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Saturday, August 16, 2014
A long-running bid to build a wind turbine in north Norfolk has taken a step forward with a parish council voting unanimously in its favour.
Bodham Parish Council was consulted on the latest application from the turbine’s developers, for a slightly smaller development.
The original application for a larger turbine in Bodham was turned down by North Norfolk District Council, and is caught up in an appeals process.
But green-energy developers Genetic, run by David Mack and his father John, had submitted the newer application in the hope the district council would look more favourably on a smaller turbine.
“We are very pleased the parish council voted in favour,” said Mr Mack. “It means the local community are in favour of the project.”
Under Mr Mack’s proposal, Bodham Parish Council would receive £3,000 per year for 25 years to improve the parish.
Mr Mack said £1,000 each year would be paid to the village church for a maintenance fund and £5,000 would be paid towards work in the area in line with the district council’s landscape assessment.
Parish council chairman Harry Bruford said he hoped the council’s vote would help, as the turbine would benefit the parish.
He said: “Apart from generating electricity the money would save our precepts going up considerably.
“We sat on the fence with the last one because opinion in the town was divided, but this time, no one came forward to speak for or against the turbine.”
But the district council’s cabinet member for planning, Benjie Cabbell Manners, said his view remained unchanged - that turbines should be built offshore and not onshore.
“I can’t speak for the planning committee,” he said. “However I personally feel it is in entirely the wrong place in north Norfolk. It would have to be an awful lot smaller and it is not.
“We have turbines out at sea, we don’t need them on the land as well.”
The larger turbine, which would power 600 homes, had been refused by North Norfolk district councillors in 2012, but then granted by a planning inspector.
However, in February this year the council took the case to the High Court which said the inspector’s decision was legally flawed.
While it was in the midst of an appeal process, the developers lodged the application for the smaller development.
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