Public inquiry begins into Shipdham wind turbine proposals

John Watson chairing the fourth Public Inquiry into the proposed wind farm at Shipdham. Photo: Bill

John Watson chairing the fourth Public Inquiry into the proposed wind farm at Shipdham. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Bill Smith - Archant

A public inquiry into controversial plans for two 100-metre wind turbines has got under way.

Ecotricity plans to build the structures at land at Wood Farm, Church Lane, Shipdham.

The planning application, the fourth in a 10-year saga over the proposals, was turned down by Breckland District Council in August last year.

During the opening day of the inquiry, being held at Barnham Broom Hotel, planning inspector John Watson heard how, according to the developers, the land is no more significant than other sites where turbines have been approved and built and that the turbines will not make the area an unattractive place to live.

On behalf of residents who live in Shipdham and Bradenham, however, it was heard that several hundred people will have to suffer significant adverse visual impact if the plans were to be given the go-ahead.


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The inquiry is expected to last six days.

Check back on this website for updates.

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