North-west Norfolk campaigners take anti-wind farm fight to the High Court

CAPTION; Photos of Protestors at Syderstone Village Hall against the building of a wind farm in the area. Pic show Prostestor Reg Thompson dress as a pink footed goose outside of the Turbine Exhibition at the Village Hall.
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TEL; (01603) 772434 CAPTION; Photos of Protestors at Syderstone Village Hall against the building of a wind farm in the area. Pic show Prostestor Reg Thompson dress as a pink footed goose outside of the Turbine Exhibition at the Village Hall. PHOTO; Matthew Usher COPY; Ian Clarke FOR; EDP NEWS COPYRIGHT; EDP pics © 2010 TEL; (01603) 772434

Thursday, December 20, 2012
11:34 AM

Villagers who fear two new wind farms will spoil views from an Iron Age in north-west Norfolk fort have gone to the High Court to challenge a planning inspector’s decision to give them planning permission.

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Two campaign groups are fighting six 125m-high turbines in Stanhoe, known as the Jack’s Lane wind farm, and five 100m-high turbines in Bagthorpe, known as the Chiplow wind farm, which would be visible from Bloodgate Hill Fort.

Wind farm operators E.On Climate Change Renewables and RES UK and Ireland Ltd were refused planning permission by West Norfolk Council in 2011.

However, earlier this year a planning inspector granted permission for the two wind farms, despite opposition from residents and conservation bodies including English Heritage.

Now the two action groups - Against Turbines At Chiplow (ATAC) and Creakes Action for Protecting the Environment (CAPE) – are seeking a ruling forcing the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to have the two applications reconsidered.

CAPE chairman Jonathan Powell said: “We think this wind farm is being built in the wrong place. The borough council wholly agrees with that and refused planning permission unanimously. The people of north-west Norfolk don’t want them. We believe the planning inspector’s judgement is flawed in law.

“We went into this believing we had a 50:50 chance and having listened to this I believe we still have a 50:50 chance.”

See tomorrow’s EDP for more on this story.

6 comments

  • I totally agree with MickB1, forgive me but how can the whole of North West Norfolk not want the Windfarms, there are hundreds of thousands of people in this area and as far as I understand on the said locations only a few hundred voted against them, this being a minority. So my question to the Chairman of the parish council and member of ATAC, where is the money coming from to take it to high court? It truly sounds like a biased view on his part and looking at the Syderstone Village website he has used this for his gain and not for the good of the village, cheap underhanded tactics, I thought councillors must look at parish issues fairly and be un-biased. Clearly not the case here. Is this guy the right person to be Chairman of the council, I don’t think so....!!!!!

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    D.Simpson

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • A few points...! The people of north-west Norfolk don’t want them. Correction a Minority of people. Also where they will be situated they will not be visible in Syderstone. Also who will be paying the bill to take it to the high court? In the picture is Reg Thompson (Chairman of the parish council) is trying to use his position as Chairman only to his advantage, for the past six years he has put all his efforts in ATAC rather than his parishioners. Leave it Reg...admit you have lost.

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    MickB1

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Just one more thing I have just noticed. On the subject of being biased, it just so happens that the webmaster and creator of syderstone.com the village website is the same Reg Thompson (Chairman of the Council and active member of ATAC) draw your own conclusions on that one..!

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    D.Simpson

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • I wish them every success. If they win, and they should, another 11 of these absurd money turbines WON'T be in Norfolk. Oh, and BTW, Mr T, the solar farm application for Belaugh has been withdrawn, you'll be happier now I expect!

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    Windless

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • How about a few hundred acres of solar panels instead?? they seem to be flavour of the month at the moment.

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    Mr T

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Good luck at the high court. When will people realise that onshore wind power does not work and give up ripping off the consumers to pay for it.

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    DaveG

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

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