A planning inspector has ruled in favour of four wind turbines near Great Yarmouth on Norfolk's east coast after an appeal lodged by Next Generation, the project developer, against Great Yarmouth Borough Council's rejection of the plan. The inspector rules that because of its urban setting and distance from residential and commercial concerns, the wind farm "would not materially harm either the appearance of the locality, or appear oppressive for residents." He points out that the turbines would be capable of producing 18% of the town's domestic needs. The four 1.8 MW Enercon E66 turbines will be sited along an industrial sea front. Two have NFFO power purchase agreements. The remaining two are to be built outside the NFFO support scheme as merchant wind power projects, says Next Generation's Dale Vince. He expects to start construction in 2001.
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