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Green light for Walpole St Andrew turbine?

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Planners have been recommended to give the thumbs-up to a 24.8m wind turbine in Walpole St Andrew.

Andrew Bateman has applied to West Norfolk Council to install the turbine at Model Farm, Frenchs Road.

The wind turbine has a hub height of 24.8m and a tip height of 36.6m.

Members of the planning committee have been recommended to approve the application.

The report states that the turbine would help the farm reduce both its carbon footprint and electricity overhead and derive a diversified income from the Government’s Feed In and Export Tariffs.

An earlier application for two wind turbines had been approved for the site.

The report states: “The current proposal seeks to replace one of these turbines with one that is taller in terms of the overall height to blade tip. The previous planning decision attached significant weight in this instance, and in principle officers do not consider an objection can be sustained.

“In terms of planning impacts, the proposal is considered to be acceptable in terms of visual impact and there are no material adverse implications relating to noise, shadow flicker, ecology, heritage assets and air traffic control.”

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