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Councillors advised: reject wind farm

PUBLISHED: 12:26 13 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:56 03 July 2010

Councillors are being advised to turn down a contentious plan to build four wind turbines at Hemsby.

A report to Tuesday's meeting of Great Yarmouth Borough Council's development control committee says the proposed SLP scheme for Ormesby Road would conflict with local plan policies because of its detrimental impact on important Broadland and coastal landscape.

Councillors are being advised to turn down a contentious plan to build four wind turbines at Hemsby.

A report to Tuesday's meeting of Great Yarmouth Borough Council's development control committee says the proposed SLP scheme for Ormesby Road would conflict with local plan policies because of its detrimental impact on important Broadland and coastal landscape.

The recommendation represents a second rebuff to the scheme coming after SLP withdrew a planning application two years ago.

Revisions to the plans, which included a reduction in the height of the turbines from 125m to 105m, have failed to satisfy villagers in Hemsby and Ormesby.

Nearly 80 letters of objections were sent to the borough council with only three letters in support, while 30 parishioners raised objections with Hemsby Parish Council.

The biggest concern voiced was the visual impact, but fears were also raised about the effect on wildlife, the impact on house prices and the possibility of television interference. It was also felt there were enough turbines in the area.

The Broads Authority raised objections because of the windfarm's visual impact, highlighting the effect on views from the north towards the site from Horsey and the Trinity Broads, and from the south from areas such as Halvergate.

In a letter to the committee, the Broads Society says it is “strongly and implacably opposed to any such structures as will impose themselves on the wide skies and distant prospects which are such essential, integral and highly-valued landscape components of the Broads Experience. The colossal structures envisaged here fall without question into this category”.

The applicants say that while the final turbine model has yet to be chosen, it is envisaged the design would be similar to those installed at nearby West Somerton.

The committee will be told the four turbines would have a total generating capacity per annum of up to 10MW, which could supply electricity for more than 5,500 homes. That would equate to meeting the needs of 13.96pc of households in the borough.

SLP says it listened to the public's concerns by reducing the hub height to 60m, a 25pc reduction, and the height to blade tip to 105m, a reduction of 16pc.

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