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Wind farm projects to have ‘serious impact’

Proposed E.On and Renewables Energies wind farm projects could impact wildlife and residents, says protest group

David Hart QC, protest groups’ counsel, told inspector Robert Mellor that energy companies E.On and Renewable Energies had underestimated the impact the turbines would have on wildlife and residents.

Mr Mellor heard closing statements from both firms, West Norfolk Council and protest groups, Creake Action for Protecting the Environment (CAPE) and Against Turbines at Chiplow (ATAC).

Mr Hart, with fellow barrister Asitha Ranatunga, said in his closing statement: “The appellants have underestimated the cultural heritage impacts, ornithological impacts, and residential amenity impacts (noise of the proposals) and overstated the renewable energy case for approval.”

Both barristers outlined how the proposals would affect the Iron Age Bloodgate Hill Fort, along with wild life such as stone curlews and pink-footed geese.

Mr Ranatunga said: “The overall message you have heard from local residents is that the countryside here is unspoilt, tranquil and has been relatively undisturbed for hundreds of years.”

The inspector will announce in April whether he will overturn the council’s decision to refuse planning permission for RES to build six turbines on land off Jack’s Lane, Barwick, near Stanhoe, and for E.On to put up five turbines on a site at Chiplow, near Syderstone.