Clare/Haverhill: Appeal launched over decision to turn down Nosterfield End turbine - but Clare wind turbine travel plan is set to change

Nosterfield End, near Haverhill

Nosterfield End, near Haverhill - Credit: Archant

Campaigners are gearing up to renew their fight against plans for a wind turbine in west Suffolk after the applicants lodged an appeal over the decision to refuse planning.

James Sills has appealed against St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s decision to turn down the plans for Nosterfield End, Haverhill, with the proposals now set to be pored over by a planning inspector before a final decision is made.

The application was fiercely opposed by the town before it was rejected by the council’s development control committee in February, with Haverhill town and borough councillor Maureen Byrne among the loudest objectors.

She said: “The next fight coming up is against the wind turbine as an appeal has been lodged.

“It is a shame because me and the other councillors were quite clear in our verdicts the last time this was decided.

“We will have to see what the planning inspector decides but councillors and the local community have made their feelings very clear already.”

A spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury confirmed that an appeal had been lodged by Mr Sills.

Mr Sills is also behind the plans for a similar turbine near Clare, which has planning permission but provoked fury from the town’s residents with a travel plan that would have seen the turbine pass through Clare’s narrow streets.

However, Mr Sills is now working with the county council on an alternative route for the turbine’s delivery.

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Mary Evans, the county councillor for Clare, said the preferred route was now to bring the larger loads round Haverhill, up the A143 through Stradishall and down to Chilton Street.

The lighter loads would be delivered round the south of Haverhill over Baythorne Bridge, through Stoke By Clare up Maple Hill and to the site.

A spokeswoman from Engena, a Suffolk-based renewable energy firm which is the agent for both Mr Sills’s plans, confirmed that an appeal has been lodged with St Edmundsbury for the Nosterfield End turbine, and that they were working with the county council about a new delivery route to avoid Clare.