FENLAND: Government agrees to indefinite delay over 19 wind turbines decision

PUBLISHED: 10:06 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:48 02 June 2010

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BY John Elworthy THE Government has agreed to delay indefinitely a decision on whether to allow 19 wind turbines to be built near Wisbech. Agents for Marshland Wind Farm today revealed the postponement and claimed it was necessary to give them more time

BY John Elworthy

THE Government has agreed to delay indefinitely a decision on whether to allow 19 wind turbines to be built near Wisbech.

Agents for Marshland Wind Farm today revealed the postponement and claimed it was necessary to give them more time to provide supporting documentation.

Neil Bromwich, an associate for Osborne Clarke, the wind farm consortium's agent, said it would mean West Norfolk Borough Council Planning Committee postponing a decision at their January 21 meeting.

Mr Bromwich said Marshland Wind Farm Ltd would take some time to prepare the new information and as a result the Secretary of State had put the application on hold.

He assured West Norfolk planners it would not affect their Government target of reaching decisions on all applications within four months. Marshland Wind Farm felt that "as the application is not a planning application and has not been made to the council" it would not affect the Government targets.

However Lyndon Mason, of the anti wind turbine campaign FLAT, said he was "astounded" to learn of the indefinite extension.

He said both the Ministry of Defence and Norfolk highways authority had submitted objections "in relation to problems that they feel are insurmountable and that they cannot therefore see themselves withdrawing their objections."

He accused Marshland Wind Farm of treating local people "with contempt and have dismissed local objections as coming from a few professional NIMBYs." This was despite a local parish poll showing 77 per cent of people opposed to the turbines.

He said people had now seen the application "to be the sham that it is, i.e. nothing more than a money making exercise for a greedy foreign company and greedy local landowners who have betrayed their friends and neighbours by the their pursuit of easy money."

He called for Marshland Wind Farm "to do the honourable thing and withdraw this divisive application and allow us locals to get our lives back.


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