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Public inquiry into Hempnall turbines is set to begin

16:09 30 March 2014

Local people visit an exhibition outlining plans for a onshore wind turbine farm near Hempnall

Local people visit an exhibition outlining plans for a onshore wind turbine farm near Hempnall

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2011

Residents are expected to show their opposition to a plan to build three 126m-high wind turbines on the edge of a Norfolk village when a public inquiry into the controversial scheme is opened today.

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South Norfolk Council refused planning permission for three 126m-high turbines on the edge of Hempnall, despite a recommendation from officers.

But because the authority did not make a decision on the application within eight weeks, developer TCI Renewables lodged an appeal – meaning a formal planning inquiry is due to be started at SNC’s offices in Long Stratton, at 10am.

However the final decision rests with communities secretary Eric Pickles after the decision was “called-in” for him to judge,

Hilary Battey, from the Stop Hempnall’s Onshore Wind Turbines (SHOWT) campaign group, said it was well-prepared for the hearing.

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  • Too little too late. This decision has been made. The 'Inquiry' is a mere show to give the impression of fair play. Pure theatre as you will see when the decision to go ahead is given one way or another. All the main objections that villagers hopes hang are already on track to be dismissed. Wait and see.

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    Dickens

    Monday, March 31, 2014

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