A plan to build a wind farm between four villages in south Norfolk has been refused on appeal.
Three 126 metre-high turbines were planned for part of Upper Vaunces Farm, on land east of Semere Green Road, in the parishes of Dickleburgh and Pulham Market, but planning permission was refused in December 2010 by South Norfolk Council.
Developer TCI Renewables, based in Oxfordshire, decided to appeal the decision, but today the planning inspector Zoe Hill, who presided over a lengthy and detailed inquiry, concluded that the appeal should be thrown out.
She said that while planning policies weighed heavily in favour of renewable energy projects, the plans still fell down on key areas, mainly the impact on nearby homes.
Mrs Hill said there would be “serious harm to the living conditions of the occupiers of Lowbrook Farm and more limited harm to the occupiers of Seamere Cottage (Rosella) resulting from the impact on outlook and the overbearing presence of turbine T1 (the turbine nearest the properties).
“Whilst there are other matters which have been addressed here and do not weigh against the scheme, and whilst the initial balance is heavily in
favour of this type of scheme, the harms identified are not and cannot be made acceptable for the development proposed.”
The plans had been fought by campaign group 4Villages, made up of people from Dickleburgh, Rushall, Pulham Market and Pulham St Mary.
The appeal hearing ran in June last year, and resumed again in April to consider additional evidence.
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