March 9, 2013

Tivetshall 140m wind turbines plan withdrawn

Diss Express | 9 March 2013 |

Wind farm developers TCI Renewables has withdrawn its controversial application for three 140-metre high turbines close to the village of Tivetshall St Mary.

Tivetshall Action Group, which represents 1000 members from Tivetshall St Mary and surrounding villages, and has battled the windfarm plans for five years, has welcomed the news.

But TAG joint chairman Eric Kirby said the group would fight on in opposition to revised proposals by the same company for three 126-metre high turbines at Upper Vaunces Farm at nearby Dickleburgh. “The withdrawal of proposals at Tivetshall St Mary is very welcome. This has been a cloud hanging over the village for a long time. We had always maintained that this was a totally unsuitable site for such large scale industrial development,” he said.

Mr Newby said the 140-metre high turbines would have been larger than those erected at Eye and the biggest on the UK mainland. Objections had come not only from local residents and organisations such as Norfolk Gliding Club at Tibenham, but also English Heritage concerned about the impact on the 11th century St Mary’s Church.

Mr Newby said: “We hope this is a permanent withdrawal rather than a tactical withdrawal to avoid refusal of planning permission, and that the proposals will not be sold on to another wind turbine developer as has happened in other locations.”

TCI Renewables has dismantled its test mast at Tivetshall St Mary, although it is believed the anchorings still remain and will be removed by the end of March.

The company did not respond to requests from the Diss Express for a comment on the withdrawal of their plans.

TCI Renewables has confirmed to South Norfolk Council planners that it will re-apply for planning permission for three wind turbines at Upper Vaunces Farm incorporating modifications to layout. It is also putting forward an amended application for four turbines at Hempnall.

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