New plans to build turbines in Hemsby

A wind turbine company has resubmitted plans to build four towering turbines in a Norfolk village - more than 18 months after a similar scheme was dropped.

A wind turbine company has resubmitted plans to build four towering turbines in a Norfolk village - more than 18 months after a similar scheme was dropped.

SLP Energy wants to construct the 105m turbines in Hemsby, near Yarmouth to provide green and clean power to 5,500 homes in the region.

In December 2007 the company withdrew plans to build four 125m turbines after critics said the windfarm would dominate the landscape.

A series of highly charged public meetings in 2007 also heard concerns that the turbines would interfere with television signals and affect local wildlife.

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Lowestoft-based SLP has now submitted a new planning application to Yarmouth Borough Council to build the smaller turbines off Ormesby Road after a landscape and visual impact assessment said the structures would not be an eyesore.

The SLP report says that although the windfarm would impact on the immediate vicinity it would have little effect on the surrounding Broadland countryside.

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It states: "It can be considered that the overall nature of the effect of the Hemsby windfarm development will be generally neutral from the majority of the landscape character areas and viewpoints given the turbines of Somerton, Blood Hill and Scroby Sands already exist in the same landscape."

SLP says that it will make sure that wildlife is not disturbed by the turbines.

The company also says that problems of poor television signals could be solved with better aerials or by providing an alternative source of transmission, such as cable or digital systems.

Yesterday Bob Reynolds, the chairman of Hemsby Parish Council, said that he thought most people in the village would welcome the revised plans - although some others would still object to the latest submission.

SLP, which operates the Ness Point turbine at Lowestoft, says the windfarm would operate for 25 years and if approved by borough planners will supply 13.96pc of all the electricity needed in Yarmouth - helping to meet government renewable energy targets.

Paul Smith, SLP onshore development manager, said: "Our findings indicate that the project will not have any long-term adverse effects on the environment.

"Furthermore this project will help contribute to the region's renewable energy targets and potentially provide the equivalent for more than 5,500 homes with clean green electricity."

Details of the Hemsby onshore wind turbine plan and a non- technical summary can be viewed on or at Yarmouth Borough Council Town Hall and Yarmouth, Caister and Martham libraries.

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