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Fight begins against wind turbine appeal for Nosterfield End

Visual impact, noise and effects on residents’ homes are only some of the complaints against plans for a wind turbine.

The turbine, proposed for farmland outside of Haverhill, was refused by councillors in February.

Though the application was recommended for approval, it was refused on the grounds it would have “an adverse impact on the landscape”.

Now, an appeal has been lodged by applicant James Sills, and original complaints are being re-entered.

Mr Sills said: “Our detailed assessments, responses from the expert statutory consultees, and two separate planning officer reports confirmed that this is an acceptable location for a single wind turbine development of this scale.”

Colin Poole, town clerk, has re-entered original complaints on behalf of Haverhill Town Council.

In a letter to Jonathan Alden, of the planning inspectorate, he outlined how the proposed turbine, which would measure 78m from root to tip, would damage the surrounding area.

It would have an impact nearby Hazel Stub, he said, and also effect residents’ enjoyment of their homes and gardens.

The letter said: “The town council is not persuaded by the evidence submitted that noise impact will be insignificant.”

It also noted a previous objections from the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) about an impact on air traffic control, and “anomalies” in measurements identified by residents.

Cllr Julian Flood has argued that its construction is likely to kill a rare species of a bat found near the site, and lower house prices by up to 17 per cent.

Mr Sills added: “We disagree with the position of the planning committee and have chosen to appeal their decision. We look forward to hearing the views of the planning inspector.”