Community wind turbine plans resubmitted in Palgrave

Two public meetings will take place over the next week to discuss resubmitted plans for a wind turbine at a village hall on the Norfolk-Suffolk border.

Palgrave Community Council, near Diss, has applied for planning consent for a 24m-high mast at the corner of the playing fields off Upper Rose Lane.

The new application comes after proposals for the turbine project, which aims to reduce the village hall's electricity bill, was withdrawn earlier this year.

The community council, which will hold a meeting at the hall from 7.30pm tomorrow, have submitted the turbine scheme to be further away from homes.

Palgrave Parish Council will then discuss their response to the new application at the community centre at 7.30pm on Thursday.

The proposals come after Palgrave Community Council missed out on funding from an East of England Development Agency carbon-cutting competition last year.

John Kilgannon, committee member for the centre, said the 'micro turbine' would slash �2,500 from their fuel bills and generate another estimated �6,000 a year through a green energy government tariff. He added that the new plans would cause less impact on the playing field and was 120m from the nearest house.

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'This is going to be for the benefit of the community centre and will help to pay for capital projects in the future. It [the turbine] will not cause a noise nuisance and the flicker will not affect people. All the practical concerns that people have raised are not a viable argument and we are trying to convince people,' he said.

Palgrave Parish Council previously objected to the wind turbine project because of the potential noise and visual impact to residents and the 'detrimental' impact on the landscape and conservation area.

The plans can be viewed at www.midsuffolk.gov.uk. So far, the application has attracted 22 objections and six letters in favour. The proposals are set to be determined next month.