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Wherstead Parish Council chairman welcomes Babergh planners’ decision to reject Pannington wind turbine plans

PUBLISHED: 00:00 18 December 2014

A packed public meeting at Pinewood Community hall to hear the debate on the controversial proposals for a wind turbine on farmland at Wherstead, near Ipswich, earlier in the planning process.

A packed public meeting at Pinewood Community hall to hear the debate on the controversial proposals for a wind turbine on farmland at Wherstead, near Ipswich, earlier in the planning process.

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Campaigners fighting the installation of a wind turbine in their community were celebrating yesterday after planning permission for the structure was refused.

Babergh District Council planners decided the build should not go ahead at Pannington Hall Farm, Wherstead, following the recommendation to refuse the permission for the turbine made by its planning officer.

David Baldrey, the chairman of Wherstead Parish Council, said opponents of the plans were happy with the decision but thought the company behind the plans, Pertnership for Renewables (PfR) would appeal against it.

“We joined forces with other parish councils and got together to pool our resources and form our objections,” he said.

“We are happy that Babergh has gone along with the way we thought about it (the proposal).”

A spokesman for PfR said: “We felt the site was appropriate for the single turbine we were proposing and the council’s reasons for refusing the scheme were unreasonable and not based on solid evidence.

“Once we have received the written decision notice, we will take a decision on whether to appeal the refusal.”

10 comments

  • All those supporting wind energy should google and read "Analysis of UK wind generation" they will find is is poor value for money and only produces a fraction of that claimed

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    David T Fisk

    Monday, December 22, 2014

  • How tall were the old police radio masts beside the road through Wherstead?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Sunday, December 21, 2014

  • Old boy I suggest you take a short drive to our coast on a clear day and you will see thousands of wind turbines all up along the coast. There is no reason to build 1 inland apart from greed of the land owner. 130 meters is very high and in a flat part of the country so the whole south west of Ipswich would be affected by it.

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    peterh86

    Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Looking at the photographs of the celebrations of the locals, the only noisy droning I can imagine is from the short-sighted residents. Only in the UK could you get away with such pathetic excuses. The rest of the world moves on and improves, but Suffolk are apparently scared of progressing past the horse and cart in case they're disturbed by the sound of an engine once in a while. Time to get a world view and maybe leave the village once in a while.

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    OldBoy

    Friday, December 19, 2014

  • To anyone who doesn't live in this area, how would you like a large, noisy, droning eyesore built outside your house. Well done to all those who campaigned and hopefully this will be the end of it.

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    peterh86

    Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Preferably generating capacity that can be turned ON when it is needed, and turned OFF when it is not. You know, like the lights in your house; OnOff, you choose, and that is how it ought to be for generating capacity as well.

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    Rolf

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • NIMBY-ism at its finest, well done Wherstead, your certificate is in the post.

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    OldBoy

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • Sorry just to add.. In Belgium along the motorway.. they have wind machines along its length.. Motorways are not pretty, people usually don't live next to them and nobody really is driving down them for the view. We need to move away from fossel fuels so lets get on with it and use industrialnon residential sites to house these.. Germany, belgium and france seems to do it .. so why not us.

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    Ipswich Company Director

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • Here's an idea. sproughton sugar beet industrial area.. Put a ring of these around the land, build industrial building that also have roofs which are 100% solar and rent the property out to business. 3 in 1.. I own an industrial unit in farthing road.. It's not my home and I don't really care what view I have as long as I get natural light to the building. Its an industrial area used for industry.

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    Ipswich Company Director

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • Whilst not knowing the full details of this application, it does seem that a lot of applications for green energy- turbines and solar panels - are being refused. What is acceptable then ?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

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