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Fear factory turbines will hit house prices  

Villagers in Little Sutton are campaigning against a factory’s plans to install two 120m wind turbines near their homes.

Walter Moore, chairman of Little Sutton Parish Meeting, says villagers have already written to planners at South Holland District Council opposing the plans.

Mr Moore, of Bridge Road, said: “The main worry is we have to live with the noise and everything else and it is going to de-value everyone’s property.

“It is proven that wind turbines are not effective at what they are supposed to do and there are better ways of producing electricity without spoiling the environment for other people.

“If they want to build them it should be somewhere else and not where people live.”

Under plans submitted to the district council, Premier Foods says the turbine towers will be 80m tall with blades 40m long.

The 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.

A spokesman for Premier Foods says significant research has been done with the manufacturer and an external noise consultant which says there will be no issue with noise and vibration.

He said: “They are taking the concerns of local people seriously. That is why they conducted research in the first place.”

Bridge Road firm Premier Foods wants to build two 2MW turbines on land belonging to T and P Piccaver, at Holme Farm, to generate electricity for its factory and the national grid.

But Little Sutton residents are fighting against the plans amid fears that the turbines would create vibrations, noise and de-value their properties.

People living in the hamlet also say that they already have to put up with the smells coming out of the factory.

By Victoria Fear

Spalding Guardian

27 December 2007

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