Carlton Colville turbine plan set for refusal

An application to build a wind turbine on a north Suffolk farm has been recommended for refusal by planners as there is no information on how it will affect wildlife and the look of the area.

Next week members of Waveney District Council's development control committee will be discussing the plan by Stephen Hayward to build a turbine at Priory Farm in Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft.

The turbine would have an overall height of 77 metres.

In a planning report to be presented at Tuesday night's meeting, council planning officers say the plan should be rejected as it provides 'insufficient information on visual impact and impact on wildlife' in the submission.

There are also concerns over the lack of information about noise and 'shadow flicker' from the proposed turbine.

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The planning report also says that the turbine scheme should be thrown out as the Ministry of Defence objects to the plan as it will cause 'unacceptable interference' to its radar at RAF Trimingham, near Cromer.

Tuesday's committee meeting will also be told that 13 neighbours have sent in objections to the plans for the farm at Mutfordwood Lane, with 12 concerns including visual intrusion, television interference, noise disturbance, the impact on wildlife and the safety of horse-riders.

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Other objectors to the plan include Carlton Colville Town Council, Mutford Parish Council and Suffolk Wildlife Trust, which says that the turbine would be 50 metres from habitat which may be used by bats and may pose a risk to marsh and hen harriers.

There are already three turbines on the farm.

Mr Hayward says that the proposed turbine would help him power his business for 20 years.

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