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Council seeking views over wind farms

Villagers are being invited to go on line to give their views on a proposed wind farm in south Norfolk.

SLP Energy is seeking consent to put up a meteorological mast to measure wind speed at the site at Semere Green Lane, Dickleburgh, to find out whether the location is suitable before deciding whether to put in a full planning application.

The company is looking to build seven 125m high turbines, with five located to the north of the village and one each in the neighbouring parishes of Pulham St Mary and Pulham Market.

Dickleburgh village website has launched a poll, asking residents whether they are in favour of the development. There have been 34 responses to date, with 79pc against the wind farm and 21pc in favour.

Meanwhile South Norfolk Council is carrying out a “scoping opinion” – seeking comments from statutory bodies, including parish councils, prior to SLP submitting an environmental assessment.

Opponents include Nigel Webber, whose home in Harleston Road, Rushall, faces towards the proposed site.

He said, in his letter to the planning authority, that it is an area of “outstanding beauty” with a wide diversity of wildlife, and the turbine towers would be totally unacceptable and dominant.

Former South Norfolk MP Lord MacGregor, who lives at Pulham, also wrote to the district council criticising the limited time scale allowed for comments. The original deadline has now been extended to Thursday, August 9.

Dickleburgh and Rushall Parish Council is holding a public meeting on July 25, before making its response.

By Celia Wigg

EDP 24

13 July 2007