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Energy company urged not to appeal, after west Norfolk wind turbine proposal turned down

An energy company whose proposal to build nine wind turbines in west Norfolk was turned down, has been urged not to appeal by the local MP.

The plans for the turbines, measuring up to 127m in height, were recommended for approval by West Norfolk Council’s planning committee yesterday.

But councillors turned down the application submitted by Coriolis Energy, 13-2, on the grounds of impact on landscape and the benefits not outweighing the harm.

After the meeting, Cath Ibbotson, project manager from Coriolis Energy, said: “We are disappointed with the decision and are going to consider our options and next steps.”

The proposed development on 270 hectares of agricultural land near Terrington St Clement and Clenchwarton, overlooking The Wash, was opposed by North-west Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham.

After the meeting, he said: “I’m delighted. This is good news for the community. I would urge the company not to appeal the decision and waste money.”

The decision was also welcomed by Geoff Poynter, from Terrington St Clement, who said: “The council made a great decision in turning this planning application down. Our villages can remain rural communities.”

Coriolis Energy last week said the turbines could generate enough electricity to power about 9,800 homes. The firm also said that, if consent were granted, an annual fund of £112,500 would be provided for community projects, and up to 30 people would be employed during the construction period.