Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Well done to Hindolveston!

Delighted to hear from my friends in Hindolveston in North Norfolk that the campaign against Energtrag's planned wind turbines at Guestwick has been successful and they will not now be built. Very many congratulations to Sarah Pettegree and her colleagues who fought a text book community based campaign. I hope my advice at the beginning proved of some little use. Well done guys!

7 comments:

Daniel said...

Hurrah! A victory for fossil fuels!

Iain Dale said...

Daniel, don't comment on an issue you cannot possibly understand! These wind turbines would have been a colossal blight on the local enviornment and produced very little energy. It's a victory for common sense.

kingbongo said...

Anyway there's nothing wrong with fossil fuels that a bit of clean coal technology can't handle - that's why we oppose the idiotic climate change levy as it doesn't punish carbon emission but energy generation.

These big turbines in stunning locations are just a money-making scam and do nothing to help the environment.

ian said...

Fair enough, really. If sea levels rise, it's norfolk that gets flooded first.

Norfolk Skies said...

Thanks Iain - your support and practical advice when we were still finding our feet were indeed fantastically valuable.

And, despite the fact that we haven't been your "responsibilty" of late, you've stuck with us and kept in touch - which has been great. You've been a good friend to the campaign.

The Morningstar said...

We have five windfarms in the area and the number may soon rise to seven, we have a mixture of onshore and offshore.

I'll admit that initially I thought they detracted from the landscape but from the information available the ones in this area seem to have had little effect on the environment, could you let us know what impacts this particular development would have had?

Norfolk Skies said...

As Iain has made about a gazillion posts since last night probably no one will ever find this again - but just in case.

The Planning Inspector’s report is a long paper Morningstar, but he said that proposal was in conflict with planning policies concerned with the character and appearance of the countryside. It’s a very old, subtle and remote rural landscape where there is nothing higher than the oak trees and the occasional medieval church for many miles - and yet has 123 listed buildings within 5km of the site.

You may not agree with the policy, but the District Council, the neighbouring District Council, the County Council and now the Planning Inspectorate all feel that they have a statutory obligation to find in this case that six 130m turbines (Norwich Cathedral, the second highest cathedral in the country, is 96m) would have been in breach of the safeguarding laid down within the Government’s own renewable energy policy.

Oh yes, and ian, sadly the errection of wind turbines and the flooding of Norfolk are not mutually exclusive. Would that the answer was that simple.