Councillor in ‘turbine ghetto’ jibe over Swaffham scheme

The Buttercross in Swaffham. ENGANL00120140402155632
The Buttercross in Swaffham. ENGANL00120140402155632
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A Swaffham town councillor has accused developers of turning the area into a “turbine ghetto” after a revised wind energy scheme was debated last night.

Last month, developers behind plans for the Airvolution Energy site on Sporle Road announced they were cutting the height of the two proposed turbines to 115 metres from the previously planned 131 metres.

They say the move was designed to take account of local concerns.

The revised scheme was put before town councillors during their monthly meeting on Wednesday evening.

While a majority indicated they were prepared to accept the change, former town mayor Terry Jennison hit out at the amount of similar developments around the town.

She said: “It won’t be long before they apply to put a turbine on the Buttercross.

“This is just adding to the turbine ghetto. I’m totally against it.”

Another councillor, Jan Buckley-Stephens, joined her in voting to object to the scheme.

But others raised questions about whether the town could benefit financially if the development were to proceed.

However, deputy mayor Paul Darby reminded the meeting they could only consider planning matters when determining their response to the proposal.