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Disappointment as turbines to go ahead

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:01 01 August 2010

PLANS to build five wind turbines on the former Holton airfield have been given the green light.

Campaigners who have been fighting the proposals for turbines at the Bernard Matthews factory were left disappointed on Wednesday after Waveney District Council's development control committee voted in favour of the renewable-energy scheme.

PLANS to build five wind turbines on the former Holton airfield have been given the green light.

Campaigners who have been fighting the proposals for turbines at the Bernard Matthews factory were left disappointed on Wednesday after Waveney District Council's development control committee voted in favour of the renewable-energy scheme.

The five turbines will be 100m high from ground to the tip of the mast, and the power-generating project will also include a meteorological mast, a substation and access tracks.

The planning committee heard that the turbines would be visible from miles away, but the impact on nearby residents and the landscape was too small to refuse the application.

Campaign group Westhall Windwatch has been fighting the plans for months.

It is estimated that the five turbines will generate enough electricity to power 5,140 homes every year.

About 60 people turned out for the meeting in Lowestoft, where the committee approved the plans, subject to a number of conditions including ensuring that the turbines are removed after their 25-year lifespan, measures to limit flicker in nearby homes and the submission of a plan detailing how the construction will be managed.

This was the second time the plans had been considered. In November, councillors rejected the plans but it then emerged that councillor Chris Punt had broken council rules during the meeting and it was decided the scheme needed to be reconsidered.

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