The Appeal Decision for development at Sculthorpe, has relevance for Bodham and Selbrigg.



Posted Friday August 4th 2017

Inquiry opened on 25 April 2017 Site visit made on 4 May 2017

by C J Ball DArch DCons RIBA IHBC
an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Decision date: 05 July 2017


77. I have found that the development of the site would lead cumulatively to less than substantial harm to the significance of the Sculthorpe Conservation Area and 3 listed buildings as designated heritage assets. As Framework 134 makes clear, where a development proposal will lead to less than substantial harm to the significance of a designated heritage asset, this harm should be weighed against the public benefits of the proposal. ‘Less than substantial’ does not necessarily mean insignificant and each incidence of harm, as a matter of law, must be given considerable importance and weight. Together, the 4 incidences of harm carry significant weight in the overall planning balance.

11th September is end date for submission of updated statements and any procedure comments you may have. This extension applies to all parties.
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The Planning Inspectorate
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Wind turbines victory for North Norfolk District Council
Planning Inspector’s decision into Bodham and Selbrigg wind turbines quashed

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.”

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