Oulton wind turbine plan is withdrawn

A comparison of the proposed Oulton turbine against Big Ben.

A comparison of the proposed Oulton turbine against Big Ben. - Credit: Archant

A controversial wind turbine application has been withdrawn after concerns were raised by Norwich International Airport and the Ministry of Defence.

The plan for the 77m-high structure on the disused second world war airfield in Oulton, near Aylsham, was submitted to Broadland District Council by Bernard Matthews Wind Energy Co-operative in February.

It was withdrawn on Monday because of 'outstanding information' on how the developers, not-for-profit organisation Energy4All, would have overcome concerns.

The plan attracted vehement opposition from Oulton residents and surrounding villages because of its potential impact on the landscape.

Concerns were also raised by the National Trust and English Heritage because of its visual impact on Blickling Hall and the surrounding conservation area.

A spokesman for Energy4All said: 'Energy4All is disappointed to confirm that the planning application for the single community wind turbine at Oulton has been withdrawn.

'We will continue to seek a resolution to the MoD objection, with the intention of resubmitting the application at an appropriate time.'

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It is not known when a new application will be submitted.

An MoD spokesman said an objection was made because the turbine would be 18km from the Air Defence radar at Trimingham and would cause 'unacceptable interference'.

Norwich International airport also objected because the turbine would interfere with its radar.

Oulton parish councillor Sam Booker said: 'Pretty much everybody was against it. Everybody is pleased and relieved.'

There were 79 letters against the plan, objections from Cawston, Blickling, Oulton and Heydon parish councils and 10 letters of support.

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