Site visit ahead of controversial Shipdham wind turbine decision

Breckland councillors visited the site where two controversial wind turbines could be built, if approved next week.

Some eight members of the council's planning committee were shown around the field off Church Lane on Friday, July 27.

The Ecotricity application for two 100-metre high turbines to be built between Shipdham and Bradenham has been the issue of a decade-long planning saga.

A number of appeals and inquiries and a High Court judicial review have taken place over the proposed turbines over the past 10 years.

The latest application, which is recommended for approval, is due to be discussed on Monday, August 6, from 9.30am at the Breckland offices in Dereham.

At the planning meeting on July 9, when it was decided a site visit should take place, the committee heard that 130 letters of support had been received by the council, compared to 79 letters of objection.

Main concerns from objectors included the constant noise, which would affect the 'tranquil' area.

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