Campaigners scored a victory against the developers of wind turbines on Tuesday.
Plans to build a 60-metre monitoring mast near Tivetshall St Mary by Enertrag UK Ltd were rejected by a South Norfolk Council planning committee.
Members of the public packed the council chamber to see six of seven councillors reject the application, with one abstention. They cited visual and environmental impacts among their reasons.
Developer Enertrag wanted the mast to monitor meteorological conditions for two years before submitting plans to build six wind turbines on land south of Tivetshall St Mary, near Dickleburgh and Shimpling.
Eric Kirby, a committee member for the Tivetshall Action Group, said: “I’m very pleased. It is the right thing, in the wrong place.”
Tivetshall St Mary parish council chairman Graham Mills said he thought the majority of villagers would be pleased with the outcome, based on the level of opposition at meetings.
Parish councils at Gissing, Dickleburgh, Burston and Shimpling and Brockdish all recommended refusal.
But David Linley, manager for projects at Enertrag, was unhappy with the planning committee going against the recommendation of South Norfolk Council officers.
He said: “It (the meeting) was a shambles – there was no decision made on planning law.”
But he added that Enertrag would not be abandoning its plans and that a wind farm could still be built without the monitoring mast.
“I have meetings with the council next week to discuss the best way forward but the application is not dead.”
By Luke Page
25 April 2008
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