An energy firm has lodged an appeal to challenge a council’s decision to refuse plans for a wind farm in Fenland.
Coriolis Energy has called on the government to overturn West Norfolk Council’s decision to refuse permission for nine wind turbines near Terrington St Clement.
But campaigners who fought the Ongar Hill proposal have vowed to continue their fight – and are hopeful a new government wind farm policy could halt it in its tracks.
The turbines, measuring up to 127m and almost double the height of Ely cathedral, had been recommended for approval by council planners, but was rejected by councillors in February due to the impact on the landscape.
A current delay in validating appeals means it may not start until around October, and it could then take up to 38 weeks for a final decision to be made.
Campaigner Gerry Rider, who lives in Terrington, hoped the inspectorate would be mindful of new rules relating to onshore wind farms and reject the appeal.
In June, the government scrapped subsidies for all new onshore developments and imposed stricter regulations on mast locations.
Ms Rider said: “The government is against any more onshore wind farms being built. Although this plan was in the pipeline before this was decided, I hope it will be enough grounds to say ‘no’. It’s the last chance of a fight we have.
“We’ve had this hanging over our heads for six months wondering whether there will be an appeal, and it’s now been lodged at the last minute.
“Now we have to wait again for a decision.”
Project manager Cath Ibbotson, from Coriolis Energy, said: “We still consider this is an excellent site for a wind farm and so we’ve asked for an independent planning inspector to review the case. We expect there will be a public inquiry in the next few months which will examine all the issues the council raised in its decision.”