“It means the local community are in favour of the project” - Bodham Parish Council gives its approval to a wind turbine in north Norfolk

An artist impression of what the proposed Bodham turbine will look like from Osier Lane, Bodham An artist impression of what the proposed Bodham turbine will look like from Osier Lane, Bodham

Saturday, August 16, 2014
12:00 AM

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.

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This wind turbine in Licolnshire is the same as the one being proposed in BodhamThis wind turbine in Licolnshire is the same as the one being proposed in Bodham

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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12 comments

  • Michelle, Mr. Mack declared an interest in the item and left the meeting while the turbine was discussed. As previously stated, only one parish councillor actually changed their vote from being against, to for, from the last application when the parish council wouldn't have received a penny. Those saying that the council have been bought over are wide of the mark. Could be that Bodham just has a set of decent progressive councillors! ;)

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    Callum Ringer

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • That's an amazing coincidence, Mr Mack, the vice-Chair of Bodham Parish Council, unanimously approves his own planning application.........at least now we now how much it costs to buy a Parish Council.....

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    Michelle

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • I am a keen supporter of green energy initiatives but these inefficient land based wind turbines in rural areas are the best propaganda for those that object to green energy. There is a place for these turbines but they should be in areas that are already industrialised where they do not look out of place and are away from residential development. Google the well documented health issues (headaches, sleep problems, dizziness, nausea etc) to see why. Unfortunately Genatec are prepared to sacrifice our local environment, enjoyment of the landscape and economy for their own personal greed. If we are going to persuade people that green energy is the future then selfish projects like these must be stopped. If you can, please look at the NNDC planning portal & register your objection. Case ref PF\14\0925.

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    Mach1

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Oh dear - this process has already run its full course and so now we dip into the everlasting trying again.This time it is only a change of scale - it is still going to be a huge blot on our wonderful countryside which you would think the applicants would have in their hearts after generations. But heyho there you go ££££.....Parish Council - think 'Vicar of Dibley'

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    sensibletrousers

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • So what would you suggest? Unlike onshore installations, offshore wind turbines cannot be serviced and maintained at any time of the day or night. Waves, wind and weather confront the service technicians with completely new challenges. Good planning and excellent equipment in the form of ships and helicopters are required to ensure optimum electricity production – over a lifetime of 20 years. Therefore they are much more costly to maintain.

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    nixie832

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • The Parish Council says "yes". The Parishioners say "no". Is this democracy?

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    Barbara

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • This is a very misleading article. It seems to imply that the application has been approved when nothing of the sort has occurred. The District Council is the planning authority and they have a legal obligation to gather the views of interestedor affected parties. As such the Parish Council has expressed its view - but that is all. It has no power. I think this is article is either deliberately misleading or written out of ignorance. Either way it is very poor journalism on the part of Ms Meddings and her editors.

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    arfur

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Daisy Roots - just to clear up a point only one councillor changed their vote from no to yes from last time and that was the chairman.

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    Callum Ringer

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Land based wind farms are highly inefficent and are just a way of passing money to landowners, Being green is okay. Being economically illiterate is not

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    weaversway

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • It's about time that people realized that using earth's natural resources is the way forward. As a mum of three I believe we should be teaching our children that this way of generating energy is good and clean. I'd much rather see a field of wind turbines than a nuclear power station . yes we have them out at sea but to generate the power needed in time they will have to come in land too. Oil and coal prices are going up and running out, this is the future so get over it and embrace it.

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    nixie832

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Stop the Bodham turbine now! it will damage the north Norfolk economy.

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    Hugh

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • It is probable that this case is different and is actually supported by the local community, but when parish councillors approves such projects because of the "bribe" they get from the developers, it is anti democracy and stinks to be frank. A case now brewing in the Fens sees householders facing the prospect of the value of their homes plummeting, their sweeping miles of views interrupted and four large turbines on their doorsteps. However some residents of their parish who will not be directly affected are happy to see their neighbours adversely affected for the sake of a few thousand pounds a year for a limited period and noises from some about what they can do with the money. In my book any such payment should be used to directly compensate those who are affected or to install, compulsorily, solar panels on the roofs of those parish councillors and residents prepared to sell out their neighbours for the pieces of silver.

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    Daisy Roots

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

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