Innovative plans to create a wind farm in Kessingland have moved a step closer.
For The Journal can today exclusively reveal that a £4m scheme to build two giant turbines has progressed with the submission of a planning application by Lowestoft firm SLP Energy.
The proposed two 3MW turbine wind farm development is the result of over two years worth of studies, surveys and consultation exercises.
And now, with the application handed over to Waveney District Council, potentially the two turbines – roughly the same size as Gulliver – would power 3,745 homes, which is around 7.75pc of the homes in Waveney.
The proposed wind farm, which would generate renewable energy for 25 years, would be sited next to the A12. One turbine would be situated within the Africa Alive! wildlife park and the other would be on agricultural land between the park and the A12.
Both turbines would have a maximum height of 125m. Lowestoft landmark Gulliver measures 126m, but it generates up to 2,750kw of power every hour, enough to support 1,600 homes.
Waveney MP Bob Blizzard has welcomed the scheme, admitting it signalled the area’s green credentials.
Kerry-Leigh Bradfield, communications manager at SLP Energy, said: “The proposed Kessingland Wind Farm would show a significant commitment by Waveney District Council towards the UK’s target of 15pc of electricity supply to come from renewable sources by 2015. The wind farm would produce clean, economic, renewable energy.”
The proposal to one of the turbines within the wildlife park will also act as an educational facility and new investment for the complex.
The wind farm would be connected to the electricity grid at Henstead, with all the cabling required being underground.
SLP Energy, which is based in Hamilton Road, Lowestoft, submitted the planning application and Environmental Statement (ES) for the proposed wind farm this week.
During an Environmental Impact Assessment, intensive consultation took place with an exhibition held at Livingstones free house last September.
Liam Martin, chairman of Kessingland Parish Council, said SLP had kept villagers informed of their plans for the wind turbines from an early date.
“There was an exhibition on the proposals held in the village at the end of last year at which everyone in the area could attend.
“Now that an official planning application has been submitted to the district council, individuals, organisations and the parish council can make their comments before a decision is reached.”
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