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Pulham Market wind turbine plans denied by Government  

Credit:  Michelle Finch | Diss Mercury | 23 January 2015 | www.dissmercury.co.uk ~~

Plans to construct three turbines in south Norfolk have been thrown out by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles MP.

TCI Renewables had lodged a scheme for the Upper Vaunces Wind Farm villages of Dickleburgh, Pulham Market, Pulham St Mary and Rushall.

An appeal by TCI Renewables was sent to Mr Pickles after South Norfolk Council rejected the plans last April.

A spokesman from South Norfolk Council said: “South Norfolk Council is pleased that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP, has agreed with the council’s decision.”

Mr Pickles denied the plans after concluding there was significant harm to the setting of St Marys Church, Rushall and harm to other heritage assets and this harm outweighed the benefits of the renewal energy proposal.

He also said the impacts of the proposals are not, and cannot be made acceptable.

A previous proposal by TCI Renewables (TCIR) for a wind farm at Upper Vaunces Farm was dismissed at appeal by a planning Inspector in October 2012.

Following a thorough review of the comments in the Inspector’s decision letter, TCIR then developed a revised design for the site – a scheme now rejected by Mr Pickles.

The turbines would be up to 126m in height and it is claimed they could generate enough power for 3,500 homes.

a statement on TCI Renewables’ windfarm website said the company believes that the new wind farm layout satisfactorily addresses these previous issues, and that any remaining impact is not unduly harmful and is clearly outweighed by the renewable energy benefits of the wind farm in the wider public interest.

Source:  Michelle Finch | Diss Mercury | 23 January 2015 | www.dissmercury.co.uk

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