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New application for Wyverstone wind turbines  

Credit:  BBC, bbc.co.uk 18 November 2010 ~~

A new planning application has been submitted to build two wind turbines in Wyverstone near Stowmarket.

Wind Power Renewables’ previous two applications to build on Potash Farm were rejected.

Stop Wyverstone Windfarm Action Group (SWAAG) committee member Simon Williams said it will oppose the move again.

“We’re disappointed it’s come back. We were hoping that after the second time it was turned down the developer wouldn’t reapply,” said Mr Williams.

The wind turbines would be 78 metres tall to the hub, or 130 metres to the tip.

“It’s specifically about the site itself, which is far too small,” said Mr Williams.

“It’s far too close to many houses and some important bridleways that have only been opened after a long campaign and a public inquiry.

“Most developers and even Renewables East say turbines shouldn’t be built within 700 metres of houses, yet this proposal is to put them about 500 metres from the nearest house.”

The development has been discussed for the past three years, with the most recent application retracted in March 2010 on the advice of Mid Suffolk District Council.

“The second time round it was [due to] noise because it was so close,” said Mr Williams.

“There was also an issue of shadow flicker, which is about the strobing effect caused by the turbines, and then there was an issue about a completion bond – whether there was any money to take the turbines down once they reached the end of their lives.

“We’re fed up but determined to fight it.”

Wind Power Renewables has so far been unavailable for comment.

Source:  BBC, bbc.co.uk 18 November 2010

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