Controversial wind farm approved

SUFFOLK is to get its first wind farm after planners today agreed to a £10 million scheme for six 100 metre high turbines in field at Parham airfield.Suffolk Coastal council's development control committee reached its decision on the controversial application after a five-hour debate at the Riverside Centre at Stratford St Andrew.

SUFFOLK is to get its first wind farm after planners today agreed to a £10 million scheme for six 100 metre high turbines in field at Parham airfield.

Suffolk Coastal council's development control committee reached its decision on the controversial application after a five-hour debate at the Riverside Centre at Stratford St Andrew.

Fourteen councillors voted in favour and one against as the project was approved. Saxon Windpower will have to meet 18 conditions, details of which are still being finalised.

Planning officers had recommended in favour of the scheme, which will produce enough energy for 4,000 homes - which represents eight per cent of the population of the district - and help to cut carbon emissions.

Opponents said the turbines would have an enormous impact on the Suffolk landscape and feared they would cause noise problems, and a 500-strong action group called No Windfarm At Parham was formed to fight the plans.

See tomorrow's Evening Star for a full report on the crucial meeting.