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.

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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.

17 comments

  • Hi double bill. One has to admire Mr Perry-Warnes for his determination in returning to duty after suffering a stroke. I think you may be correct to question, however, weather it is in the best interests of both the communities he serves, and his own well being, to remain in post.

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    Callum Ringer

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • in Japan, (remember the ongoing mess at Fukushima?) TEPCO has announced that they will begin using robots to clean the interiors of reactor buildings 1 to 3 beginning in late July. The robots will use high pressure water and “other means” to clean in an attempt to lower contamination levels to decrease worker exposures.

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    siouxie twig

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • @ Windless you are little far from the truth about these turbines NOW for the truth: A wind turbine in north Devon has collapsed in extreme gale force winds It is understood to be the first such reported incident in the UK. IN SCOTLAND: A wind turbine went up in flames as gust of up to 160mph battered parts of Scotland. The turbine in a North Ayrshire wind farm caught fire on Thursday afternoon. BUT MOST WORRYING: Chernobyl power station 1986 killed 31 people, cost to economy 18 Billion, half a million peolpe where involed trying to make it safe, today the city of Pripyat is still a no go zone and will be for many many years. Mmmm which is the worst.....Give me Windfarms anyday...!

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    D.Simpson

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • A little confused with this one now. A couple of weeks ago it was reported that: The application split the opinion in Bodham and neighbouring communities on these turbines So how is it now that “The majority of people are against a large turbine and a vote was unanimous . A large turbine would conflict particularly in connection with our Medieval buildings. I think this is where the conflict is in the reporting because earlier it was said: At the August meeting, supporters said it would “make a significant contribution to the local rural economy”, while highlighting the need to generate renewable energy. If NOTT are not based in the area what does this have to do with them, should they NOTT keep their nose out. GOOD NEWS LAST WEEK: CHIPLOW WINDFARM: Judge backs wind turbine plans. A High Court judge decided there was insufficient evidence to overturn planning consent for the Chiplow and Jack’s Lane developments at Bagthorpe and Stanhoe respectively. Construction will start late 2013 and will take 9-12 months. YES>>>RESULT

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    MickB1

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Far and away the best wind "power" news this week was the one falling over in a gentle breeze in Devon! And, less well reported, the one catching fire in Scotland. All in all, a good week!

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    Windless

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Good luck with the application.

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    Thoreauwasright

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • with the greatest respect john perry warnes can barely speak after his strokes is he right to carry on serving on both councils ?

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    Double Bill

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • windless, did anyone get hurt or mutated from a windmill not standing up? tell us what is wrong with wind power, and i will match you point for point about the perils of nuclear power...

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    siouxie twig

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • http:www.telegraph.co.ukearthenergywindpower9844140Foreign-firms-100bn-wind-farm-subsidies.html Still as keen, County still being held back? I think not.

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    Windless

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • windless, did anyone get hurt or mutated from a windmill not standing up? tell us what is wrong with wind power, and i will match you point for point about the perils of nuclear power...

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    siouxie twig

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Wind;ass I think you need to read it again...they were both in gale force winds.

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    MickB1

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • http:www.telegraph.co.ukearthenergywindpower9844140Foreign-firms-100bn-wind-farm-subsidies.html

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    Windless

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Didn't see the objectors out in force for the site visits today. Supporters were still there. What a misleading headline.

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    Callum Ringer

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Several points to make in relation to this article, is that both objectors and supporters turned out to this appeal. The NOTTT group is also not Bodham based, with almost all members of that group coming from outside the parish. Supporters spoke in favour of the application, however your reporter did not stay long enough to hear them.

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    Callum Ringer

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Several points to make in relation to this article, is that both objectors and supporters turned out to this appeal. The NOTTT group is also not Bodham based, with almost all members of that group coming from outside the parish. Supporters spoke in favour of the application, however your reporter did not stay long enough to hear them.

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    Callum Ringer

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Statements such as 'we must keep wind turbines out of North Norfolk' drive me to despair. It is exactly this type of attitude that is holding this County back.

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    blue tractor

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • why do people hate windmills so much? they dont pollute anything, they give off NO toxicity, they dont leave radiation behind for future generations either...

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    siouxie twig

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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