West Norfolk wind farm plans taken to High Court

Residents in west Norfolk have called on the High Court to reject the government's approval of two wind farms.

Campaigners have asked Mrs Justice Lang to quash the planning inspector's ruling, which gave the go-ahead to 11 turbines at Bagthorpe and Stanhoe.

The Chiplow and Jack's Lane wind farm plans were originally thrown out by West Norfolk borough council in 2011.

The High Court ruling is expected in the new year.

In May, the government's planning inspector granted permission for both wind farms, despite opposition from residents and conservation bodies including English Heritage.

The inspector's report said the benefits of both schemes "clearly outweigh" any "identified harm".

'Diminish public experience'

Two action groups - Against Turbines At Chiplow (ATAC) and Creakes Action for Protecting the Environment (CAPE) - are now seeking to force the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to reconsider the two applications.

The groups claim the turbines - which will be either 100m (328ft) or 125m (410ft) high - will be visible from Bloodgate Hill Fort, a protected ancient monument.

English Heritage previously told the inspector the wind farms would "diminish the public experience, perception and understanding" of the Iron Age fort.

In their legal challenge, the two groups claim the inspector failed to take into account a key expert's oral testimony the harm would be greater than he first indicated in his written evidence.

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