A man living in a holiday park near to where a £200million gas-fired power station may be built has launched a petition to stop the development.
Carl Brown, of Four Oaks Park, in Brome, believes the plant planned for Eye Airfield could cause “immense unrest”.
Energy developer Progress Power believes the plant would plough tens of millions of pounds into the local economy, support hundreds of jobs during construction, and create up to 30 new full-time jobs.
Mr Brown, who has lived in the area for five years, and has about 20 signatures - with more to follow - on the petition he has sent to Mid Suffolk District Council, and the Planning Inspectorate, said: “Residents and park homeowners strongly oppose the plans, and we need an intervention to stop it from happening. Eye has been a tranquil town for many years, and it would be an injustice to spoil that ambiance with the planning of a power station, causing an ugly sight and noise pollution, when it could be built in some of the UK’s many open spaces away from homes.”
A meeting with Four Oaks Park residents and local MP Dr Dan Poulter took place on Friday.
The proposed plant would take gas from the nearby National Gas Transmission System, and use it to produce electricity. Chris McKerrow, of Progress Power, said: “We will do our utmost to ensure the power station causes the minimum disturbance locally, during construction and operation, and it will be subject to stringent emission regulations.”
Subject to successful planning processes, the power plant could start operating from 2018.