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Decision on Haverhill wind turbine tomorrow

James Sills had hoped to build a 78 metre high wind turbine in Nosterfield End

James Sills had hoped to build a 78 metre high wind turbine in Nosterfield End

 

A decision is set to be made tomorrow (Thursday, February 6) about whether or not to allow a 78 metre high wind turbine to be built on the outskirts of Haverhill.

James Sills plans to build the controversial turbine in Nosterfield End having already gained planning permission for a similar turbine in Clare.

There have been 58 objections to his plans this time, including from several parishes, Haverhill Town Council and Suffolk County Councillors.

A decision was due to be made at St Edmundsbury Council’s development control committee meeting on January 2, when it looked like councillors would put a stop to the plans.

However, they were blocked from doing so in a decision labelled ‘an erosion of democracy’ after legal officer Peter Heard advised that to do so would likely see them lose on appeal given that English Heritage, Suffolk Wildlife and other bodies had not raised similar objections.

It was agreed that head of planning Rachael Almond would ensure a risk assessment was compiled detailing the legal risks the council would face by voting no and be presented at today’s meeting, where a decision will be made.

For the latest updates follow @JackTappin on Twitter.

For all the latest news see tomorrow (Thursday, February 6) Echo.

 

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