LONG SUTTON: Wind turbine plans on show

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A COMPANY planning to put up an 86.5 metre wind turbine at Long Sutton is holding public consultations at The Curlew Centre, Sutton Bridge, on Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4.

Oxford company Susenco Management Ltd is seeking planning consent for the 500kw turbine with the intention of supplying around ten per cent of the Princes Foods factory’s energy needs.

Submitted on behalf of Little Sutton Energy Company, the application says the turbine – measuring 60m to the hub – will go beside the A17 on land owned by farmers T and P Piccaver. The plan is now being considered by South Holland District Council.

As well as supplying energy to Princes Foods, or other businesses, the company promises to give away a total of £65,000 in “community payments” to fund things like a community owned array of solar panels or energy generation or efficiency schemes in homes.

Susenco Solutions director Dr Mark Hinnells said the turbine would save an estimated 25,000 tonnes of carbon over its lifetime and produce enough power annually to serve 455 homes.

l The consultation events run from 10am to 8pm each day.