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Factory's plan for turbines

A Long Sutton factory wants to install two 120m wind turbines on nearby famland to power its food processing plant and play its part in the fight against global warming.

Premier Foods, of Bridge Road, proposes to put up two 2MW turbines on land belonging to T and P Piccaver, at Home Farm, and says they will generate electricity for use at its factory and on occasion supply the national grid.

The company says the turbine towers will be 80m tall with the blades 40m long giving a maximum height of 120m.

Although they will be able to be seen by most of the community, the firm said that they will be obscured by vegetation, buildings, trees and high voltage power lines.

In its full application to South Holland District Council, Premier Foods said: “Physically the turbines are large and they are to be located on a flat, open space.

“In practical terms the majority of the local community of Long Sutton will have some views of the turbines.

“There is always an element of subjectiveness about visual impact, however, these turbines are grouped to minimise their presence.”

The Bridge Road factory uses 16,000MWh of electricity a year while the new turbines will be able to generate 11,400MWh – enough to supply 2,200 homes.

Premier Foods says the turbines will be of benefit to the local economy by helping a local farmer to diversify and can be removed after 20 years so will only have a temporary impact.

It adds: “The opportunity is therefore to grasp the chance to make a serious fight against global warming and to allow the local community to feel that they can make a difference.”

Premier Foods, which has headquarters in St Albans, manufactures some of the country’s favourite foods, including Ambrosia Custard, Branston Pickle and Hartley’s Jam.

Branston Baked Beans and Hunger Breaks meals are produced at the Long Sutton plant.

Lincolnshire Free Press

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1 October 2007