Clare wind turbine plan goes in

FEARS have been raised that south west Suffolk is being targeted by wind farm developers after a third application was made on land near Clare.

The concern was raised by the campaign group, Stop Turbines Over Clare (Stoc) after James Sills submitted a planning application to build a single turbine up to 78 metres high on land he owns on Maple Hill, just 800 metres from Chilton Street and less than 1.5 miles north west of Clare.

The application also includes a new access track, a hard standing, a small substation building and associated infrastructure.

Iona Parker, one of the founding members of Stoc, said: “We were extremely surprised to find out that a planning application has been made for yet another turbine.

“BT was planning to build three wind turbines on the neighbouring farm but, after extensive wind monitoring, it concluded there was not enough wind at the site to make the project financially viable.

“If there is no wind there, we cannot understand why there would be enough wind a few hundred meters away.

“We will be strongly objecting to the application. In our view, this area is not a suitable location for wind turbines.

“It is rich in historical and architectural interest. The site is on the edge of the Stour Valley Project area and a turbine of this height would have a significant impact on views across the valley.”

There are also plans for a much larger wind farm on another neighbouring farm consisting of up to 10 126-metre high turbines on a site near Clare.

A planning application has already been submitted for a meteorological mast and the application for the wind farm is in the pre-planning stage.

Mrs Parker added: “We are extremely concerned that south west Suffolk is now being targeted by wind farm developers.

“We need as many people as possible to sign up and join the fight against these turbines.”