A south Norfolk MP has welcomed a decision that communities secretary Eric Pickles should have the final say on plans to build three wind turbines near a village.

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Richard Bacon was pleased to receive a letter from planning minister Kris Hopkins confirming that the final decision on TCI Renewables’ plans for the three turbines at Upper Vaunces Farm, near Rushall, would be taken by Mr Pickles and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The energy firm is appealing to the Planning Inspectorate on the grounds South Norfolk Council had taken too long to make a decision on its application.

The proposals have attracted local opposition from campaign groups, including the Tivetshall Action Group and 4Villages action group which claimed the 126m high structures would have an impact on local residents and affect the landscape and listed buildings.

Mr Bacon said: “I am very pleased that Mr Hopkins has recovered this appeal so that Eric Pickles can take the final decision.

“It is bad for democracy if planning decisions taken locally are overridden by national policies at appeal.

“The whole purpose of localism is to give local communities greater control over local decisions like housing and planning. Eric Pickles can look at these issues in the round and come to a balanced conclusion that gives proper weight to local views”.

The Oxfordshire-based renewable energy firm states the turbines could generate between 6MW and 9MW of power during a 25 year working life.

The developer has also claimed the energy produced would be enough to power 3,300 homes and prevent 7,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide escaping into the atmosphere.

The plans, which were thrown out by the council in 2010 and then re-submitted with the turbines closer together, attracted almost 40 letters of support, but also received more than 400 letters of objection, as well as opposition from Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market, the Norfolk Gliding Club at Tibenham, two churches and six nearby parish councils.

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5 comments

  • Localism: all the local people say what they think, then Eric Pickles (in London) decides what they said.... Good old Orwell!

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    bobirving

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • I would have thought an old airfield such as Pulham an ideal location. Eye, Weston Longville and North Pickenham got lumbered, are they not equally picturesque? Less of an eyesore than the former 'Pulham Pigs'...now showing at Cardington.

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    Captain awkward

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Richard Bacon is jumping on the UKIP bandwaggon, whilst large landowners and foreign investors reap the returns from the non fossile fuel obligation. large offshore windfarms under sole ownership are benefitting from taxpayers, whether its solar farms or windpower, whilst communities are divided and whipped up into objecting against landbased windfarms, rather than being encouraged to benefit from these as a community project.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • It's about time these windmills were pulled up. Government funding should stop as energy companies are milking the system. They are an awful blot on the landscape

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    Sweet cheeks

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Seems a nice spot for a few white windmills. Unless you are a Nimby.

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    Webbed Feet

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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