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Wherstead: New plans submitted to Babergh District Council for wind turbine near Jimmy’s Farm

PUBLISHED: 14:32 20 December 2013 | UPDATED: 14:32 20 December 2013

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Plans for a wind turbine near Jimmy’s Farm have been registered with Babergh District Council.

It comes just a few months after the same company wanting to build the structure withdrew plans for another turbine near Belstead.

Partnerships for Renewables (PfR) want to build the turbine on land at Pannington Farm in Wherstead.

Jerry Sturman, Regional Manager at PfR, said: “We have now completed all the environmental and technical studies and extensive pre-application consultation, which have confirmed our belief that the site is an appropriate one for wind energy development.

“We believe the land is suitable for a single turbine which will stand at a maximum tip height of 130 meters and could generate up to 5.4 gigawatt hours (GWh) of green electricity every year – enough to power approximately 1,280 homes.

“We would like to thank those who attended our community surgeries on the December 4 and 6 in Belstead and Pinewood.

“It was clear attendees were appreciative of the opportunity to view the planning application and share any questions or comments with the project team.

“Although numbers were down from our previous surgeries for a two turbine proposal, it was encouraging to hear some positive feedback on the decision to instead go ahead with a single turbine project.”

As part of the development there would be a community benefit fund generating up to £12,500 per year for the life of the project available to the local community to be spent as it sees fit.

Stop Ipswich Turbines, a group which campaigned against the earlier two-turbine plan, have previously said they would also oppose the construction of a single turbine at Pannington Farm.

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