A planning application has been lodged for two 24.8m wind turbines on north Norfolk farmland.

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Applicant John McLeod wants to site the 11kw Gaia turbines east of East Ruston, near Stalham, on land at his Old Manor Farm, on Long Common Road.

In a letter to villagers, Mr McLeod says the turbines would power the farm and farmhouse and would be far enough away from other properties to avoid disturbance.

The application, to North Norfolk District Council, had prompted 22 responses by June 6, all in favour of the scheme, with 20 of the 22 supporters living in East Ruston.

But villager William Ward said he knew of at least 15 other residents, including himself and partner Karen Turner, who would be objecting strongly to the plan.

“These particular turbines have an eye-jarring look - there are no aesthetically-pleasing lines about them. They are horrendously ugly - as if a bloke in a boiler suit had put them together in his garage,” said Mr Ward, who estimated that his Back Road cottage, which currently overlooks fields and distant Happisburgh Church, would be about 400m from the nearest turbine. The two-bladed structures would be mounted on tapering, cross-latticed supports.

He also disputes Mr McLeod’s claim that the turbines would not create a noise nuisance for neighbouring homes: “That’s ridiculous. You can hear the sea four miles away - you can hear a pin drop round here,” Mr Ward added.

He also fears that, if the application is approved, it would open the floodgates and other turbine applications for the area would follow.

“You are starting a precedent,” said Mr Ward. “It he gets permission for these two, there is no reason why he couldn’t fill up his land with them.”

Mr Ward said he was not against renewable energy schemes but believed onshore wind turbines would not generate enough electricity to be truly sustainable. They were “vastly subsidised” and their manufacture and erection involved substantial energy use.

“They are an opportunity for people to make money out of everybody else,” he said. “I am already paying for renewable energy through my electricity bill. Unfortunately it’s people like myself and my neighbours who have to bear the consequences of these applications.”

● Toby Mermagen, of Manor Farm, Alby, has submitted a single turbine application for an Alby Farming Company site between Aldborough and Erpingham.

The pale-white wind turbine, a 50kW Endurance E-3120 model, would measure 34.2m to blade tip. The proposed site is on land south of Town Green.

20 comments

  • Weavers way. And the best place to put them is where it is windy!! Offshore, the only place for these things. No noise concerns, plenty wind (at least compared with a field in rural Norfolk) and best of all......no otherwise happy communities being divided by (usually) wrong opinions. AND they won't be in your, mine or Mr T's back yard either!

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    Windless

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Whenever there is an application to develop an alternative energy source, be it wind or solar, there will be "fors and against" people will quote facts, well, some facts and some fiction, and if we never tried anything we would never develop anything, at some point we have all said "let's give it a go and see if it works" but people seem reluctant to accept progress, or at least the development of attempts at progress. As stated by Weaversway "the majority do not want them too near their homes", so what he is saying wraps it all up very nicely, We would like to see better energy sources developed but "Not In My Back Yard". Now that rings a bell.........

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    Mr T

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • This article paragraph 3 states - "The application, to North Norfolk District Council, had prompted 22 responses by June 6, all in favour of the scheme, with 20 of the 22 supporters living in East Ruston." How convenient that practically all the local supporters for this commercial project are the wealthy land owner applicant's local family, influential village-set friends, colleagues and tenants. The Parish Council has already objected and many concerned local people from around the village will be submitting some very valid objections.

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    Arthur B

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • Best way to save money and energy is to turn things off when they are not being used including energy saving lamps etc. That's the biggest problem.

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    Mr. B

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • BV, acording to the government, the cost of electricity to the consimer will rise by over 30% as a result of the renewable energy programme. Most informed people believe that this is a significant underestimate but we will be stuck with it anyway. It will place millions of people into fuel poverty. Higher energy costs in UK will also cost jobs as industry becomes un competitive, a concern that is already being expressed by industry. All as a result of the myth of CO2 causing global warming, something that is not happening.

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    andy

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • It seems to me there is a lot of misunderstanding (and possible jealousy) here. I wonder if William Ward and Karen Turner have stood underneath one of these turbines themselves? The UK planning laws are extremely stringent, especially so when it comes to wind turbines and especially to the noise they make. The acceptable noise level at a neighbouring property is 35 dba which is quieter than a library! I suggest that no matter what turbine it was William and Karen would complain (unless they would like to suggest one that looks ok to them!). Re. Mr. McLeod filling up his whole land with them - have they any idea how impossible that would be, even if he had the money to do so, with planning laws as they are in the UK? Finally if Mr. Ward can hear the sea from 4 miles away I suggest therein lye's the problem. He has the best hearing in the world and I suggest he refrains from activities that create any noise. I suggest that if Mr. McLeod is going for 2 x 11kW turbines he has already considered his neighbours by not going for a single larger turbine which would be more economical for him. NB. I have no affiliation or association whatever with this wind turbine project or with Mr. McLeod.

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    Balanced_Views

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Arthur B and Sayitasitis, just to make a point and prove your "statistics" wrong, I live very close to this proposed development, have no connection with the developer, do not even know those concerned and wouldn't even recognise them, however I fully support this proposal and would happily have one in my garden. Why are people so against these developments? We all admit they are not a full solution, but surely, every little helps, why not support it and see how it goes as opposed to just shunning it, if it is a flop what has it cost you? Nothing. And please don't keep harping on about subsidies etc.

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    Mr T

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • There is quite a bit of support for these turbines from the village and this should be taken into consideration. NIMBYs always seem to make a lot more noise than these units will ever make. They just need something to complain about.

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    Mr T

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Mr. T, with all due respect, you are doing what others do, saying a reasonable demand not to have huge turbines near homes is somehow the next best thing to being a Luddite. I reiterate. After proper eonomic considerations, windfarms andor power stations may have a place. They should be sited in areas away from homes and BRING the energy to the people, not the other way around. What is reactionary about that?.

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    weaversway

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Yes, Ian, I agree. It's what I've politely being trying to say.

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    weaversway

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Arthur B That caught my eye too, I thought "how nice it must be to have your family, and friends, all 22 of them, living so close, indeed nearly all in East Ruston" and all voting for your wee turbines! A little different to real statistics then, the unwanted and unpopular N Walsham planning application, just now stands at 918 against, 86.9% of the responses to their application at NNDC, a slightly different ratio, I think you will agree!

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    windup

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • David Ranbotham. Are you really suggesting that rising energy prices are due to renewable energy insentives? If so, I rest my case. Also - have you any idea of the evidence regarding the damage fossil fuels have done to the environment in one way or another or have you buried your head in the sand?

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    Balanced_Views

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • The dash for cash and politics, not saving the planet, are the driving forces behind wind energy. Are you disillusioned by rising electricity prices, over dependence on the “green” dream [especially uneconomical and inefficient wind farms] and the destruction of our countryside then please object to the Government by GOOGLING “E-PETITION 22958″ and following the link.

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    David Ramsbotham

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Where ever there are new or proposed developments there will be objections, and sometimes very sound ones. Remember all the fuss over Bacton terminal, Sizewell, just to mention those close to us. I fully agree with your comments about building wind farms offshore, Sheringham Shoals is an ideal example, a large commercial industry. The proposals for East Ruston are to power a farm, not the whole village for goodnes sake, they would be out of the way and no problem to anyone. There would potentially be two, modern day windmills in the middle of a huge field. I would willingly have one in my garden but I doubt if my neighbours would approve, even though it wouldn't be in their back yard!

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    Mr T

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • Lets see if he still wants to build them after the subsidies are removed. Why should i pay for him to have cheap power?

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    DaveG

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Mr T We will most definitely continue to "harp on" about subsidies. Why should I pay your neighbour to generate electricity and be paid for it by MY utility bill at a far higher rate than I pay for my conventionally generated electricity. If your neighbour decided to erect whatever turbines he wanted at HIS expense and then, simply used his own home-made electrical power to power his home etc, then no-one would either care or complain. As to your strange views on statistics, 89.6% against compared with, it seems 100% for is iffy....at best! I expect your response will manage to fit in the NIMBY word!

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    Windless

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • David Ranbotham. Are you really suggesting that rising energy prices are due to renewable energy insentives? If so, I rest my case. Also - have you any idea of the evidence regarding the damage fossil fuels have done to the environment in one way or another or have you buried your head in the sand?

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    Balanced_Views

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Presumably relying on the National Grid when it's not windy and financing them with the subsidies that the rest of us pay on our utility bills. How so very green!

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    windup

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • There would be much more light than heat, or energy than cost, if we weren't left with the bad taste that turbines have become a cash cow for landowners

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    weaversway

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • "why not support it and see how it goes" says Mr. T. Not sure a suck it and see, policy is very scientific or something we should go on paying huge subsidies to landowner for, hoping it will all work out. As said before turbines may have a place, but the majority do not want them too near their homes. Simply suggestion, I would contend

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    weaversway

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

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