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Date published: 11th May 2017

A Planning Inspector’s decision to allow two wind turbines to be built at Bodham and Selbrigg in North Norfolk has been quashed.

In early March, an Inspector overturned North Norfolk District Council’s refusal of planning permission, instead granting planning permission for the two schemes: a turbine at Pond Farm, Bodham, submitted by Genatec Ltd, with a maximum tip height of 66m; and a turbine at Selbrigg Farm, Hempstead, submitted by Selbrigg Generation Ltd, with a maximum tip height of 78m.

North Norfolk District Council decided to appeal against these decisions and commenced proceedings in the High Court under Section 288 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

As a result of these proceedings, the Secretary of State has conceded that the Inspector’s reasoning was “inadequate” on two counts:

  • In relation to the cumulative impact on heritage assets.
  • In relation to the application of NNDC Core Strategy Policy EN7 (which deals with Renewable Energy).

The Inspector’s decisions have consequently been quashed and the appeals have been referred back to the Secretary of State for re-determination (which will be by way of further appeal(s) handled by the Planning Inspectorate).

Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, North Norfolk District Council’s Leader, said: “This has been a long running battle, but we believe that our actions are crucial in preserving the unique landscape of this beautiful area both for those who live there and for those that visit.

“I would like to think this will be an end to the matter.”

Cllr Sue Arnold, North Norfolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Planning Policy, said: “These turbines are in the wrong place and should not be built.”

Last updated: 16th August 2017