|Letters of Objection to SNDC|
|Written by Administrator|
|Monday, 01 March 2010 00:00|
TCI Renewables Withdraw Tivetshall Turbine Application
It is with great pleasure that TAG is able to report that TCI have on 1st March 2013 confirmed to SNDC Planners their withdrawal of Planning Application 2010/0861 for three 140m high turbines on the outskirts of Tivetshall St Mary, South Norfolk. This is indeed very welcome news following some 5 years of objection to this proposed development.
Of course, we cannot be sure if this is a permanent withdrawal or a tactical move to forestall a potential refusal by SNDC - only time will tell.
TCI have confirmed their intention to progress, following minor modifications to layout, with the re-applications for turbines at Upper Vaunces Farm, Dickleburgh and at Hempnall despite these having been previously refused by SNDC and at subsquent appeals to the Planning Inspectorate.
TAG would like to thank all those who have provided support and assistance over the years to convince developers and SNDC that the selected site was totally unsuited to such a development - hopefully TCI have at last recognised this fact.
For full update refer to "Breaking News" section.
This is the tranquil scene currently available to all making use of the public footpaths and bridleways around the New Road / Patten Lane area of Tivetshall St Mary and is the area chosen by walkers, horse-riders and visitors to St Mary Church ruin for obvious reasons. It is also the site chosen by Enertrag for the erection of 3 x 140m high wind turbines. TAG wishes to preserve this scene and facility as it is for the continued enjoyment of local residents and prolific wildlife without the addition of an industrial and over-powering back-cloth.
TAG supporters are also encouraged to contact their local Parish Council to express their opposition as Councils have been invited by SNC to communicate their opinions for or against this proposed development within the statutory Consultation process and will be able to attend the planning committee to express these views if they require. For contact details please refer to the "Contacts - Useful Information Links" page on this website.
TAG's supporters were encouraged to also write to SNDC concerning the TCI turbine application (Planning Ref: 2010/0383) proposed east of the A140 just 1km from some Tivetshall St Mary residential property and we are pleased to report that this application was refused by SNDC Planning Committee of 8th December 2010. Refer to 4V website for further information [http://4villages.co.uk].
Since this refusal, the developer TCI Renewables had given notice of appeal and the subsequent inquiry was held during early 2011 and completed in 2012 and has sensibly confirmed the refusal of this application as at 15th October 2012. Will TCI get the message at last that these turbines are not condusive to the South Norfolk landscape?
Apparently, TCIR do not understand the word "NO". In January 2013 they have confirmed they are re-submitting their application for 3 x 125m high turbines on the same site but with turbines configured into a tighter cluster - and by this means they consider they will overcome the objections put forward by the local community (through 4V) and the reasons for SNDC and the Planning Inspector's refusals. They have no idea!
It only goes to show that with a willing land-owner (West Farms in this instance) they will continue in their endevours to win approval at whatever cost to reap the significant rewards offered to them by the Government subsidies available - notwithstanding the continued objection of the local community and those officials who administer Planning law and the NPPF. It's time the Government made changes to the NPPF to make clear that LOCALISM does count for something and a refusal at appeal means just that - NO, GO AWAY!
This is the tranquil setting that has been St Mary's Church (ruin) for hundreds of years, although in its current ruined state only since 1947 when the tower collapsed into the church due to vibration from a low flying aircraft passing over. TAG wishes to preserve this scene and facility for the continued enjoyment of all without the addition of three 140m turbines as a back-cloth.
Now the application for planning has been registered by SNDC, a timescale for consultees and objections will be set by the Council in accordance with statutory requirements. Due to the complexities of the planning process relating to windfarms and the considerable material anticipated within the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) prepared by the applicant and which will require careful analysis by TAG and other interested parties, we shall seek an extention to the period permitted for objection and will keep TAG members advised accordingly. The application is still under consideration by SNDC who have recently requested further EIA information from the developer under Regulation 19; so a decision is not expected until early 2011. Since confirming SNDC's requirement for further information to complete the EIA, it should be noted that as of early March 2011 the developer, Enertrag, has still not responded with the information outstanding. They have however agreed to an extension to the planning adjudication period now until 30th April 2011.
|Last Updated on Monday, 04 March 2013 13:45|