Norfolk

Norfolk council rejects Hempnall three turbine wind farm plan

Plans for three wind turbines whose blades would have reached a height of 410ft (126.5m) have been rejected by a Norfolk district council.

TCI Renewables, based in Oxford, had campaigned for several years for the development at Hempnall.

Despite a recommendation for approval by planners at South Norfolk District Council, the project, called Streetwood, was rejected on Wednesday.

TCI said it would pursue the application at a public inquiry.

'Unacceptable impact'

Hilary Battye, from Stop Hempnall's Onshore Wind Turbines, said campaigners would keep fighting the plans.

"We have got the right result and we are pleased 200 supporters attended the planning meeting."

The plan was rejected on grounds it would have had adverse effects on landscape and heritage.

Noise from the turbines would also have had an "unacceptable impact in residents", the council decision said.

But TCI Renewables said: "Despite the committee members refusing the scheme, we remain confident that this is a good site for a wind farm and that Streetwood can make a valuable contribution towards the Government's renewable energy targets.

"We are encouraged that the planning officer was minded to recommend approval, subject to conditions.

"The decision will now be taken by a planning inspector after a public inquiry due to begin on 1 April."

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