Opposition mounts over turbine plan

Opposition is mounting over a new wind turbine plan at a former world war two airfield in south Norfolk.Green energy firm TCI Renewables submitted proposals earlier this month for a wind monitoring mast on the old RAF Pulham site, near Diss, with a view to constructing three 125m high turbines.

Opposition is mounting over a new wind turbine plan at a former world war two airfield in south Norfolk.

Green energy firm TCI Renewables submitted proposals earlier this month for a wind monitoring mast on the old RAF Pulham site, near Diss, with a view to constructing three 125m high turbines.

But letters of objection have already begun flooding into South Norfolk Council against the Oxford firm's application for a 60m tall meteorological testing mast at Upper Vaunces Farm.

The district council has already received more than 20 objections from residents at nearby Pulham St Mary, Pulham Market, Dickleburgh, and Rushall.


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Campaigners from the 4Villages group say that a wind turbine development would blight the landscape and spoil the character of the surrounding villages.

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon has also spoken of his opposition to the latest proposals at the former airfield and said that the 60m monitoring mast would pose an impact on the rural area.

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David Leyserman, of Rushall, said the planning application was a money generating exercise by TCI and the landowner, and there was increasing evidence that wind turbines did not make a meaningful contribution to local or national energy needs.

'These huge great machines are quite simply an industrialisation of the countryside and have no place in our gentle rural landscape,' he said.

Ann Murphy, of Dickleburgh, added: 'This is a beautiful rural area with a close community feel. We do not want it spoilt with wind turbines when they could quite easily be placed out at sea.'

Graham King, of Pulham St Mary, has also raised concerns about the potential contamination of the former military site.

The application comes after Lowestoft-based SLP Energy withdrew plans for seven 125m high turbines at the site last year.

Officials from TCI Renewables have confirmed that they want to submit formal proposals for a three turbine windfarm to the south west of Pulham St Mary by the end of the year, which could power 4,000 homes.

Four letters of support have also been posted on South Norfolk Council's planning website. Residents have until April 4 to air their views on the wind monitoring mast proposals.

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