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Call to back turbine noise level agreement

Breckland councillors are being urged to support a noise level agreement for two proposed giant wind turbines in Shipdham.

The turbines are at the centre of an ongoing wrangle, and council officers are recommending that if authority is given to a Section 106 agreement with developers Ecotricity, then Breckland should not make any substantive representations at the third public inquiry into the project.

The agreement has been drawn up with the help of noise experts who believe noise emitted by the two turbines can be adequately measured and controlled in order to prevent a negative impact on local residents.

Ecotricity’s first application for the 100m wind structures near Wood Farm was refused in 2002.

After the original public inquiry in 2003 the plans were rejected.

A second public inquiry was held last year.

Permission to put up the turbines was then given, but a condition imposed to prevent noise nuisance was challenged by Nicholas and Lee Hoare who live next to the proposed site. The Planning Inspectorate quashed the decision to grant permission, and the third inquiry, specifically about noise issues, will take place early in 2008.

Councillors will discuss the wind turbine proposal at the development control committee on Monday, December 17.

By Emma Knights

Eastern Daily Press

10 December 2007