A 78 metre high wind turbine could be built on the outskirts of Haverhill by the same man who will erect a controversial turbine in Clare.
After getting the go ahead to put up the Clare turbine on Maple Hill of Chilton Street, despite the opposition of five parish councils, numerous heritage groups and the local St Edmundsbury councillors, James Sills now plans to build a second solo turbine on the land between Hazel Stub and Nosterfield End.
Numerous groups oppose the turbine, including Haverhill Town Council and Shudy Camps Parish Council and many of the surrounding residents, though notably the parish councils of Sturmer and Castle Camps do not object.
The plans are due to be decided by St Edmundsbury Borough Council on April 30, though as there have been objections they will then be called in by the ward member for Haverhill South, which is represented by Cllrs Maureen Byrne and Phil French, and be heard by the development control committee.
Cllr Byrne, who opposed the plans for the Clare turbine, said she will represent the views of nearby residents in the matter.
“With the information I’ve got at the moment I don’t think it’s a suitable location for a turbine,” she said.
“I’m not anti-turbines and I think in some instances in the right location you can have them without them being troublesome and making people object to them, but there are alternatives to putting them so near residential communities.”
Haverhill Town Council objects to the proposals on a number of grounds, one of which was that the public consultation period was insufficient.
The council also states that ‘the visual impact of the wind turbine will have a detrimental impact on the surrounding area’, and that the neighbouring Grade II listed buildings will suffer by its presence.
Shudy Camps council recommended rejection, saying: “There are potentially unresolved issues with possible effects on digital TV reception and air traffic control radars, which clearly need to be resolved.”
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (April 25) Echo.
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