Controversial Fleggburgh turbines plan passed

19:56 18 October 2012

Michael Castle used his casting vote to pass the turbines.Picture: James Bass

Michael Castle used his casting vote to pass the turbines.Picture: James Bass

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A CONTROVERSIAL scheme to erect two 20m wind turbines on farm land in Fleggburgh has been passed to the dismay of residents.

Plans for the 20kw turbines at a poultry farm in Mill Lane were approved by a slim margin after the chairman of Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s planning committee used his casting vote to push the scheme through, when members’ vote ended in deadlock.

The decision disappointed concerned residents at Tuesday’s meeting who spoke out against the turbines proposal, which had attracted more than 60 letters of objection - including one from Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis who said he could not support such an “unsuitable development”.

The plans were the third attempt to get the turbines approved and identical to an earlier proposal which was thrown out in October last year - but Norwich Airport and the MoD had both dropped their earlier objections to the scheme.

Martin Price, who spoke on behalf of applicant Rob Rafferty, said his client - one of the UK’s largest chicken producers - had to lower his carbon footprint through new specifications laid down by his customers, many of whom were large supermarkets, and last year’s refusal had “forced” the farm to close.

Mr Price added: “He wants to reopen to trial new feed and different methods of working but that can only happen if the carbon footprint can be reduced.”

He also ruled out the use of solar panels - as suggested by residents and opposing councillors - due to the “limited space” available.

Maureen Mitchell, who lives near the farm, spoke out against the plans.

She said: “The judge in the Hemsby wind turbine appeal said lower carbon emissions do not take presidency over concerns of local people - local people are very concerned.

“(This is) a multi national company who are just concerned, with respect, for profit.

“This is at the expense of our local Norfolk environment and feelings and well being of the villagers.”

Her objections were supported by Charles Reynolds who thought the turbines would be a “blasted blight” on the landscape and told the committee he would be voting against the proposal in protest.

“Sometimes we have got to stand up for the local people a little bit,” he added.

But chairman Michael Castle said it would not be “sensible” to take an “emotional approach” to the plans for the “small” turbines that had not raised objections from any agencies, such as the MoD or Natural England.

The committee’s vote was split after it was moved to approve the proposal and Mr Castle used his casting vote to give it the final go ahead.


  • People create, complain and moan like mad about a small wind turbine, as stated 20 mtr is not that tall and some gardens have trees taller than that. What annoys, and amazes me is that very close to me someone has erected a flaming great flag pole and has a flag flapping in the breeze creating a noise and disturbance and it needs NO planning permission, it serves no purpose, produces nothing, other than noise, and the council will do nothing about it. Apply the same legislation to these as they do wind turbines and rid the country side of these eye sores.

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    Mr T

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Twenty Feet high! And these were going to interfer with low flying aircraft! My house is higher than these.

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    suffin else

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • I think you will find 20m is about right for a 20kW turbine, so the EDP seem to have there facts straight. Common sence seems to have prevailed, my neighbours conifers are about that height so hardly going to blight the landscape. As for the arguement about a multi-national company only in it for the profit thats rubbish. These two 20kW turbines on a windy day will produce no more than 960kWh so hardly going to make them rich.

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    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • Castle looks so smug in this picture.Slime.

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    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • 20ft must be a misprint - even 20m isn't that high for a wind turbine nowadays. C'mon EDP, get your facts straight!!!

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    Lord Horn

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • Twenty metres is just the height of mast. Add the blades and it will be closer to thirty metres. Noise generated from these is just as much an issue as being an eyesore. I feel sorry for neighbours who have to put up with these erected up next to them.

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    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • Windy There is no possibility of these things ever generating 960Kw in 24 hours unless the wind speed is about 30Mph continously. As the average wind in most of Norfolk is about 6.3metres per second, circa 14Mph and the output of the turbine is related to the square of the speed so probably more like one quarter of that, say 240Kw, for both, 120Kw each. It is therfore questionable why they bothered in the first place, except, of course that at even this lowly output, they are still profitable thanks to the absurd subsidies these things generate, in cash, even if they fail to generate any amout of useable electricity!

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