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TCI Renewables in wind farm appeal

Energy firms are facing a battle with local councils in their bid to tackle climate change via renewable energy projects.

The impact of wind farms on the landscape and local residents is at the heart of the debate raging in Norfolk as TCI Renewables launched an appeal on Tuesday against the refusal of planning permission for a three-turbine wind farm.

South Norfolk Council previously refused to grant permission for the 126-metre high turbines on land between the villages of Pulham Market and Dickleburgh, and a planning inspector will decide next week whether the plans can go ahead.

In its appeal, TCI Renewables warned councillors: “If you can’t put them (wind turbines) here, you can’t put them anywhere and effectively you are saying this is a no-go area for wind turbines.”

Elsewhere in the country, critics have voiced outrage over plans to build turbines on the edges of the Yorkshire Dales national park, where Kelda Water Services has applied for permission to install a wind monitoring mast on its land at Thornton Steward.

Opponents have argued that the plans would damage the Wensleydale landscape.

But if the application is approved and the wind is strong enough to install turbines, the company is likely to seek planning permission for a wind farm at the site.