Thursday, 14 March 2013

Here's a link to the letter we are sending to as many people as we can in the area outlining the proposal, how to object and why we think its NOT a good idea.  If you'd like to download it, print it, and give it your friends and neighbours please do!



Wednesday, 13 March 2013

As promised here are the aerial photos - thank you Sky High Imagery.  They show the view from 76m above the proposed turbine site which is just shy of what would be the tip of the turbine's propeller (77m).  Obviously you can see the whole of the village of Oulton, however its interesting to note that you can see Blickling Hall's upper windows in the distance as well as Blickling Church next to it.  On one of the shots of the area where the trees were felled you can also see Heydon Hall in the distance on the left.

Although these historical buildings look small in the distance its important to remember that the scale of the wind turbine is huge in comparison so it certainly won't look quite so tiny when viewed in the opposite direction!


Area of felled trees:

The turbine (and Big Ben! ) as it would look on the site:

The view across from the site in a North Easterly direction:

And zooming in on Blickling Estate:

Monday, 11 March 2013

Quick update for you as its all been happening over the weekend:

  • The Forestry Commission have declared the felling of the trees officially illegal and have issued Bernard Matthews with a re-stocking notice.  Once we have details on this we'll share them with you here.  This news was broken by BBC Look East today - so tune in if you get the chance!  You can also read about it here: BBC News Online
  • We have some great aerial photos of the site where the trees were (not any more!).  We've also got some photos and videos showing the view of the surrounding area from 76m up on the turbine site.  Shows clearly where the turbine will be visible from which includes many parts of the Blickling Estate.... we'll share them in the next day or two....


Thursday, 7 March 2013

It's Time To Act!

The planning application has gone in and has now been registered.  The application no. is 20130177.  Now is the time to let Broadland District Council planners know what you think of proposed turbine:

Broadland District Council - Bernard Matthews Turbine Application, Oulton, North Norfolk
NB This site seems to work better in Internet Explorer than some other browsers...

Latest News:

Bernard Matthews have felled 342 trees (almost an acre) on the proposed wind turbine site - potentially illegally.  The forestry commission have been in to investigate and Broadland District Council have been made aware of the tree culling as it seems neither organisation were either consulted or notified!

In fact the trees are exactly where they want to build the turbine and because they were in the way BM decided it would better to get rid of them before the planning application went in... In response to meia coverage on the subject they've said it was part of an "ecological review" and were removed because the trees may have caused an issue with the planning process for the turbine relating to bat colonies.  This seems to us even more cynical! 

The other major consideration that BM failed to take into account was that the company was ordered to put the trees up 22 years ago as a condition of their planning application to expand their poultry sheds on the site.  The trees were supposed to screen the units from view.  We're waiting to hear what Broadland planning have to say on this issue....

Some pictures of the carnage:

You can see the trees before they were felled in this aerial view: