Bid for new wind farm in mid Suffolk

DEVELOPERS have unveiled a new bid to build four 125-metre high wind turbines in mid Suffolk.The wind farm would be located near Mickfield and the Mendlesham mast, not far from the A140, and would supply electricity to more than 5,500 homes with the structures almost seven times higher than a typical parish church.

DEVELOPERS have unveiled a new bid to build four 125-metre high wind turbines in mid Suffolk.

The wind farm would be located near Mickfield and the Mendlesham mast, not far from the A140, and would supply electricity to more than 5,500 homes with the structures almost seven times higher than a typical parish church.

SLP Energy (Sea & Land Power and Energy Ltd), the company responsible for installing the Ness Point turbine in Lowestoft three years ago, is behind the move and has submitted a detailed report running to Mid Suffolk District Council on the firm's proposals. The wind farm would run for 25 years.

The complex would be near a small airstrip used by paragliders, hangliders and micro-lights and they would be unable to continue operating from the area of the windfarm gets the go-ahead.


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Carolyn Triscott, a former Mendlesham parish councillor who lives in the community, said: “We do not want these monstrosities, there are other forms we should use - not nuclear, but solar and wave power.”

But other local residents describe them as attractive features adding to the landscape. Andrew Stringer, a Green mid Suffolk district councillor who represents Mendlesham, said: “People either love wind farms or loathe them, there is never a grey area. It's early days with this one but some residents are strongly opposed.”

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SLP Energy has sent a report to the council about studies to be undertaken as part of an assessment of the impact the development would have on the environment but have stressed it is not an application for planning permission.

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