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MP welcomes decision by councillors to reject nine turbines proposed for west Norfolk

A proposal to build nine wind turbines near Terrington St Clement has been rejected.

MP Henry Bellingham said: “I am absolutely delighted that West Norfolk Council planning committee voted 13:2 to reject the Ongar Hill wind farm application.”

“This is good news for the community. I think the council officers were quite ill-advised.

“It was quite a decisive decision by the committee and I would urge the company not to appeal and waste money

“At a time when we already have over 1,000 wind farms in The Wash and along the Norfolk and Lincolnshire coast, it makes absolutely no sense to locate small clusters of on-shore wind farms in our beautiful countryside. There can be no denying the fact they produce disappointingly low levels of energy, but do a huge amount of damage to our beautiful environment.”

“This is obviously very good news for those residents in Terrington St Clement and Clenchwarton who were directly affected and understandably concerned about the impact of the plans on their lives and properties.”

It had been proposed the turbines –up to 127m and taller than Norwich cathedral – would within an 270 hectares on marshland to the north-west of Terrington St Clement and north-west of Clenchwarton. The site is bordered by Ongar Hill, Rhoon Road, Sandygate Lane and Hall Road.

The project had received plenty of local support with 261 letters from those in favour compared to 192 letters of objection.

Project manager Cath Ibbotson of Coriolis Energy, said before the decision was made that “this project represents the right technology in the right place and we are pleased that planning officers have recommended approval.

“We hope that councillors will listen to their officers as well as local people and consent this project.”