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Committee throws out wind turbine proposal

Council planners have refused a controversial application to build two 130m high wind turbines in a quiet Mid Suffolk village.

Plans for two wind turbines and a substation at Potash Farm, in Wyverstone, were submitted to planning officials at Mid Suffolk District Council (MSDC) last year.

The proposals, submitted by Potash Wind Farm Ltd, were refused at a planning control committee meeting on Wednesday, held at the district council’s Needham Market offices, following almost 500 comments about the proposal with almost all of them objecting to the move.

Planning officers recommended that the plans were refused because the turbines would have a ‘dominant and overbearing, detrimental impact’ on people living nearby and to public rights of way users.

In their report to the committee, they also said that the proposal ‘fails to secure the appropriate measures for decommissioning the turbines at the end of their life’.

This was a revised application after plans submitted in 2009 were refused on grounds of ‘insufficient information’ on noise and shadow flicker and failure to secure decommissioning.

MSDC received a string of complaints from Wyverstone residents and members of the public as well as objections from 11 parish councils.

A design and access statement, submitted with the application, said the plans would allow use of the arable site for ‘the generation of renewable and sustainable electricity’.

It said the turbines would produce 17,344kWh of ‘clean renewable electrical energy’, enough to supply electricity to more than 3,600 homes.