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MP salutes campaigners after windfarm appeal is dismissed

Speaking after the Planning Inspectorate dismissed TCI Renewables’ appeal to overturn South Norfolk Council’s rejection of a three turbine windfarm on land between Dickleburgh, Rushall and the Pulhams, South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon said:

“This decision is a victory for common sense. The Planning Inspector has clearly listened to strongly expressed local views and I am particularly pleased that she has recognised that the turbines’ impact on the gentle rural landscape in Rushall would be significant and harmful. 

“St Mary’s Church in Rushall would have been overwhelmed by these turbines, and some residents would have had no escape from turbines towering over their homes.   

South Norfolk Council was right to reject these plans and the formidable 4 Villages campaign group has worked extremely hard to protect local residents and see off these proposals.   Their key concerns have now been endorsed by the Planning Inspector.

“In order to take proper advantage of the benefits of wind power we should continue to go off-shore, where it is much windier. It would then be possible to have large scale developments and big economies of scale, without the intrusion which this type of development on-shore will inevitably cause in a gentle rural landscape”.

Mr Bacon was speaking after Planning Inspector Ms Zoe Hill today dismissed TCI Renewables’ appeal against South Norfolk District Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for three 126-metre turbines on land between Rushall, Dickleburgh and the Pulhams. 

15 October 2012

See also:
PDF: Richard Bacon MP's statement to the Planning Inquiry