees and hedgerow around the turbine would not be effective.

Jonathan Billingsley, who spoke for the appellant about landscape issues, said the turbine would be of a similar scale to a nearby aerial mast.

A site visit is due to take place tomorrow.

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