New wind farm plan
PLANS for another wind farm in Suffolk are being examined in the west of the county.Enertrag UK, the company behind proposals to erect up to six turbines near Flixton, has confirmed that it is looking at another site but has declined to identify the location.
PLANS for another wind farm in Suffolk are being examined in the west of the county.
Enertrag UK, the company behind proposals to erect up to six turbines near Flixton, has confirmed that it is looking at another site but has declined to identify the location.
However, it is known to have been having informal talks with planning officers at St Edmundsbury Borough Council over the possible use of the former Second World War airfield at Chedburgh.
The proposal has already won support from the parish council, which said it is keen to make use of the derelict piece of land.
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Nelson Swinney, parish clerk said that any plans to bring a source of renewable energy into the village would receive backing from the council.
“This is something that we want to support and there is a piece of land in mind, although we have yet to consult with the owner or the residents in the village who would have to give their approval.
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“The council has been thinking about this for at least 18 months and although it would be a long way down the road it is something that we would like to see if possible.”
Peter Westcott, Chedburgh Parish Council chairman said: “It is very much in the early stages and we need to negotiate on the piece of land before we can do anything.
“All we are doing at the moment is exploring the site and trying to find ways to make use of the wasteland and derelict building, but we do support renewable energy.”
St Edmundsbury Borough Council said it had received an informal approach from Enertrag but declined to identify the location discussed.
Marianne Hulland, spokeswoman, said: “St Edmundsbury is supportive of appropriate renewable energy schemes but there are serious issues to address including the effect on nearby residents and wildlife and any impact on landscape.
“We have had occasional queries including an informal approach by Enertrag.”
But wherever the location, any wind farm plan in Suffolk seems sure to attract controversy, and all proposals to date have aroused opposition.
A group called Waveney Windfarm Watch has been formed to fight proposals for Enertrag's existing Suffolk scheme at Flixton and objections have also been registered by the nearby St Peters Brewery firm.
Plans by Ipswich-based Saxon Windpower to erect six turbines at St James South Elmham, near Bungay, were abandoned earlier this year after a fierce opposition campaign by local residents.
The same firm's proposal to create a wind farm on the former Parham Airfield, near Framlingham, is also being fought although planning permission has already been granted for the erection of a test mast.
David Linley, project manager for Enertrag UK, confirmed that plans for a six turbine wind farm elsewhere in Suffolk were being considered.
“We are not going to disclose the location at this stage. It is still early days,” he said.