Wait in store for decision over Bodham wind turbine after saga goes to High Court in London

A planned Bodham wind turbine has suffered a setback after a High Court ruling A planned Bodham wind turbine has suffered a setback after a High Court ruling

Thursday, January 23, 2014
10:21 AM

A north Norfolk community will have to wait for a decision on whether a single wind turbine will be built after the planning saga was taken to High Court yesterday.

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North Norfolk District Council put in the challenge against a government planning inspector who approved the application to build the 86.5m structure at Pond Farm, Bodham.

It asked Mr Justice Purchas, sitting in London, to quash the inspector’s decision.

The judge has reserved his decision in the case following a day of legal argument.

He will give a judgment in writing at a later date but no date has been fixed.

In August 2012 the council’s development committee unanimously refused the turbine application by David Mack, part owner of the family-run firm Genatec.

But the inspector overturned the decision at a planning appeal in April last year.

The council believed the turbine would spoil the rural setting of prized local buildings and monuments.

For the full story read tomorrow’s EDP.

14 comments

  • Wind is free but the turbines are not. I'm all for building them offshore but we should insist they are manufactured in the UK. If there has to be a subsidy it should go to help UK firms manufacture the components. The London Array on the sand shoals 12 miles off the coast of Essex can produce 630 megawatts’ worth of energy. This output is more than enough to meet the power demand of as many as 500,000 households. I'm all for that just like the wind farm off the North Norfolk coast. One or two isolated turbines are a waste of time but I must admit the Swaffham ones are a bonus to the landscape.

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    Michael Clintergate

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • So the Nimby's don't want wind or solar farms. They don't want coal fired or nuclear power stations so where do they plan to get their power from? Most are more than happy to drive their fossil fuelled cars to the local supermarkets that ship in all their groceries etc in fossil fuelled aircraft and ships. If they had been around 200 years ago we would have had no industrial revolution. Try living in a tent or a mud hut with a wood fire for a year and I'm sure a wind turbine will be the last thing on your mind.

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    Michael Clintergate

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • MC That ran right over my head then!!! It seems we now agree on all, except your last sentence. Wind is not free and we need to use the money, otherwise wasted on renewables to do, as you say, build more Nuclear, and soon. As to engineering apprenticeships, preaching to the converted there, I was one, as I suspect you were, and yes we need infinitely less of the arty f*rty stuff, which is, of course, of no known use to anyone!!

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    Windless

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • MC Nearly completely wrong on ALL accounts, well done! Coal and Nuclear are EXACTLY what is required if we want 247 electricity, wind and solar are useless on both counts. Perfectly happy to use fossil fuels, as, no doubt you are. If you want to take your own advice and live in a tent, then power it by a wind turbine with solar to help, I wish you luck. BTW, those who use the acronym "NIMBY" are usually ignorant of the facts, or simply, just ignorant!

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    Windless

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Every time a wind turbine (or a solar farm) is refused, it should automatically trigger permission for either a coal-fired power station or a nuclear waste dump on the same site. That would soon sort the nimbys out.

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    g hu

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • I was being sarcastic. This country sits on vast resources. We have enough coal for two hundred years that will see me out. We need to encourage more nuclear power and exploit the vast range of minerals underground. Most of all we need to invest in engineering apprentices instead of the arty media studies that most schools and universities now turn out. Wind is free and we need to use it in the UK.

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    Michael Clintergate

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • CR Sheringham Shoal, 88 x 3.6Mw Bodham, 1 x 800Kw Sheringham shoal windspeed 2 x Bodham windspeed, therefore 4 x output. Infrastructure no problem, buried cables to Salle Bodham, MAY, on a good day, perhaps simultaneously re-charge all of the village mobile phones. In terms of practical use to UKPLC the expression f4rt in a thunderstorm comes to mind. It is a subsidy sucker, and nothing else, money from the poor to the already rich, as I have, perhaps, mentioned before! Now, please, define "common sense"!!!

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    Windless

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Every time a wind turbine (or a solar farm) is refused, it should automatically trigger permission for either a coal-fired power station or a nuclear waste dump on the same site. That would soon sort the nimbys out.

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    g hu

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • I am glad to see that the sensible comments out weigh the 'cloud cuckoo land wind is free this is a good thing for the planet and we are all saved hallelujah pass the chardonnay' brigade. As they nestle into their 2cv's.

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    backwoodsman

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • "Let's build them off shore". Where there is no infrastructure and they are far less cost effective...... I sincerely hope this turbine is approved, common sense and all

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    Callum Ringer

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Nice to see the council working on our behalf. Good luck North Norfolk District Council in your battle against this abomination.

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    The man on the Clapham Omnibus

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Just how much more of our Council Tax will be wasted on this HUGELY unwanted Greeniot idiocy??? I, for one, am getting really angry re this now. No-one wants this thing, except the subsidy suckers, of course, yet we all get to pay for the legal work. This must end, 3 years now, and all for a useless wind turbine which will only ever benefit its owners, at the expense of ALL utility bill payers.

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    Windless

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • I'm sure the right decision will be made in the end as always..!

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    YesToWind&Solar

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • CR, Are you a shareholder in Genatec?

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    Hugh

    Friday, January 24, 2014

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