Concerns outlined for wind farm tests

A HITLIST of environment concerns that need to be addressed surrounding a proposed wind farm has been drawn up by a district council.Suffolk Coastal District Council has spelled out the information it requires to be included in a report about the environmental impact of the planned development at Parham airfield.

A HITLIST of environment concerns that need to be addressed surrounding a proposed wind farm has been drawn up by a district council.

Suffolk Coastal District Council has spelled out the information it requires to be included in a report about the environmental impact of the planned development at Parham airfield.

Saxon Windpower is hoping to build six 101metre-high wind turbines at the former U.S. air force site, near Framlingham.

The council is requesting information, covering all environmental effects of such a development, which would include a full explanation of why this site was chosen, compared to alternatives, and the scale of the proposal.


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It would also concentrate on the effects on wildlife and the environment along with possible electro-magnetic interference and air safeguarding.

Ivan Jowers, chairman of the council's development control committee, said: “I would thank everyone, including the local parish councils, who have taken the time to help us draw up our detailed demands.

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“We have now written to the agent working for Saxon Windpower to spell out all the issues we think need to be covered (in the Environmental Impact Assessment).”

“If a planning application is submitted then this council needs to have as much evidence as possible before it can reach a decision,” added Mr Jowers.

“I can assure all residents that they will have their chance to make their comments if a planning application is received, and that councillors will take them fully into account.

Among the organisations that have responded to Suffolk Coastal are Suffolk County Council, English Heritage, English Nature, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and the Environment Agency.

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