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Implications of windfarm plans outlined in report to councillors

PUBLISHED: 08:47 05 November 2016

One of Vattenfall's windfarms, at Kentish Flats. Pic: Robin Dawe/ Perfectly Clear Marketing

One of Vattenfall's windfarms, at Kentish Flats. Pic: Robin Dawe/ Perfectly Clear Marketing

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An early report on what two major North Sea windfarms could mean for Norfolk is to be released to county councillors.

Swedish company Vattenfall wants to build its Norfolk Vanguard windfarm 30 miles east of Great Yarmouth and bring the cables ashore between Bacton and Eccles-on-Sea to continue to a substation at Necton.

Meanwhile, Danish firm DONG Energy is considering whether to run cables, which would connect its huge Hornsea Project Three scheme to the national grid, through parts of north Norfolk, Broadland and south Norfolk.

The report, which will be received by members of Norfolk County Council’s environment, transport and development (ETD) committee at their meeting on Friday, sets out what is known about the two proposals and the planning process that will need to be followed if they are to come to fruition.

It also outlines a number of key potential implications for the county including the need for onshore grid connections, the impact of the power cables on the environment, the effects on fishing and shipping and the potential for new jobs.

Martin Wilby, chairman of the ETD committee, welcomed the early discussion about the two schemes and said he wanted committee members to be kept fully informed as the two projects develop.

He said: “We will play a full part as a statutory consultee and will keep our councillors fully informed as information becomes available. I would encourage Norfolk residents and parish councils to contribute to the discussions as they develop in the coming months.”

The two proposals have the potential to provide 3.3 million households with electricity and will eventually be determined by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Both proposals will see underground cables being used and both companies have already begun to engage with local residents about what the proposals could mean via a series of public exhibitions.

Construction work is not expected to get underway until 2020.

The EDT committee will meet in County Hall at 10am and people are welcome to attend. Committee members are being asked to note the contents of the report at this stage.

What do you think about the proposed windfarms? Email kathryn.bradley@archant.co.uk

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