Stalham rejects wind turbines

A public meeting held to discuss a two wind turbine planning application near Stalham saw a vote of 130 people against, one in favour.The meeting was chaired by Tony Ross-Benham, chairman of Stalham Town Council, partly to allow people to air their views and partly to help inform the council in advance of them making a formal comment on the plan when they meet on Monday.

A public meeting held to discuss a two wind turbine planning application near Stalham saw a vote of 130 people against, one in favour.

The meeting was chaired by Tony Ross-Benham, chairman of Stalham Town Council, partly to allow people to air their views and partly to help inform the council in advance of them making a formal comment on the plan when they meet on Monday.

Mr Ross-Benham said the meeting on Thursday evening in the town's junior school was well attended despite the poor weather.

The plan for the 130-metre high turbines on arable land at Ingham Farms, Brumstead, just outside Stalham, was outlined during the meeting and people commented on various aspects.

“The main points raised were the size of the turbines, their close proximity to Stalham, noise, flicker and concerns about wildlife,” said Mr Ross-Benham.

“At the end of the meeting we had a show of hands with one person in favour and the remainder against.”

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The plan will be considered at a future meeting of North Norfolk District Council's development control committee, where submissions from bodies such as the town council and local people will be debated.

The turbine project is being run by Wind Power Renewables, headed by Catfield-based Andy Hilton.