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Windfarm plan dropped

PUBLISHED: 10:52 09 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:14 05 July 2010

Opponents of a controversial windfarm yesterday breathed a huge sigh of relief as it emerged that the developers have pulled out of the scheme.

Hundreds of worried residents had voiced concerns about Lowestoft-based SLP Energy's proposals to build seven 125m high turbines at the former Pulham Airfield site, near Diss, during a series of public meetings last year.

Opponents of a controversial windfarm yesterday breathed a huge sigh of relief as it emerged that the developers have pulled out of the scheme.

Hundreds of worried residents had voiced concerns about Lowestoft-based SLP Energy's proposals to build seven 125m high turbines at the former Pulham Airfield site, near Diss, during a series of public meetings last year.

An action group fighting the development claimed the rural community was totally unsuitable for a windfarm, and that it would create a “blight zone” for those living in a 2km radius at Pulham Market, Pulham St Mary, Dickleburgh and Rushall. The campaign attracted support from high-profile local objectors, including South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon, his predecessor and former cabinet minister Lord MacGregor and author Terence Blacker.

SLP spokesman Kerry Gauntt said yesterday: “It is true that we have dropped the site. We cannot discuss the reasons which are confidential because they are commercially sensitive.” But she denied that the current credit crunch had prompted the move.

“SLP's core business is oil and gas and we are busier than we have ever been, so that's definitely not the reason. We are still a key player regarding wind energy but it's just that some sites are more suitable than others,” she explained, adding that the company is currently looking to develop a site at Mickfield, in Suffolk.

Lucy Melrose, action group spokesman, was delighted by the news. “We have always argued that to site a wind power station between four villages, on a site with clear environmental problems, was crazy.”

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