Ipswich Borough Council is investigating the wind energy potential of land it owns at Thorington Barn, adjacent to the A14.
The site (shown in red on the map) was earmarked for wind energy development by the Council in 2008 and Partnerships for Renewables has now started detailed site assessments.
The aim of this work is to establish if the site is environmentally, technically and strategically appropriate for a wind turbine development and to develop a project, with the input of local stakeholders, which can contribute towards the UK’s renewable energy targets.
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Studies carried out to date suggest that the land may be suitable for up to three commercial-scale wind turbines which could generate around 16.5 gigawatt hours (GWh) of green electricity every year, enough to power 3,600 homes.The turbines could have a maximum tip-height of 125-130m (typically an 80m tower with 45-50m blades).
In May 2011 Partnerships for Renewables submitted a planning application for a temporary wind monitoring mast (to gather onsite wind speed data) to Babergh District Council. The application reference number is B/11/00488 and it can be accessed on the Council’s planning portal:
They are also currently carrying out bird monitoring and a range of ecology studies, including bats, and intend to submit a Scoping Report to Babergh District Council in the near future.
Partnerships for Renewables are discussing their plans with site neighbours and communities. Their next consultation event will take place on 14th July when they will be hosting a small community surgery in Belstead village hall. The surgery will run from 3pm to 7pm and will provide the following information:
• A map with proposed turbine locations and wireframe diagrams from two local viewpoints – Belstead and Pinewood
• Answers to key questions posed at the March exhibition
• Updates on the studies currently being carried out
• News on the met mast application and the Scoping Report
There will also be a guided site walkover at 7pm.