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Mid-Norfolk villagers voice opposition to plan for 77m-high wind turbine

PUBLISHED: 17:57 10 January 2013 | UPDATED: 17:57 10 January 2013

File photo dated 05/07/11 of the wind farm at Deeping St Nicholas, near Spalding, Lincolnshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday June 4, 2012. A Conservative-led council is preparing a fightback against new wind farm developments. Amid a growing backlash against onshore wind turbines among countryside campaigners, Lincolnshire County Council is to vote this week on new guidance introducing a presumption against allowing any more to be built. See PA story POLITICS Wind. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

File photo dated 05/07/11 of the wind farm at Deeping St Nicholas, near Spalding, Lincolnshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday June 4, 2012. A Conservative-led council is preparing a fightback against new wind farm developments. Amid a growing backlash against onshore wind turbines among countryside campaigners, Lincolnshire County Council is to vote this week on new guidance introducing a presumption against allowing any more to be built. See PA story POLITICS Wind. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Villagers who attended a public meeting about plans for a new wind turbine have voted overwhelmingly to oppose the planning application.

The proposals for the site at Cherry Tree Farm, off Blind Lane in Lyng, near Dereham, would see a single turbine constructed, with a maximum height of 77m.

Lyng parish clerk Peter Dilloway said 57 people went to the parish council meeting on Wednesday night for the 90-minute discussion about the proposals.

He said they raised a number of objections, including concerns about the location, impact on health and their effectiveness, although a minority voiced support.

In a straw poll at the end of discussion, the attendees voted by 55 votes to two to oppose the application, and the parish councillors voted by four votes to two to formally object.

In a letter of objection published on the Breckland Council website, the Ministry of Defence wrote: “The turbine will be 30.81 km from, detectable by, and will cause unacceptable interference to the AD radar at RAF Trimmingham.”

Norwich International Airport has also objected to the plans, writing: “We find that it conflicts with national and international safeguarding requirements and that it presents a hazard to the safe operation of aircraft in the vicinity of Norwich International Airport.”

Mr Dilloway said he had been told the planning application would not come to Breckland Council’s planning committee for a decision until March at the earliest.

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