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SLP submit plans for mast near Eye

PUBLISHED: 15:16 01 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:41 05 July 2010

DEVELOPERS who have been considering building a multi-million pound wind farm have applied for permission to erect a 60 metre high metrological mast to assess wind levels at the site.

DEVELOPERS who have been considering building a multi-million pound wind farm have applied for permission to erect a 60 metre high metrological mast to assess wind levels at the site.

Sea & Land Power & Energy Ltd, from Lowestoft - the company responsible for installing the Ness Point turbine in the town four years ago - is behind the initiative near Eye.

The firm has submitted an application to Mid Suffolk District Council for the 60 metre tall monitoring mast on land at Mickfield Hall Farm, Mickfield, to gather wind data for 18 months.

The move comes after the company last year informed the authority of its plans near the Mendlesham Mast for four 125 metre high wind turbines - almost seven times higher than a typical parish church - to supply electricity to more than 5,500 homes for 25 years.

Carolyn Triscott, a former parish councillor who lives in the Mendlesham Green, said: “I have seen a wind farm in Cornwell and am dead against them. I am an RSPB member and birds get killed when they are migrating and a wind farm is in their flight track. I am not against nuclear power, it is clean and efficient, if run properly.

“Some of these wind turbines are huge and not very efficient anyway. Power only goes into the national grid and people locally will not benefit.”

Andrew Stringer, a Green mid Suffolk district councillor who represents Mendlesham, said: “The idea of putting a wind farm around the area of the mast has been in the pipeline a long time.

“Despite reservations from the military, who were concerned it would interfere with the radar, the application to test to see if there is enough wind here, has now been put forward. Residents are hugely mixed over this. It has long been dubbed marmite issue, people either love them or hate them.

“There is a lot of interest in renewable energy projects on this site and renewable energy has to form part of our future energy needs, but we need more information to judge each application on its merits.”

The firm issued a very brief statement yesterday, but did not expand on its current plans for the site if wind levels are found to be suitable.

A spokeswoman said: “SLP Energy has applied for planning permission to erect a 60m temporary meteorological mast. The mast will be used to confirm the wind resource within the surrounding area.”

A spokeswoman for the district council said they are currently consulting on the application and expect to reach a decision after November 26.

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