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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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9 comments

  • they build these windfarms offshore but the whinning minnies still have something to moan about,what do you want nuclear,fracking or fossil fuel all of which have environment issues come on you nimbies wake up and smell the coffee while you still can.

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    stoneman

    Sunday, November 6, 2016

  • Living near Necton, and having put up with the traffic for the Dudgeon off shore project sub-station, I think its about time some other Norfolk residents should suffer the same. Why not use the sub-station at Trowse or the one at Dunston. These are much nearer the landfall point of Bacton. But I suppose the NIMBYs there are richer than those at Necton and can afford more expensive solicitors to fight the Swedes, so the Swedes go for the easy touch...

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    Old Boater

    Sunday, November 6, 2016

  • Much better than fracking with all its corporate welfare,part of a fossil fuel subsidy that amounts to a bottomless pit of government expenditure.

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    Peter Watson

    Sunday, November 6, 2016

  • .. NROO.. You do realize that even with "Green Energy" there is a carbon cost? The wind turbines are not carbon free with all the steel and copper having to be made for them. Solar requires a lot of power to manufacture the panels as well. Then of course there is the social cost in case you forget. Power stations require a fair number of employees, wind and solar not so many, and the financial cost I do not think has adequately been sorted out.. But when the wind doesn't blow and the sun does not shine, what then, those nuc plants and fossil fuel plants are going to look really good...

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    canuk

    Sunday, November 6, 2016

  • Not a point of being a Nimby, but Necton already has a sub station being constructed and now they wish to put another two in the same village, this is not acceptable to the village of Necton, if you want windpower, which as yet to be proven, I suggest you have one in your back yard Suffolkpunch. It seems very strange that they come from the coast all the way to Necton, which by the way has great agricultural farmland, to build these substations, when surely there is plenty of unused ground away from everyone available for use.

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    Margaret Woodall

    Saturday, November 5, 2016

  • Also be good if these schemes can go ahead without a massive taxpayers subsidy.

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    andy

    Saturday, November 5, 2016

  • My understanding is that there will need to be substantial investment in further substation and distribution because the existing infrastructure is close to capacity. NROO clearly does not understand that wind and solar has to be backed up gas or diesel generators for when the wind or sun is not producing.

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    andy

    Saturday, November 5, 2016

  • The NIMBYS will soon be out in force.

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    Suffolkpunch

    Saturday, November 5, 2016

  • Let them get on with it. The sooner we realise that fossil fuels and nuclear is a road to nowhere, the better.

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    NROO

    Saturday, November 5, 2016

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