Kessingland turbines plan in High Court

PLANS for two 125m-high wind turbines at and next to the Africa Alive! wildlife park, at Kessingland, yesterday came under challenge at London's High Court from opponents who say they will spoil the countryside.

PLANS for two 125m-high wind turbines at and next to the Africa Alive! wildlife park, at Kessingland, yesterday came under challenge at London's High Court from opponents who say they will spoil the countryside.

The owners of Benacre estate and Gisleham Parish Council hope Judge Frances Patterson QC will order the secretary of state for communities and local government, Hazel Blears, to have the matter reconsidered.

However, the judge reserved her decision to a later date.

Planning permission for the two turbines was granted to SLP Ltd on appeal by a government planning inspector on May 1, 2008. SLP took the case to the government after losing patience with the time taken by Waveney District Council to consider its application.

The inspector concluded the impact the turbines would have on nearby land did not outweigh the government's policy of promoting renewable energy.

Benacre and the council claim that, in doing so, the inspector erred in law and prejudiced their interests.

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