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Wind firm submits Tivetshall plans

PUBLISHED: 11:31 12 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 12 July 2010

An anti-turbine group has pledged to fight a renewable energy firm's latest planning application for a wind farm in rural south Norfolk.

Diss-based Enertrag UK has submitted plans for farmland at Tivetshall St Mary after scaling down its proposals from six 140m-high masts to three.

An anti-turbine group has pledged to fight a renewable energy firm's latest planning application for a wind farm in rural south Norfolk.

Diss-based Enertrag UK has submitted plans for farmland at Tivetshall St Mary after scaling down its proposals from six 140m-high masts to three.

The renewable energy company says its scheme off New Road and Patten Lane could generate enough electricity to power 5,000 homes a year and help reduce CO2 emissions.

However, the Tivetshall Action Group (TAG), which was set up to oppose wind farms in the area, said they would be mounting “strong” resistance against the proposals.

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon and former MP Lord MacGregor have already raised their objections to the latest plans.

Residents have until June 23 to air their views to South Norfolk Council.

Eric Kirby, joint chair of the TAG committee, said there were almost 500 members of the opposition group.

“There is a place for sustainable energy on sites which should be carefully selected, but those at Tivetshall and Semere Green are totally unsuitable. It is detrimental to the local community, landscape, views, nature and history. This belief has been supported by local politicians and dignitaries,” he said.

Enertrag UK's planning application said the visual effects of the turbines would be limited to a 3km radius and nearby householders would under a “worst case scenario” experience 30 minutes of shadow flicker a day.

“Enertrag UK have taken on board advice from consultees and consultants in finalising the layout for the proposed Tivetshall Wind Farm and believe that Tivetshall Wind Farm is a well thought out and sensitively sited project,” said the application.

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