BT Renewables at Clare, Suffolk

News - July 2012

Leys Farm, Clare, Suffolk

After extended wind monitoring and analysis, we have concluded that there is not sufficient wind resource necessary to make a future wind project viable at this location and therefore we will not be progressing with the development.

We have advised St Edmundsbury Borough Council of this decision and will also contact representatives of the local community.

We would like to thank members of the local community for their interest and engagement in the project. 

News - February 2012

BT is exploring options for a three-turbine wind development at Leys Farm, Clare. We are continuing to work with our team of experts to ensure we come up with the best possible design for the site. We are undertaking further extended wind monitoring at the site before we submit a planning application.

We will fully inform the local community of further progress.

News - May 2011

The planned open day for the BT Wind project on 11th May 2011 has been postponed as we are undertaking further assessments. Further information on the new proposals will be available here in the near future.

As part of our BT Renewables onshore wind programme, we would like to erect up to six 2.3MW turbines, near Clare in Suffolk. Our proposals at Clare will contribute to BT’s UK target of generating 250MW of electricity from onshore wind power; helping the company to secure its own future supply of energy.

The proposed site lies south of Chilton Street and to the north of the A1092 between Stoke by Clare and Clare. A draft layout of the site is available below.

Clare wind farm location

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Met Mast Approved – August 2010

At a meeting of St Edmundsbury Council’s Development Control Committee on the 5th August 2010 BT obtained planning permission to install a 60 metre high meteorological mast (met mast) for a period of three years at Leys Farm, Stoke by Clare.

The met mast will be a temporary structure allowing BT to measure wind speeds and direction. Wind gauges on the mast (anemometers) measure the wind speed at different heights; at the maximum height of 60m and at 50m and 40m. Two wind vanes will measure the wind direction and the data collected will then be used to assess the appropriateness of the site for a more permanent wind turbine development.

The met mast will have no foundation but will have five anchor points, four long term anchors to hold the mast in place and one used to raise and lower the mast. Each anchor will have a hole approximately 2m deep, 1.5m long and 1m wide. A large timber is placed at the bottom of each hole and this is then backfilled using the material removed. No concrete is required.

Installation of a met mast typically takes around 2-3 days. BT expects this process to start during September 2010 after it has informed the local authority. This is a condition of the planning permission.

At the end of the 3 years period during the decommissioning process, the anchors will be removed and the site restored to its former agricultural use.

Public Exhibition – July 2010

We held a two-day exhibition at the Old School Community Centre in Clare on the 16th and 17th of July 2010. More than 250 visitors attended the exhibition enabling members of the BT team to meet local residents, listen to their views and answer their questions.

Those attending the exhibition had the opportunity to see how the proposed turbines would look from specific locations using photomontages created by our Landscape and Visual team. These are available to view here: 

Download photomontages PDF document

These photomontages are shown here for illustrative purposes only. 

Please click on the link to view an overview of progress on the proposals as presented at the exhibitionPDF document.

We received a substantial number of comments over the course of the two days. You can view answers to some common questions about the Wind for Change project and our Clare proposal specifically here PDF document.

Should BT submit a formal planning application, the questions that were logged on the comment forms will be submitted to the Local Planning Authority as part of our Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) which is a required part of the planning application process.

BT is a major UK employer and an active member of the Suffolk community, both through the services it provides and its role in Creating a Greener Suffolk. The company is committed to being a good neighbour and it is therefore important to us that the local community benefits from our plans. We are encouraged by the many useful discussions we have had about potential community benefits over the course of the two-day exhibition.

If you have any suggestions about how the scheme could benefit the local area we would be pleased to hear your views and ideas.

We are at the early stage of developing the site layout and will now progress to undertaking more detailed environmental impact studies. These will look at specific areas such as noise impacts and landscape and visual considerations.

We have already carried out noise impact studies which have indicated that noise will not be a major issue and, as is normal practice, will now progress to installing noise monitoring equipment at residential properties close to the site. We will continue to monitor this closely over the next few months.

As a result of feedback from local people we will also be undertaking further photography around the site to develop more images of how the development would appear from additional locations.

These will be additional to the viewpoints previously agreed with the Local Planning Authority.

We are keen to maintain an open dialogue during the planning process and will welcome any further views from individuals or organisations with an interest in the proposals.

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