Plans for two wind turbines in north Norfolk

Plans for wind turbines in two north Norfolk villages have raised concerns.

The proposals for the turbines, one in Bacton and one in Bodham, are set to be discussed by North Norfolk District Council's development control committee on Thursday , with planning officers recommending approval for one but not the other.

The 15m high turbine in Bacton would be sited on the southern slope of the village hall in Coast Road, with proposals for photovoltaic panels on the hall as well.

But a Noise Impact Assessment submitted on behalf of the applicants, Bacon-on-Sea Village Hall Trust, states homes should not be sited within 50 metres of the proposed wind turbine, but as it stands, the turbine would be immediately adjacent to a site which has been earmarked for residential development.

A report drawn up by planning officers, set to be put before the development committee on Thursday , states: 'The proposal could have an impact on a significant proportion of the proposed development site and is likely to undermine the ability of the proposed allocation to deliver the specified number of dwellings.


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'In summary, it is recommended that the application be refused.'

The parish council have put forward no objections to the plans, and neither has the council's conservation, design and landscape manager.

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In a report to the development committee, he states: 'The local landscape is relatively diverse. Owing to the number of varied and distinctive features within it, a modest wind turbine could be tolerated in this location.'

In Bodham, proposals for the erection of a 15m high domestic wind turbine near to Stone Lodge in Kelling Road, Lower Bodham, have been recommended for approval.

Bodham Parish Council has objected to the proposals on the grounds of potential noise to neighbouring properties, and five letters of objection to the plans have been received from local residents who have raised concerns including the possible detrimental impact on wildlife and also the plans being out of character with the area.

But in their report, set to be seen by the development committee on Thursday , planning officers state that improvements have been made to the plans, taking account of residents concerns, including changing the turbine to a four blade model to reduce visual and noise disturbance.

The report states: 'Whilst it is clear that the wind turbine would have some visual impact on the neighbouring properties, given the separation distances involved and the relatively small scale nature of the proposals, it is not considered it would have a significantly detrimental effect on the residential amenity of nearby occupiers.'

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