First onshore wind farm gets go-ahead

SUFFOLK's first onshore wind farm has been given the final go-ahead and work will begin next year, it has been announced.But campaigners against the wind farm at Parham, near Framlingham, said they were taking legal advice in a bid to stop the development.

SUFFOLK's first onshore wind farm has been given the final go-ahead and work will begin next year, it has been announced.

But campaigners against the wind farm at Parham said they were taking legal advice in a bid to stop the development.

The six turbines, which will stand almost 100m tall, will be built on Parham airfield and part of a 310-hectare farm in the parishes of Parham, Great Glemham and Marlesford.

Planning permission had been granted in July last year but in recent months, developer Your Energy had asked for a modification to the plans, which would have involved longer blades on the turbines.

But last night Suffolk Coastal District Council said the revised plan had been dropped and the development would now go-ahead.

Your Energy claims that the wind farm will generate enough energy to meet the average needs of 3,000 homes.

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The turbine blades will be 26.5m long on a 73.25m high tower. The council said they met all conditions imposed when the development was first given conditional backing by Suffolk Coastal councillors in October 2005.

John Constable, chairman of the local residents' group No Wind Farm at Parham (Nowap), said the council had “rushed through” consent without putting a variation in the plans to the council's development control committee.

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