Eric Pickles dismisses wind farm proposal for Pulham Market

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Another wind farm proposal in south Norfolk has been knocked back just days after the same developer appealed against the dismissal of separate wind turbine plans in the area.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles threw out an application by energy company TCI Renewables to construct three wind turbines at land east of Semere Green Road in Pulham Market, which forms part of Upper Vaunces Farm, despite the plans receiving a recommendation for approval from an independent planning inspector.

This mirrors Mr Pickles’ decision back in October last year to dismiss plans for another set of three wind turbines at Bussey’s Loke in Hempnall, which were also submitted by TCI.

The Oxfordshire-based business launched a further appeal earlier this month against the Secretary of State’s decision to reject the Hempnall proposal, with a Judicial Review set to be taken in the High Court on March 17, 2015.

A similar appeal could be lodged regarding the Pulham Market proposal, if TCI respond to the decision within six weeks.

A statement issued by South Norfolk Council on Wednesday read: “South Norfolk Council is pleased that Eric Pickles MP has agreed with the Council’s decision and refused planning permission for three wind turbines on land forming part of Upper Vaunces Farm, Pulham Market.

“Eric Pickles MP concluded that there was significant harm to the setting of St Mary’s Church, Rushall and harm to other heritage assets and this harm outweighed the benefits of the renewal energy proposal.

“He also said that the impacts of the proposals are not, and cannot be made acceptable.”