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New wind farm plans for Suffolk

Developers have unveiled new plans to build four 125-metre high wind turbines in mid Suffolk.

The wind farm would be located near Mickfield and the Mendlesham mast, not far from the A140, and would supply electricity to more than 5,500 homes with the structures almost seven times higher than a typical parish church.

SLP Energy (Sea & Land Power and Energy Ltd), the company responsible for installing the Ness Point turbine in Lowestoft three years ago, is behind the move and has submitted a detailed report running to more than 30 pages to Mid Suffolk District Council on the firm’s proposals. The wind farm would run for 25 years.

A spokesman for the business said: “SLP Energy is actively developing a portfolio of wind energy projects.

“The company completed the installation of the Ness Point wind turbine in Lowestoft in December 2004.

“This was a landmark development for East Anglia and was a visual statement of Waveney District Council’s commitment to sustainable energy provision for its residents.”

The company said they would be carrying out a noise impact assessment by an independent acoustics consultant and said that the proposal was at a very early stage.

The complex would be near a small airstrip used by paragliders, hangliders and micro-lights and they would be unable to continue operating from the area of the windfarm gets the go-ahead.

Carolyn Triscott, a former Mendlesham parish councillor who lives in the community, said: “We do not want these monstrosities, there are other forms we should use – not nuclear, but solar and wave power.

“There are also a lot of bird fatalities when they get caught in the propellers. There’s the noise pollution and they supply less electricity than people think. There are masses of them across France and I loathe them.”

But other local residents describe them as attractive features adding to the landscape. Andrew Stringer, a Green mid Suffolk district councillor who represents Mendlesham, said people had strong views, both for and against.

He said: “People either love wind farms or loathe them, there is never a grey area. It’s early days with this one but some residents are strongly opposed.”

SLP Energy has sent a report to the council about studies to be undertaken as part of an assessment of the impact the development would have on the environment. Company spokeswoman Kerry-Leigh Bradfield said: “We would like to stress that this is not an application for planning permission to construct a wind farm at this stage.”

The latest bid comes as campaigners at nearby Wyverstone have launched a campaign to stop another developer building a wind farm on a green-field site which would see two turbines built.

Stop Wyverstone Wind farm Action Group (SWWAG) opposes the proposed development in Potash Lane and Dr Neil Macey, a Stowmarket GP and SWWAG’s chairman, said there was huge support for their protest.

By John Howard

East Anglian Daily Times

13 October 2007